New York Jets Odds Preview
“Ahead of schedule” may have been the best term to describe the New York Jets last season. Building their offense around rookies Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene, they expected some growing pains.
But another new face accelerated New York’s growth: Rex Ryan. The ex-Ravens defensive co-ordinator took over as head coach and transformed the “D” into the NFL’s best. Now that the Jets boast a ferocious defense, a powerful rushing attack, and a passing game on the rise, are they Super Bowl contenders, worthy of a wager at Bodog.com? Or will one crucial contract holdout topple the house of cards? Jets Odds to win Division: +130 Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 (OV -125, UN -105) Jets Super Bowl Odds: 10 to 1 The Jets squeaked into the playoffs with nine wins last year. Now, books like Bodog have their total at 9.5 for 2010. Have they improved by a game? In theory, the passing game should keep developing. Mark Sanchez wasn’t anywhere near perfect last year – he made some questionable decisions with the ball – but he was good enough to play caretaker in a run-first offense. The odds of him regressing are slim, especially with Santonio Holmes joining the receiving corps.
Holmes is suspended for the first four games of the year but has already developed a rapport with Sanchez – his training camp roommate. LaDainian Tomlinson joins the offense – but probably as a glorified third-down back. Shonn Greene is ready to be the horse. He has the power to shed tackles plus the speed to break long runs. The biggest questions bettors have to ask themselves in 2010: Can the Jets’ “D” match last year’s fantastic output? Darrelle Revis was the catalyst; he’s arguably football’s best shutdown corner. But, for now, he’s holding out. If he misses some or all of the season, the Jets could have a soft spot in their secondary. If that isn’t enough to give bettors pause about the Jets’ win total, what about their schedule? They get the NFC North in non-conference play. That means they battle the mighty Packers and Vikings plus the potentially improved Bears. The Jets also get Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Houston, not to mention four games against the Patriots and Dolphins. The Jets are still a deep team with potential for a deep playoff run but they desperately need Revis back and they’ll have to work harder for their wins in 2010.