NFL Betting Overview:
It seems like forever since the New York Jets have been part of the weekly NFL scores wrap-up. The bye week has come and gone for the Jets, and now it is time to get back to business. The first team up after the bye is the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are playing hurt as wide receiver Donald Driver and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are both nursing injuries. But if their play in week seven against the Minnesota Vikings is any indication, then both Driver and Rodgers should be major concerns for the Jets defense.
[adinserter block=”2″]Much of the NFL predictions in the preseason surrounding the New York Jets were based on their offense. The list of weapons available to quarterback Mark Sanchez is impressive. They include wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cothcery, running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene and tight end Dustin Keller. The Jets have the ability to spread out a defense and make the field look really wide. It also helps that the Jets have one of the best offensive lines in football. Sanchez himself is improving dramatically as the season wears on. He has gone from a rookie asked to not lose a game to a leader expected to manage and win a game.
The offensive injury list of the Packers is an impressive list of some top names. Donald Driver is hurt, offensive tackle Chad Clifton has a bad knee, the other tackle Mark Tauscher has a bad shoulder and guard Marshall Newhouse has a nagging back injury. None of this seemed to be a problem against the Vikings but, then again, the Jets are certainly not the Vikings.
The Packers defense bends but does not break. With linebackers A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews prowling the middle of the field, the Packers can bring pressure to the quarterback or stay back and stop the run. But Matthews is coming off of an injury and cornerback Charles Woodson is still being very careful about his toe injury. When the Packers defense can go full force, it can be a very difficult defense to play. But when it is hobbled by injuries, it can be difficult to predict which way the game will go.
The only place the Jets seem to have a problem on defense is in the passing game. But it is important to remember that cornerback Darelle Revis has still not had a full impact on the Jets play. In the first couple of weeks, because he held out for the whole preseason, Revis was not in game shape. Then Revis was injured for a couple of weeks. But, during the bye week, Revis started to practice full-time again. That could be very bad news for the Packers.
[adinserter block=”1″]The Bottom Line:
The beat up Packers offense is coming up against a Jets defense with a healthy Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Let’s not forget defensive end Sean Ellis and his three and half sacks along with linebackers Bart Scott and David Harris in the middle stopping the run. The Jets may just be too much for the Packers to handle, especially when you consider the rested health of the Jets versus the bad health of the Packers.
Pick: New York Jets 35-10
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