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We start talking about 16-0 and 0-16 seasons way too early. It’s fun, but over the course of a season teams are likely to falter once, or stumble into a win. Whether it’s wins or losses, 16 in a row is hard.
After Sunday’s fiasco at the end of the Las Vegas Raiders-New York Jets game, the betting market says it’s more likely than not that the Jets go 0-16.
The Jets lost with seconds left when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams inexplicably sent a full blitz at Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Carr hit rookie Henry Ruggs, in single coverage with no deep help, for a game-winning 46-yard touchdown.
And with that, the Jets became favored at BetMGM to finish the season as the third 0-16 team in NFL history.
Jets favored to go 0-16
When BetMGM updated its prop on whether a team will go 0-16 this season, the “yes” became the favorite.
The odds for the Jets going 0-16 are -115, meaning a bettor would have to bet $115 to win $100.
The Jets came within one awful play of knocking off a Raiders team that has beat the Chiefs, Saints and is in playoff contention. It’s not impossible for the Jets to win one of their last four games.
But the way the Jets have played all season, moving 0-16 to the favorite side seems justified.
Can the 2020 Jets win a game?
The main reason the Jets are now favored to lose their last four games is they won’t be favored in any of them. Every opponent down the stretch has at least a .500 record.
Week 14: at Seahawks
Week 15: at Rams
Week 16: vs. Browns
Week 17: at Patriots
The Jets had chances to beat the Patriots and Raiders. They blew both games late. They have been blown out most other weeks. Ultimately it’s probably good for the franchise to lose out and get Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first pick of the draft. If they do lose out, they’ll join the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 Cleveland Browns as the only 0-16 teams in NFL history.
It has been a rough year for the Jets. They have only four games left to avoid some awful history.
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