NFL odds handicappers respect the big step the Jets made last year as they made it all the way to the AFC Championship game while beating the NFL betting odds 11 times.
With HBO putting together a reality based television series that centers on the Jets training camp and with brash second year coach Rex Ryan continuing to garner headlines the hype continues to mount for New York but their offensive struggles from last year continue to plague their hopes.
Another dark cloud hanging over the team has been the holdout of superstar defensive back Darrelle Revis, who is considered to be the best cover corner in pro football and wants to be paid as such.
The Jets are coming off a 16-11 loss with the NFL betting lines to the Washington Redskins in preseason action to fall to 1-2 in exhibition play. The offense was dreadful and second year quarterback Mark Sanchez was inconsistent. Sanchez finished 13-21 for 139 yards with an interception while the offense remained turnover and mistake prone.
The Jets had 4 giveaways against the Redskins and committed 5 penalties for 46 yards. One positive was running back LaDainian Tomlinson who finished with 86 yards on 11 carries.
“You’re not going to win too many games, if any games, if you turn the ball over four times,” said Ryan.
Speaking of that HBO series Ryan was called out for being far too profane by former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy, who is now an analyst for NBC Sunday Night Football.
Ryan’s mouth is big and his love for the camera is all consuming and while he commands total respect from his players he is making the Jets into even more of a bullseye for opponents.
“We’re not overwhelmingly pleased,” said Sanchez. “But at the same time I’m glad we got the chance in the second half to put together a nice little drive, play into the fourth quarter and score.”
The Jets have failed to cover the NFL lines in 2 out of 3 preseason games but maintain that their offense has given opponents a “vanilla” look.
Tomlinson says that the Jets will be ready when the games begin to count with the NFL odds saying that, “We won’t really game plan until the season starts, so we’re doing fine.”