Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 504 ViewsOn 09/01/2013 04:38 PM in NFL
The New York Jets are one team that is eagerly waiting for the start of the regular season. That is mainly due to the nightmare preseason that they had to endure which was full of injuries, gaffes and missteps. The only thing that will matter now is the play on the field when the Jets host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets Odds
When the NFL lines came out over the summer, the Jets were actually slim favorites (-2.5) in this game. That line has changed drastically in the last few months and now the visiting Buccaneers are (-3) point favorites. This is due to injuries, the quarterback play for the Jets and one very talented player that have switched teams in the off season.
Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and after an injury plagued off season he is ready to suit up against his former team in week one. Revis joins a Bucs secondary that was torched on a regular basis all season long a year ago and that is why Tampa Bay took a chance on the aging veteran.
On offense the Bucs will look to get a full and successful year from Josh Freeman. Freeman is surrounded by a variety of weapons on offense to include Doug Martin at running back and Vincent Jackson at wide receiver.
While the Bucs are set on offense, the Jets are still looking for answers. The Jets drafted Geno Smith to compete with current quarterback Mark Sanchez. While neither signal caller had a successful campaign in the preseason, the battle is all about over as Sanchez was injured in the preseason after a questionable move by head coach Rex Ryan.
The trends in this game favor the road team. The Buccaneers are 19-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 26 games on turf, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 5-1 ATS in the last six games in September.
The Jets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on field turf and 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall. The Jets will look to buck these football betting trends by hosting the first game of the season in front of what should be a friendly home crowd, at least at first.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets Pick
With Ryan still mum on the starter and the status of several players up in the air, I will wait to release a pick on this game until we get close to game time.