Caesars Sportsbook put out their opening futures odds for the 2020 NFL season. Their bookmakers don’t think very highly of the New York Jets.
New York Jets fans, as they should, are feeling optimistic about the team’s chances this season. A 6-2 second-half record last year and the departure of Darth Vader to Tampa Bay from the Death Star, er Tom Brady leaving New England for the Buccaneers should make them excited for the future. Now here comes the Sportsbook at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to rain on their parade.
Starting from the outside and working in, the New York Jets are 50-1 to win the Lombardi Trophy next February. That seems kind of fair, Gang Green still has to prove they can hang with the big boys of the conference and league. They need to earn their stripes, per se.
The oddsmakers get cut some slack for making the Raiders a 30-1 bet to win it all. Not that the Black and Silver is that good, it’s because they are the home team now. But how can the Jets possibly be behind the Los Angeles Chargers (45-1) who don’t have a stud passer like Sam Darnold, but instead will open the season with Tyrod Taylor as their number one?
Moving on to the AFC East. Even without Brady, New England is 20-1 to win the Super Bowl and 9-1 to win the division. With who at quarterback, Jared Stidham? Buffalo at 28-1 to win the Super Bowl and 12-1 to take the division might be fair. But, I think the first is too low and the second is too high. Gang Green is 20-1 to conquer the East, so there is a value bet to be had.
Here is the real dagger in the heart. Caesars has the New York Jets over/under win total opening at 6.5. Talk about a value bet, wow. How can they seriously have Gang Green at a number worse than last season’s seven wins?
The defense under Greg Williams is outstanding and will probably be even better with an entire season of CJ Mosley leading it. They don’t give up yards on the ground. Also, their pass defense should be improved with Pierre Desir replacing Trumaine Johnson as the shutdown corner.
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Offensively, Darnold has a year of experience playing under Gase, which works in the New York Jets favor. General Manager Joe Douglas overhauled the offensive line, so Le’Veon Bell should get a little more room to work his magic running the ball. Wide receiver Robby Anderson may be gone, but tight end Chris Herndon should be back after missing 2019. My gut tells me that a playmaking receiver, either Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb will be Gang Green’s first-round draft pick next Thursday.
At the outset, I wrote that Caesars was raining on New York Jets fan’s optimism. Maybe it’s the other way around. Start looking for loose change in the couch and checking the pockets of those almost forgotten jeans at the back of the closet. There is some money to be made in Vegas.
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