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Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Week 15 NFL Picks

by Brad Marchetti on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Week 15 NFL Picks: The New York Jets looked lo be left for dead three weeks ago but the team has rallied and will try too keep their playoff hopes alive when they host Atlanta Sunday at 1 PM ET. The Jets (7-6) are coming off a convincing 26-3 win over Tampa Bay as -3.5 away favorites. Atlanta (6-7) was game in a 23-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints as +10 home underdogs.

Jets Offense vs. Falcons Defense: The Jets run-heavy #17 offense will face the Falcons #23 ranked 4-3 defense. The Jets will lean on RB Thomas Jones (1225 yds, 4.4 ypc, 11 td-2 fmbl)  against a Falcons run defense that allows 4.3 yards per carry. Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez (63.9 passer rating) returns from a knee injury but his knee will not be 100% in the cold weather. Mark Sanchez and the passing game match-up evenly with a Falcons defense that struggles in coverage. Slight edge to New York.

Falcons Offense vs. Jets Defense: The Falcons balanced #12 offense will face the Jets #1 ranked 4-3 defense. Atlanta backup QB Chris Redman (78.4 passer rating) has played well in relief of injured starter Matt Ryan and could get All-Pro RB Michael Turner back this week. The Jets defense is an awesome run stopping unit that has the NFL’s best cornerback in Darrelle Revis. The Falcons offense is filled with playmakers but without Turner and Ryan this offense is not the same. Advantage New York.

Intangibles: Atlanta has a big edge on special teams. Atlanta star QB Matt Ryan and starting RB Michael Turner are listed as questionable. Weather is suppose to be cold which could affect the dome based Falcons.