Last year the Jets looked to be a playoff team before collapsing down the stretch. They ended up finishing 9-7 straight up and 7-9 against the NFL odds.
NFL odds at the sportsbook have the Jets as one of the big underdogs to win the 2009 Super Bowl at 45-1. New York plays in a division that includes the New England Patriots so it is not going to be easy versus the NFL odds in 2009. The Jets are counting on #1 draft pick Mark Sanchez to lead them and they are banking on new head coach Rex Ryan to get them into the playoffs.
New York made a number of off-season moves as sports betting information shows, some of which were good while others were not. The Jets added linebacker Bart Scott, cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland and safety Jim Leonhard. They lost linebacker Eric Barton and wide receiver Laveranues Coles. They also won’t have Brett Favre at quarterback and that might actually be good news considering how Favre played at the end of last season.
The Jets did a lot of things right in 2008 but their 1-4 finish cost Eric Mangini his job and led to Brett Favre retiring at least for a while. Thomas Jones had an excellent year running the ball and the offense was 9th in the league in points scored as NFL odds numbers show.
The 2009 New York Jets are still going to run the ball with Jones and Leon Washington and they are hoping that Sanchez wins the starting quarterback job and immediately produces. Sports betting information tells us that on defense the Jets should be a lot better with Ryan running the show. He coached great defenses in Baltimore and brought some of his players with him to New York including Scott and Leonhard.
The future seems bright for the Jets in terms of NFL odds at the sportsbook. How quickly the Jets turn into serious AFC contenders is the question. If everything falls into place and Sanchez is the real deal then it could be right away. If not, then the Jets are going to have to play great defense and win low scoring games in NFL odds.