The history of games between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins that have taken place during the NFL preseason take on much more of a look of parity that what we've seen from the regular-season series between the two teams. The Redskins also hold the edge here, but it is a much slighter advantage, Washington having won six of 10 preseason meetings against the Jets, a far cry from the 8-3 edge the Redskins own in regular-season play.
Lately, the series has also taken on a role reversal in the preseason. While the Jets have captured the last two regular-season meetings from the Redskins, Washington is currently riding a three-game winning streak over the Jets in the preseason that dates back to 2010. Washington has won four of the last five meetings overall and three of five home preseason games over the Jets. But New York's last win was a 27-14 verdict at Washington in 2006.
Now That's Going Under - The Jets beat the Redskins 3-0 on Dec. 11, 1993, matching the lowest score achieved in any NFL game played since 1966. The Jets made a 45-yard field goal booted by Cary Blanchard in the first quarter stand up. The same two teams met in the preseason that year and the Redskins were 17-3 winners. Since 1993, just one other NFL game has ended with a 3-0 scoreline, when Pittsburgh beat Miami 3-0 on Nov. 26, 2007.
A 3-0 final score has happened five times since 1971 and all but one of the games involved an AFC East Division team. The Jets like to go low. They have played in seven of 50 lowest-scoring NFL games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, including 6-0 wins over the Steelers and New England Patriots, a 6-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 6-3 losses to the Colts and Patriots and a 9-0 setback handed them by the Green Bay Packers.
Low Ball - Low-scoring affairs are a staple of the Jets-Redskins preseason series. Just one of the last eight games played between this two teams in the exhibition season has seen the total surpass 40 points. The average total for those eight games was 27.6 points per game. Only twice in those eight contests has either team managed to put 20 points on the scoreboard. Six of the games finished with a total of 27 points or fewer and all six saw both teams finish with 17 points or less. In two games, the Jets were held to one score.
High Ball - It's a different story in regular-season games between the Jets and Redskins, however. When the outcome matters in the standings, the scoreboard lights up between the Washington and the Jets. Five of the last six Redskins-Jets tilts have gone over. Thats been mainly due to the Jets of late. They've scored 34 points in their last two games with Washington. Prior to that, the Redskins did the majority of the scoring. They won four in a row from the Jets and in three of those victories, the total was 43 or better.
Hey Alex - Alex Smith is the kind of guy that sports bettors should embrace, because he is the perennial underdog. Jettisoned from San Francisco after he played a part in getting the 49ers to the Super Bowl, cast adrift by the Kansas City Chiefs because of his 1-4 postseason record, the Redskins view 13-season veteran Smith as the ideal fit at quarterback to go with the weapons they have to utilize on the offensive side of the ball.
Smith has proven effective over his career as a distributor of the ball across all of the assets of his offense, and that's why he could be exactly the guy Washington needs. His ball-control passing style limits turnovers, as his 26 TDs and five interceptions last season clearly indicates. Smith's critics say that he is too conversative, while those who are in the pro-Smith camp view him as possessing a smart football mind and being equipped with the ability to find the right read and make the safe play quickly.
The oddsmakers at the online sportsbooks certainly seem intrigued by this marriage of convenience between Smith and the Redskins, the veteran QB who looks to be the final piece missing from an offense that is puzzling in its lack of consistency. Bovada puts Smith at +6000 in their NFL MVP future book, ahead of Jacksonville's Blake Bortles (+6600), who was a win away from the Super Bowl last season, and Baltimore's Joe Flacco (+7500), who beat Smith's 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
BetOnline is an even bigger fan of what Smith might be able to achieve in the nation's capital, listing him at +3300 in their MFL MVP future book. TopBet has Smith at +4000, offering better odds on him becoming MVP of the NFL that such notable quarterbacks as Jared Goff (+5000) of the Los Angeles Rams and Patrick Mahomes (+5000), the guy who replaced Smith under center in Kansas City. MyBookie is offering odds of +3300 that Smith will become MVP of the NFL in 2018.
Passer Protection - The Jets also have a new quarterback that everyone is excited about, but while Washington sees the future as now with Smith, the Jets view only the limitless potential that Sam Darnold has to offer. Selected third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft from USC, Darnold is the prototype of the NFL QB at 6-4 and 225 pounds and his grandfather played the Marlboro Man in ads, so there's even a bit of Hollywood star status in his genes.
Regardless, the Jets are determined not to throw Darnold to the wolves. They've got him as No. 3 on their depth chart behind veteran returnee Josh McCown and free-agent addition Teddy Bridgewater. Perhaps that explains why Darnold is BetOnline's co-seventh choice in their NFL offensive rookie of the year future book at +1600. One of the players who is also listed at +1600 will be on display in this game - Redskins running back Darrius Guice, whose work has been compared to no less than Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch.