Baltimore Ravens Favored Against New York Jets, Betting Trends Indifferent About Winner

September 12th, 2010 – by Alex

The New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens will kick off their highly anticipated 2010 NFL campaigns Monday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Both teams have high expectations coming into the year, and both are coming off years where they made serious noise in the 2009 AFC Playoffs.

The Jets finished their ’09 season with a 9-7 regular season record under first-year head coach, Rex Ryan. A lot of their success was attributed to the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals opting to not play their starters in those weeks. Nevertheless, once they made it to the playoffs, the Jets made an impact by defeating the Bengals and Chargers en route to the franchise’s first AFC Championship slot since 1998. Eventually, the Jets lost to the Colts in that game 30-17 to wrap up in impressive year.

The Jets will be banking on the growth and maturity of quarterback, Mark Sanchez as a key in their success on the offensive side of the ball. To assist him, they went out and signed running back, LaDainian Tomlinson and receiver, Santonio Holmes. With Holmes out for the first four games due to a suspension, Sanchez will rely on Braylon Edwards and Jericho Cotchery as his prime receiving options, who coming off 2009 seasons with 4 and 3 touchdowns, respectively. He’ll also likely try to get tight end, Dustin Kellar involved early. Also a point of interest will be seeing how Matt Slauson will replace Pro Bowler Alan Faneca at left guard.

Defensively, the Jets are looking to repeat a masterful performance from 2009 when they finished with the best stats in total defense, scoring defense and past defense. The squad looks just as good, if not better this year behind Kris Jenkins, Antonio Cromartie and Jason Taylor. Throw in Darrelle Revis who is coming off a six interception and 54 tackle campaign, and you have a group that will be very difficult to score against this season.

The Ravens are coming into the new season with a lot of potential on the offensive side of the ball. The team went out and brought in some solid receiving options for quarterback, Joe Flacco, who is coming off a 3613 yard, 21 touchdown and 12 interception campaign. Wide receivers, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin will look to made immediate impacts on the team. However, don’t be surprised to see Flacco go to his comfort options initially in receiver Derrick Mason and tight end, Todd Heap. Mix all of those options with one of the best young running backs in the league in running back, Ray Rice, and you have a recipe for a very promising offensive year for the Ravens.

The Ravens, though a traditionally dominant defensive team, will come into this match-up without safety Ed Reed who will be out the first six games of the season. They also have a somewhat weak secondary with cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb both coming off injuries. A lot of the team’s success will depend on safeties, Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski who are going to be important to the unit’s success. Look for pass rushers, Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs to be equally important to the battle against the Jets offense.

Game Line and Betting Trends: The Ravens are –2.5 for the game and the over/under is 35.5 according to the Week 1 NFL Betting Odds.  The Ravens are 6-0 against the spread in September games. They’re also 1-3-1 against the spread in their five road games. The Jets are 4-0 against the spread in their four September games while being 5-1 against the spread against AFC opponents as per the latest NFL betting trends.

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