NFL lines handicappers saw both teams achieve “firsts” last week against the NFL sports betting board as Miami finally won and the Jets finally lost. The Miami Dolphins made a huge jump last year against the NFL lines under then first year head coach Tony Sparano as they went from a 1-15 team to AFC East division champions.
The meteoric climb may have been the NFL sports betting equivalent of a tech stock from the 1990’s as the Dolphins appear to be coming back down to earth. The big problem for Miami against the NFL lines has been their passing attack as it ranks 29th overall in the league.
Last year’s starting quarterback, Chad Pennington, is out indefinitely and has been replaced by Chad Henne, who was efficient last week in Miami’s 38-10 win over the Buffalo Bills as 1-point home chalks. The Dolphins offensive strength against the NFL lines is their ground attack as it ranks 1st in the league.
Running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have each been assets against the NFL lines this year and both have yards per carry averages of 5.0 or better. Sparano is going to rely more heavily on the ground game now that Pennington is out of the lineup.
Rex Ryan has the Jets off to an impressive start against the NFL lines in his first year as head coach. Ryan was a long time highly respected defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and has brought swagger and expertise to the Jets.
New York ranks 3rd best against the NFL lines for points allowed and 5th best for total yards allowed. Much like the Dolphins the Jets are a ground oriented offensive team against the NFL lines. Thomas Jones is the top ball carrier with 229 yards and 3 touchdowns while Leon Washington has 181 yards to rank 2nd on the team.
Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has been up and down so far with a QB rating of 71.2 and a 4/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Sanchez had a rough go of it at New Orleans last week in the Jets 10-24 loss as 7.5-point dogs as he was intercepted 3 times and hit on just 14 out of 27 passes.