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NFL odds: Latest Patriots vs. Jets spread laughably big amid New York's injuries

NFL odds: Latest Patriots vs. Jets spread laughably big amid New York's injuries

The New England Patriots were 17.5-point home favorites over the New York Jets when the Westgate Superbook released its first NFL Week 3 odds Sunday night, and it's taken less than 48 hours for the betting line to move up by almost a touchdown.

The Patriots are now 22.5-point favorites over the Jets at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas:

If this line holds or increases, the Patriots would pass the 1986 Chicago Bears as the team with the highest combined point spread for the first three weeks of a season in league history, per Pro Football Reference

What made the line move in such a short period of time? 

Well, everyone saw the Patriots crush the struggling Miami Dolphins 43-0 on the road in Week 2 as favorites of 18.5-points at most sportsbooks. Many people are expecting a similar result against the Jets at Gillette Stadium this weekend, even though the Patriots are 0-4 against the spread in their history when the line is 20-plus points.

The Jets already were a below-average team coming into the season, and injuries have worsened their depth, particularly at the quarterback position.

Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to at least miss Sunday's matchup with the Patriots as he battles mono. This development forced the Jets to start backup Trevor Siemian in Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns, and he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in that game. Third-string QB Luke Falk replaced Siemian on Monday night, and quarterbacks with very little experience typically fare quite poorly against Bill Belichick defenses.

This line could get even higher before Sunday as more people pour money into the Patriots' side, so if you think the defending Super Bowl champs are going to earn another blowout victory, the time to wager on them probably is now.

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New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids aren't exactly known for their subtlety. 

So when Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in an embarrassing performance at home against the Patriots — losing a 33-0 decision on Monday Night Football —you just knew there were going to be some brutal headlines.

The Daily News crushed Darnold for his performance after the quarterback threw for 86 yards while turning the ball over five times — a dreadful showing that added up to a woeful quarterback rating of 3.7

Pretty straightforward, especially compared to the Post, which seized upon Darnold's ill-fated mic'd up moment, in which he admitted he was "seeing ghosts."

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Post even included the graphic of "Sam's Spooky Stats." And considering how badly the game went for the Jets — a primetime home loss to the Patriots with horrible quarterback play — you have to wonder if Darnold's ghost comment will haunt him like the Buttfumble did for Mark Sanchez.

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

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