Even when the Jets do the right thing, it blows up in their faces.
Is there anyone other than Jamal Adams who can honestly say GM Joe Douglas was out of line to discuss a potential trade of the young star safety to the Cowboys? Making trades to try to improve the Jets’ future is Douglas’ job.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is getting older and possibly more desperate. Maybe he’d have been willing to pay an exorbitant price to bring Adams home to Dallas. There was no harm in talking about it — until there was.
Adams’ Tuesday tweet and Wednesday press availability brought back memories of that old Jets clown car graphic The Post used to run. But here’s one thing I’m 99 percent certain of: Come Sunday in Miami, Adams will play like he always does, which is hard and well. (That other 1 percent, well, we are talking about the Jets.)
The expectation here is that the Jets will handle the Dolphins fairly easily. Coach Adam Gase, in his return to south Florida, finally will find a way to get Le’Veon Bell involved, Sam Darnold will have time to throw against a nonexistent Miami pass rush, and he could add Chris Herndon to suddenly dangerous red-zone weapon Ryan Griffin.
Then there are the Dolphins. The Jets are doing a bad job of winning, but at least that’s what they are trying to do. The Dolphins are doing a good job of losing, at 0-7 in a season fully dedicated to tanking for the No. 1 pick in 2020 and a chance to land a stud quarterback to finally replace Dan Marino. Wonder if the fairly close calls the last few weeks will lead to greater focus on that mission.
The pick: Jets, -3.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+1) over Houston Texans (in London): In Week 2 in Houston, the Jaguars lost 13-12 in Gardner Minshew’s first start, coming up inches short on Leonard Fournette’s two-point rush attempt with 30 seconds left. Revenge comes across the pond, aided by J.J. Watt’s absence for the Texans.
Washington Redskins (+9¹/₂) over BUFFALO BILLS: The Over/Under is a mere 37 on a potentially windy and wet day in Orchard Park. It’s harder for a favorite to cover a large spread when there aren’t a lot of points scored in total (see Redskins 9-0 loss to the 49ers as 10-point ’dogs on a messy field in Week 7.)
Tennesse Titans (+3¹/₂) over CAROLINA PANTHERS: This line has dropped a full point since mid-week, so value on the Titans may be gone. But with Ryan Tannehill winning two in a row in place of Marcus Mariota, and the Panthers possibly exposed a bit in a 51-13 loss at the 49ers, I’d call this a toss-up with no spread. Thus, will grab any points offered.
Chicago Bears (+5) over PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Expecting a tough, physical game here. The Bears have lost three in a row but have given up 17 points or less in five of seven games this season. They’ll be out to avenge the Cody Parkey “double doink” missed field goal versus Philadelphia last postseason.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-2) over Minnesota Vikings: Was feeling a little better about giving a few points here with Patrick Mahomes (dislocated kneecap) back at practice on Thursday. He won’t play and the line moved to Minnesota – 3 1/2, which I won’t get because the Post’s Bettor Guide uses spreads from the Friday Post Line. But I have some confidence in Matt Moore to pull an upset. He made good use of KC’s weapons in the 31-24 loss to Green Bay. Remain skeptical of the Vikings outdoors in windy conditions.
Indianapolis Colts (-1) over PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Indianapolis is 2-1 on the road and plays a powerful and smart style under coach Frank Reich. The Steelers have a short week after a Monday scare versus Miami, and James Conner is banged up.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (-2) over Detroit Lions: The Raiders are back in the Black Hole for the first time since Week 2, after playing four road games and one in London. The absence of Kerryon Johnson may hurt the Lions more here than it did last week at home versus the Giants.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+5¹/₂) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: On an Occasional Given Sunday, you get the good Jameis Winston instead of the turnover machine. Hoping one of those comes this given Sunday against a Seahawks team that is 0-4 ATS at home and has a less-imposing defense than we’ve come to expect.
DENVER BRONCOS (+3¹/₂) over Cleveland Browns: Cleveland has scored 13 points or fewer four times in seven games, and Denver 16 or less in six of eight games. So these points in this small spread may be valuable if the total stays low. Don’t know much about Brandon Allen, but Joe Flacco wasn’t doing that well anyway.
Green Bay Packers (-3¹/₂) over LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: Figuring the crowd in Carson, Calif., will be about 80 percent Cheeseheads for this one. The Packers have scored 21 or more every game since Week 2, with Aaron Jones accounting for 11 touchdown in that span. The Chargers have topped 21 just once in that span.
New England Patriots (-3) over BALTIMORE RAVENS: Biggest worry here is the culture shock the Patriots might feel actually playing against a good team. But the Ravens are 1-7 ATS in Lamar Jackson’s home starts. Still have to like Bill Belichick and his diabolical defense versus a young quarterback.
NEW YORK GIANTS (+7) over Dallas Cowboys: The Giants are adding Leonard Williams to the defense, and Daniel Jones could have his full array of offensive weapons for the first time, if Sterling Shepard returns as expected. They should be able to go toe-to-toe with the Cowboys on both sides of the ball.
Best bets: Packers, Jets, Raiders.
Lock of the week: Packers (Locks 3-5 in 2019).
Last week: 10-5 overall, 3-0 Best Bets.
Thursday: 49ers (L).