The New York Jets have gone from NFL betting odds irrelevance to the most famous team in the league in all of two years. Much of that transformation has to with an increase in talent via drafting and free agent signing. But much of the team’s increased profile also has to do with the team’s outspoken, overweight and profane head coach, Rex Ryan.
Ryan is a rare character in the NFL where coaches try and out-duel each other in limiting their word count to the press. Ryan will talk all day long and say things that coaches aren’t supposed to say. His personality on many occasions overshadows the team and while that may not sit well with some football purists, so far, you can’t argue with the results.
In his first season with the team he took them to within a score or two of playing in a Super Bowl. And for a team that has spent the better part of the past four decades toiling in the sports betting cellar that’s a welcome development.
But on Monday Night when the Jets open the season in their new $1.6 billion football palace even Ryan’s gregarious personality won’t be enough to be the Baltimore Ravens.
Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and sbg global opened with the Jets as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 36.
The Jets have plenty of talent as their improbable run in the post season demonstrated. The defense and the running game was the best in the league last year. And as crazy as it might sound both of these units should be improved this season as they added sack-master Jason Taylor to bolster a blitz that notched few sacks last season (32.0) and the also added hall of famer LT to a running game that averaged 172.3 yards per game last season.
But it won’t matter against the Ravens as this team is nearly as good on defense as the Jets and without question better on offense. The defense will be without playmaker S Ed Reed which is major blow, but on offense QB Joe Flacco has a chance to become a great QB this season throwing to one of the best receiving corps in the NFL and backed up by a stout running game led by RB Ray Rice.
Look for the Ravens to pull off the minor NFL gambling upset.