Baltimore (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0), Monday, 7:00 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: New York Jets -2.5 Total: 36
As if this Monday night matchup wasn’t intriguing enough with the Jets opening a new stadium, two big-name signings have provided even more flavor to this contest. CB Darrelle Revis has ended his holdout with the Jets and signed a four-year deal worth a reported $46 million deal. Revis, who held out for 36 days of training camp, is expected to start on Monday night. The Ravens also made a move by claiming WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh off waivers to a one-year, $855,000 contract.
The addition of Revis not only improves the secondary, but now the Jets pass rush could have another second or two to get to the quarterback. Revis will likely be put into man coverage against new Ravens WR Anquan Boldin (84 rec, 1,024 yds in ‘09) who is two inches taller than the 5-foot-11 Revis. Baseball Scores
Houshmandzadeh turns 33 in three weeks, but should still be one of Joe Flacco’s top weapons based on his 94 receptions per season since 2007. He was recently cut by Seattle. Basketball Scores
Over the past three years, the Ravens are 6-0 ATS in September and 11-2 ATS when holding opponents to less than 150 net passing yards; the run-heavy Jets averaged 148.8 net passing yards/game last year, and QB Mark Sanchez will be without the team’s top receiver, Santonio Holmes, who will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. The Jets are 3-13 ATS in home games played in the season’s first two weeks since 1992.
Despite the hype around Revis, who some experts consider the best football player on the planet, FoxSheets still likes the Ravens in this one:
NY JETS are 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home games in the first two weeks of the season since 1992. The average score was NY JETS 17.8, OPPONENT 25.2 – (Rating = 1*). NFL Scores
The addition of Revis can only help the Over/Under. FoxSheets says to go low:
Play Under – Any team against the total (NY JETS) – marginal winning team from last season (51% to 60%) playing a team that had a winning record, in conference games.(93-44 since 1983.) (67.9%, +44.6 units. Rating = 3*).
Play On Baltimore +2.5 and Under 36