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Jets vs Ravens Odds - Sanchez, Jets to struggle against Ravens defense

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:20:47 AM
NFL oddsJets vs Ravens odds pit New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan versus his former team, but the bigger storyline will be rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez’s first start. Sanchez is going up against one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the Ravens will go out of their way to give a rough welcome to the rookie and their former coordinator.

Jets vs Ravens odds: Ravens -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Monday, August 24th – 8:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
  • PICK: Ravens -3

Jets vs Ravens odds maker breakdown: Offense

Mark Sanchez will get thrown into the fire after a good opening preseason game, but this test will be much stiffer. While he’s competing with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, the truth is that Clemens isn’t much competition. Look for both quarterbacks – and the entire backfield – to struggle against the Ravens' fast defense.

For the Ravens, they have some quarterback depth with Joe Flacco and Troy Smith, but their real strength is their deep backfield. With Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain, the Ravens should have success on the ground like they did in the opener (25-101 YDS).

Betting Edge: Ravens

Jets vs Ravens odds maker breakdown: Defense

The Jets defense has gotten stronger since Rex Ryan took over but many of the holdovers are still adjusting to the new scheme. By the end of the season, the Jets will have one of the best defenses around -- but right now, NFL betting sharps know that they are still transitioning.

The Ravens defense has already shut out one mediocre offense this preseason and they will have the opportunity to do so again on Monday night. The Ravens held the Redskins’ offense to just 207 yards of total offense in the first game, and now that they’re facing a rookie quarterback and his marginal backup, the Ravens should be licking their chops.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Jets vs Ravens odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

Online betting handicappers should note that the Ravens are breaking in a new placekicker as Matt Stover is no longer with the team. Steven Hauschka is leading the race.

On the whole, the Jets have better special teams because they have some consistency in their kicking game, not to mention their return game is stronger when Leon Washington handles the work.

Betting Edge: Jets

Jets vs Ravens odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

Both teams don’t have any serious long-term injuries, but the Jets could be without a number of regulars. Kris Jenkins (strained left calf), Alan Faneca (broken finger), Damien Woody (concussion), Nick Mangold (knee), Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and FB Tony Richardson (hip) could miss their second consecutive preseason game.

Betting Edge: Ravens

Jets vs Ravens betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The Ravens are a field-goal favorite in the sportsbook and that might be a cheap price. They should be able to clamp down defensively, and that fact combined with the Jets’ injuries should contribute to a Ravens cover.


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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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