The early game on ESPN has the New York Jets favored in Internet betting as they host the Baltimore Ravens while the late game in Kansas City has the Chiefs as home underdogs against the San Diego Chargers.
Super Bowl Contenders - The New York Jets are one of the Super Bowl favorites and they get to start the season at home on Monday Night. It is a tough home opener against another Super Bowl contender, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens made a number of off-season moves including getting wide receiver Anquan Boldin. He is expected to give quarterback Joe Flacco a deep threat which should make Baltimore’s running game even more effective. The Ravens are very well respected by many gamblers are they are just a 2.5 point underdog at SBG in this opener.
New York got a huge break this week when Pro Bowl cornerback Darelle Revis ended his holdout and signed a new deal. He will be starting on Monday night and he will likely shut down Boldin. The Ravens are happy that Revis is back as they didn’t want the Jets to have any excuses when they lose. The war of words has already started. Revis will be expected to shut down Boldin but the Ravens also signed T.J. Houshmanzadeh and he may be able to find some room on Monday night. The Ravens defense will be without Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed for at least the first six weeks so they could struggle against New York’s running game which led the NFL a year ago.
Baltimore has won the last five meetings with New York but it will not be easy to win against the Jets in their home opener. The Ravens are just 2-8 in their last 10 Monday Night games. The last time the Ravens and Jets played was in 2007 as Baltimore won 20-13.
San Diego at Kansas City – The Chargers have a tough opener at Kansas City in a very late game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are expected to be improved this season but the online betting odds makers still like the Chargers as they are 4.5 point road favorites. San Diego has been a good road team as they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Chargers are 24-10-4 ATS in their last 38 vs. the AFC West. The Chiefs are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.