New York Jets Betting Odds Preview

The Jets surprised a lot of people last year by winning eight games. We say surprised because many experts expected them to fall well below the .500 mark by season’s end.

It was enough for head coach Rex Ryan to keep his job, but some other sweeping changes were made on offense to try and ignite a New York attack that scored a meagre 18.1 points per game and owned the worst passing game in the league last season.

New York Jets Odds to Win AFC East: +650 at Bovada
New York Jets Odds to Win Super Bowl: 66/1 at Bovada
New York Jets Regular Season Win Total: 7 at Bovada
New York Jets Betting Props: Chris Johnson to Win NFL MVP 100/1 at Bovada

When the Jets drafted Geno Smith in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft the writing was on the wall for Mark Sanchez. The former Jets QB lasted one more season, but his time with the Jets is finally over. Smith may not step right into the starting job, though. New York took a chance on Michael Vick in the offseason and despite awful reviews in camp Vick may start the season behind centre for New York. Vick also announced lately he wants to play until he’s 40, most likely to pay his massive debts.

Whether it’s Vick or Smith leading the offense this season they’ll have a few new weapons to lean on. New York had a strong run game last season but thought it needed a boost anyway by adding Chris Johnson. CJ2K rushed for just over 1000 yards with Tennessee last season, but hasn’t come close to the topping 2000 yards again like he did in 2009. The Jets must be hoping he still has some gas left in the tank. The Jets also improved their receiver corps by plucking Eric Decker from Denver. Decker is coming off back-to-back 1000-yard receiving seasons and should be an upgrade and addition to Jeremy Kerley, who led the Jets last season with only 523 yards.

Defensively, the Jets were one of the best in the league against the run last season, a trend that should continue this year thanks to a strong defensive line led by Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Veteran linebackers David Harris and Calvin Pace still have at least a few good years left, but the secondary remains the biggest weakness for the Jets. Losing Antonio Cromartie doesn’t help things, but newly drafted safety Calvin Pryor should add some needed toughness and playmaking ability.

AFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 5

New England Patriots -300
Miami Dolphins +650
New York Jets +650
Buffalo Bills +900

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The New York Jets followed up a frustrating year in 2011 with an even worse one in 2012, finishing the season up on a 3-7 SU skid while the “Tim Tebow Circus” took on a life of its own in the New York media. Tebow is no longer a Jet, but that won’t be enough to fix all that ails this team.  

Odds to Win AFC East: +1600 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 6.5 at Bovada

The New York Jets reached new lows on defense, finishing the year 30th in the NFL yards per game with 299.2 and 28th in scoring with 17.6 points per game. The passing offense was particularly hopeless as the Jets averaged just 180.7 passing yards per game.

Mark Sanchez was a complete disaster at quarterback, passing for just 2,883 yards and 13 touchdowns while throwing 18 interceptions and fumbling 14 times. QB Geno Smith was drafted by the Jets in the second round, and while Sanchez is expected to start the season under center, if he looks anything like he did in 2012 he won’t hold on to the job very long. Running backs Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson have been brought in to replace Shonn Greene and to take some pressure off the quarterback.

Darrelle Revis has been one of the NFL’s elite cornerbacks for years with the Jets, and his departure by trade leaves a big hole in the secondary. The Jets are hoping that hole can be filled immediately by first round draft pick Dee Milliner out of Alabama. New York also drafted DT Sheldon Richardson in the first round to try to help shore up a rushing defense that finished 26th in the NFL with 133.6 yards per game against.

While Mark Sanchez is an easy scapegoat, the Jets didn’t have any weapons around him last year, and that didn’t really change this offseason. Kellen Winslow replaces Dustin Keller at tight end, but the wide receiving corps is still devoid of playmakers. Factor in the loss of Revis, and there just doesn’t look to be enough talent on this team to keep up in the AFC East.

AFC East Odds at Bovada as of July 26
New England Patriots -400
Miami Dolphins +325
New York Jets +1600
Buffalo Bills +1600