NFL gambling handicappers had their belief that the Patriots are the true power of the AFC re-affirmed as New England scored a 38-24 football gambling win.
Meanwhile after a summer of bluster, swagger, and braggadocios behavior the New York Jets blew their opening game 10-9 against the Baltimore Ravens as 1-point favorites.
The fact that the Patriots were so dominant against last year’s AFC North Division champions has given fans and gamblers a renewed sense of confidence in coach Bill Belichick and his ability to manage roster turnover and develop new talent.
The Patriots will have a key AFC East Division matchup on Sunday at the New York Jets, who have been talking big all summer and are among the favorites to contend with the Pats for the AFC title. Kickoff is at 4:20 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling opened with New England as a 2-point favorite and with an over/under of 39.
The Patriots jumped out fast against the Bengals and were able to hang on for a win with the NFL odds as their defense let up some in the second half. “We had a big lead in the first half and that went a long way in the game,” said Belichick. Quarterback Tom Brady looked sharp and more than worthy of his new contract with 3 touchdown passes.
The Jets have quickly gone from a NFL bet favorite to win the AFC to a home underdog against the proven commodity. Head coach Rex Ryan was not exactly contrite after the game when responding to a question about his team being humbled saying that it was “humbling in the fact that we got beat by a point.”
QB Mark Sanchez began where he left off last season as a struggling rookie by going 10-21 for 74 yards.
New England has gone 12-6 against the spread in their last 18 NFL gambling matchups with the Jets as just 1 out of the last 5 meetings between the teams has gone over the total. The Patriots have been especially effective on the road with 10 payouts in their last 11 against the Jets as a visitor.
New England has covered just 1 out of their last 6 division games with just 1 of those games going over the total. The Jets have covered just 2 out of their last 8 division games.