NFL betting lines handicappers will have a Super Bowl favorite going up against a team going through a massive youth movement as the Panthers host the Jets. SBG Global opened with the New York Jets as 1.5-point road favorites over the Carolina Panthers with an over/under at 34. Kickoff is at 8:05 PM EDT.
The Jets have been grabbing headlines and sound bites with their brash talk about winning the Super Bowl, which has been led by none other than head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets did not look “Super” in their preseason opener, however, as they were defeated by the New York Giants 31-16 as 3-point chalks.
Ryan is not the typical NFL coach that talks in “coach speak” and in vague generalities. He is a quote machine and has put a target both on himself and the team with his swaggering tone. Ryan was also recently criticized for his f-bomb tirades on the HBO reality series “Hard Knocks” which is profiling the Jets training camp. Highly respected former Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC, was critical.
“I’m disappointed with all the profanity,” said Dungy. “I think Rex can make his points without all that.”
Ryan meanwhile has to defend his Joe Namath type attitude about opening talking about winning it all.
“Do I know how hard it is to get to the Super Bowl?” said Ryan. “I mean, please. But we’re not afraid to say, ‘Those are our expectations.’ If we don’t get there we don’t get there. But it’s not going to be because of the fact we don’t believe we’re going to get there. We believe we belong.”
If the Jets are to make the Promised Land they must improve their passing attack, which was a sport betting weakness last year with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez had a solid start against the Giants as he went 13-17 for 119 yards with a touchdown. Ryan has been impressed with his improvement and work habits. “He came in and did what we expected him to do,” said Ryan. “He’s looked outstanding all through training camp.”
Another issue that is concerning handicappers betting NFL preseason games is the holdout of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is the best in the game and desperately needed to maintain the Jets status as the top defensive unit in football.
Carolina lost their preseason opener at Baltimore 17-12 as they made mistakes with penalties and fumbles. Backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen caught eyes with 80-yards passing.