Monday Night Football Preview
Monday Night Football odds return with a doubleheader in Week 1, as the Ravens and Jets do battle and the Chargers take on the Chiefs. Baltimore at NY Jets The Ravens get their first real look at their new wide receivers Monday night. Baltimore upgraded their receiving corps by adding Anquan Boldin in the offseason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh just last week. They'll join Derrick Mason and give Joe Flacco the best options he's had since entering the league.
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Flacco also has speedster Ray Rice out of the backfield, who's just as dangerous as a receiver as he is as a running back. The Ravens have always been famous for their defense and they'll be a fierce unit again this season led by veteran Ray Lewis. Baltimore will be missing safety Ed Reed for the first half of the year which could lead to weakness in the secondary to start the season. The Jets made lots of noise on and off the field heading into the season. From the HBO series Hard Knocks, to the Darrelle Revis contract squabble, the Jets were in the public eye a lot. The only news the Jets want to make Monday night is on the field. Mark Sanchez had a difficult preseason and will start the season without wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Sanchez still has Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Dustin Keller as receiving options and Shonn Greene in the backfield to keep the ship from sinking while Holmes is out. There's no question the Jets' defense is better with Revis, but will he be at 100% on Monday night after sitting out all of training camp and the preseason? Revis even at 75% is still better than most of the corners in the league, and now that he's paired up with Antonio Cromartie the Jets' secondary should be lethal this season. The Jets are a 2-point favorite at Bovada in their regular season debut in their new house. The Ravens have owned this matchup with five wins in a row against the Jets, and after Sanchez's preseason struggles we'll take the Ravens to start the season with an upset win. Get the most betting options and fastest payouts of any sportsbook. Click here! San Diego at Kansas City Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be surrounded by a different team than the one he took to the playoffs last season. Gone are LaDainian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson, and also offensive lineman Marcus McNeill, who's holding out. Rivers shouldn't be too worried though. Bettors should be - the Chargers were favored big last year and failed to cover 10 points against the Raiders in the Week 1 MNF doubleheader. Tomlinson has been breaking down for the last couple seasons and his replacement, rookie Ryan Mathews, adds some power to the San Diego running game. Malcolm Floyd looks willing and able to handle Jackson's No. 1 receiver role, and Legedu Naanee is ready to make an impact. Oh, and they still have Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates of course.
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The Chiefs are hoping that new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will lift the Chiefs offense that ranked among the worst in the league a season ago. For that to happen Matt Cassel will need to improve. Cassel has a reliable receiver in Dwayne Bowe and a nice running back tandem with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, but he'll need better protection in front of him after getting sacked 42 times last season. Defensively the Chiefs have nowhere to go but up after allowing the fourth-most points and third-most yards a season ago. With no real impact additions on defense the Chiefs should give up a ton of points again. That could add to their current OVER streak in Week 1 games (7-2 past 9). The Chargers are a 5-point road favorite tonight at Bovada and should easily cover. San Diego has won five straight against the Chiefs while going 3-2 ATS.