Halloween is not bringing scary weather to any of the NFL outdoor venues today. There may be some drizzle in Buffalo, where the Bills host the Miami Dolphins, but mostly clear at the other outdoor stadiums.
This week, a pure motivation versus talent is on display when the Cincinnati Bengals meet the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Bengals are becoming a team with a straight up trajectory, having won four of their most recent five games, only a narrow overtime defeat against the Green Bay Packers interrupting their winning ways.
This Joe Burrow led rise to the top of the AFC North Division standings include a victory over the Baltimore Ravens last week, gaining the Bengals a share of the top spot in the Division. Now, after that dramatic road win over Baltimore, the Bengals travel to New York to meet the Jets. Next week, the Bengals meet another talented AFC North Division rival, the Cleveland Browns.
Now, you tell me how they can get up for this game against the Jets?
If the Jets were any of 29 other teams in the NFL they would be a play today. But, this is the Jets, and despite their upset win over the Tennessee Titans in their last game played in this stadium, New York is even weaker than they had been given the loss of rookie starting quarterback Zach Wilson.
With Wilson out, the Jets made a trade this week for Joe Flacco, the one time Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. But Flacco didn’t jump on a plane and dive into the Jets playbook after learning of the trade, instead taking care of other priorities before joining the team.
So, that leaves Mike White to start for the Jets today.
It is a perfect spot for the Jets motivationally and a trap for the Bengals, but once the game starts the talent on the field means something and that’s where the Jets have run into problems this season.
Another weak team in a perfect motivational spot is the Jacksonville Jaguars. They take their one game winning streak to Seattle to meet a Seahawks squad looking to end a three game skid. Like the Jets, the Seahawks are weakened by the loss of their starting quarterback. Their Wilson, Russell, remains sidelined while Geno Smith directs the Seahawks offense.
Seattle has dropped three straight games but are confident that the Jaguars will provide competition they can beat. They may have a physical edge, slight as it may currently be, but motivationally few things are worse than playing badly and thinking your opponent is the answer to your problems.
The Jaguars and other games that offer both motivation and more talented rosters to wager on are now posted on this site. If a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the playlist by 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.
As for the public, their three favorite plays today are; Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4½) over New Orleans Saints; Atlanta Falcons (-3) over Carolina Panthers; Seattle Seahawks (-3½) over Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tonight, the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys and the visitors will be without starting quarterback Dak Prescott. More on this contest in the Sunday afternoon Headline Play which will break on this site at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.