NFL preseason odds had the Jets and Patriots as solid contenders to make the Super Bowl and the Dolphins appear to be a potentially strong football gambling value.
The Jets are coming off a highly successful and surprising 2009 campaign in which they went 9-7 both straight up and against the spread before embarking on a playoff run that took them through Cincinnati and San Diego to the AFC Championship at Indianapolis, where they led halfway through before finally going down just 30 minutes shy of a Super Bowl bid.
The Jets did all of that without a competent quarterback as rookie Mark Sanchez struggled mightily but was bailed out by an outstanding running game and a defense that was one of the best in the NFL.
Rookie head coach Rex Ryan proved to be a great leader but the Jets won’t surprise anyone in 2010 and their challenge will be to play as well as the hunted as they did as hunters. There are legitimate value concerns about the Jets as the prices on them could be overlays.
The New England Patriots were a playoff team again last year but were battered in their post season home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots finished 10-6 straight up while going 8-7-1 against the spread.
New England is a seasoned and veteran team that is accustomed to success, unlike the Jets, and could prove to be a more solid contender. They certainly have an advantage at quarterback with Tom Brady. With coach Bill Belichick and a solid defense the Patriots will always be an attractive choice with the football odds.
The Miami Dolphins were a playoff team under rookie head coach Tony Sparano in 2008 but had a tough 7-9 season last year after quarterback Chad Pennington was lost to injury. Chad Henne improved in time as the new signal caller and will enter camp as the number one man.
Miami could be one of the most improved teams in the league as Henne is now more seasoned. They also should expect an improved defense and solid running game.
The Buffalo Bills are a long shot with the NFL preseason odds as they are rebuilding with a new front office and without great talent after going 6-10 last year.