There’s little doubt that the New York Jets fans will be pumped up for their season and stadium opener on Monday night but no matter how loud they cheer or how crazy they get it will matter little as the Baltimore Ravens are simply a better team and will come out of this NFL gambling matchup victorious.
Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Jets as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 36.
As you can see from the betting lines, the gurus don’t expect a lot of scoring and they expect the game to be tight.
Week 1 matchups are typically low scoring affairs as teams are still rusty and defenses tend to have the advantage over offenses early on in the season. Sunday’s scores were are relatively low scoring and that should be the case in this game as well. Not only because the offenses will still be working out the kinks, and both teams feature young QBs, but because these are two of the best defensive teams in the NFL betting odds action.
Last year the Jets led the NFL in total defense giving up just 14.8 points per game and allowing just 98.6 yards on the ground.
The Ravens were right there ranking 3rd in the league in total defense giving up just 16.3 yards per game and allowing just 90.5 yards rushing per game.
Judging by the numbers it’s not going to be easy for either team to move the ball in this matchup. These are two stalwart defenses and both units have questions on offense. Based on the rushing defense stats of last season neither team is going to able to run the ball very effectively which will put the Jets at a decided disadvantage in this game as second-year QB Mark Sanchez has yet to prove himself as a passer and the team was 31st in the league in passing last season (162.3 yards per game).
Flacco is the better QB in this game (227 yards passing per game in ’09) and with the team’s new infusion of talent at the WR Spot (Anquan Bolden and TJ Houshmanzadah) this offense has plenty of big play potential.
Look for the Ravens to spoil the Jets party and win this sports betting matchup.