Monday Night Football AFC battle Ravens vs Jets Vegas NFL Picks, Predictions & Odds - Two “loud” teams in Week 1 Monday Night Football Picks clash in a battle of AFC contenders at the new Meadowlands arena as the Baltimore Ravens vs. the New York Jets in tonight's Monday Night Football NFLPredictions matchup.
Vegas odds have placed the Jets as 2-NFL point Spread favorites at home. The Jets were 4-4 against the spread (ATS) at home in 2009 while the Ravens were 2-2 as road underdogs ATS. New York has not beaten the Ravens in three NFL Picks games since 2001, the latest meeting a 20-13 Baltimore NFL Picks victory in 2007.
The Jets, a team built around defense, asked the offense not to lose the game in 2009 but should open things up in 2010. Quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled at times as a rookie, throwing only 12 TDs against 20 interceptions. Sanchez should improve in year 2 as he learns NFL defenses and benefits from having receiver Braylon Edwards for an entire season. He will also get receiver Santonio Holmes but not until after his league-imposed suspension has been served. In the meantime, he will look for TE Dustin Keller and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets also rely heavily on the ground game and will break-in playoff star Shonn Greene as well as HOF hopeful LaDainian Tomlinson and USC rookie Joe McNight. Las Vegas NFL Odds makers have listed the total at 36 points in tonight's Monday Night Football NFL Predictions matchup.
The Ravens specialize in shutting down the run, with opponents averaging 3.4 per rush with only 8 rushing touchdowns in 2009. Inside linebacker Ray Lewis is still going strong as a run-stuffer in the middle, hiding behind big bodies Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata. The Ravens love to pressure the quarterback, starting with OLB Terrell Suggs. Plays can be had in a secondary missing all-world safety Ed Reed and starting CB Dominique Foxworth. Starters Chris Carr and Fabian Washington do not inspire fear at the corners so Sanchez could hit some plays downfield if he has time.
This will be a battle of attrition, with both teams battling strength vs. strength. Look for the Jets to have just a little bit more in this Monday Night Football NFL Picks affair, getting the edge at home in a close game.
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