The beleaguered New York Jets will look to quiet their preseason detractors today when they host the Buffalo Bills in an NFL Week 1 battle at MetLife Stadium (1:00pm ET start time, CBS). Buffalo Bills at New York Odds have Rex Ryan’s troops listed as a -2.5 against the spread home favorite while the Bills are getting +125 moneyline odds ($100 wins $125) to spoil New York’s home opener. The Over/Under in today’s AFC East rivalry tilt is set at 38.5 points.
New York’s offense could not have looked worse in the preseason as it scored just one touchdown and 7.8 points per contest in four exhibition games. However, it was obvious to most that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano kept the exhibition game planning to a minimum.
New York will pull out all the stops this afternoon against the Bills new look 4-3 defense, unveiling the Tim Tebow Wildcat package (an approach Sparano used with occasional success during his time at Miami) as well as a more intricate passing attack than the one shown during preseason play.
It should also be noted that Sparano had success against the Bills while serving as the Dolphins head coach, posting a 5-2 record and 26.8 point per game average in the five wins.
The Jets, with Rex Ryan at the helm, have also been a major nemesis to the Bills. Buffalo scored a 16-13 win over New York in October of 2009 (Ryan’s first season with the club), but New York has won the last five meetings (4-1 against the spread) by an average of 16.2 points per contest.
Buffalo should be an improved club this season, but all sign point toward it starting the year with a loss.
Free Pick: Take the Jets -2.5 points.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Odds:
Buffalo Bills +2.5 (-110), Over 38.5 (-110), +125 (Moneyline)
New York Jets -2.5 (-110), Under 38.5 (-110), -145 (Moneyline)
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