Football odds will factor in the defensive NFL betting orientation of both head coaches as Steve Spagnuolo of the Rams and Rex Ryan of the Jets are both ex-defensive coordinators. Defense was one of the biggest weaknesses for the St. Louis Rams against the football odds last year and Spagnuolo was hired to correct that.
Spagnuolo was a major reason for the New York Giants success against the NFL betting board as he was their defensive coordinator before coming to the Rams. The Rams enter action against the football odds having drafted three out of four defensive players with their first four selections in the 2009 draft.
They used their number one draft pick on offensive tackle Jason Smith out of Baylor. The Rams had more than enough problems last year against the football odds on offense and it is hoped that Smith can add better pass protection this year against the football odds.
Those defensive players taken in the draft were second round pick James Laurinaitis, a linebacker from Ohio State, third round pick Bradley Fletcher, a defensive back from Iowa, and fourth round pick Dorell Scott, a defensive tackle out of Clemson. All should see plenty of preseason action against the football odds.
The New York Jets could be one of the most interesting teams to follow against the football odds this preseason. Ryan is giving number one draft pick Mark Sanchez every opportunity to win the starting quarterback job and reports out of camp so far indicate that Sanchez has looked sharp and has caught a lot of attention with his accuracy.
Unlike the Rams, the Jets already had a decent defense and a strong running game to build from against the football odds. If Sanchez has a good preseason Ryan may make a huge splash in his rookie season as coach.
These two teams met on November 9 of last year as the Jets blew out the visiting Rams 47-3 as 9.5-point chalks as the game soared over the total of 43.5.
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