Super Bowl odds may favor the New England Patriots to win it all as of now but the Jets have the defense and confidence to pull off a Super Bowl betting upset.
The Jets finished the regular season with a record of 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the spread. After a strong start the Jets were humiliated at New England 45-3 as that began a season ending string of 3 losses in their final 5 games. That being said New York still has many things going for them as they enter the playoffs.
The Jets are one of the best defensive teams in the NFL and that is ultimately what will make or break their Super Bowl gambling chances. New York finished 3rd overall in the NFL for defense and 6th overall for points allowed.
Head coach Rex Ryan has long been celebrated as one of the great defensive minds in the game going back to his days as a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and his leadership has been vital to the Jets success.
Ryan’s father Buddy was the famed defensive coordinator of the 1985 world champion Chicago Bears with his 46 defense that terrorized opponents with its aggressive style. Rex uses his father’s style with a take no prisoners high pressure defense of his own.
Offense is what could bring the Jets down with the NFL Super Bowl odds. Quarterback Mark Sanchez ended up with a 75.2 quarterback rating based on a 54% completion rate and just 6.5 yards per attempt as he finished with 3278 yards and an erratic 17/13 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Jets do have a decent ground attack with LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Tomlinson finished with 906 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average with 6 touchdowns while Greene had 766 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average with 2 TD’s.
Braylon Edwards proved to be a valuable addition as he had 904 yards receiving with a 17.1 yards per catch average and 7 TD’s.
The Jets may no longer be a favorite with the Super Bowl odds but they can still win the Lombardi Trophy if Sanchez can pick up his game.