Week #1: Raiders vs Jets
Its opening week of the NFL and we have the Oakland Raiders visiting the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands on Sunday. Cappers Picks provides free NFL handicapping tips all season long.
This is not the most exciting game on the board but it could be entertaining and both teams test whether they have actually gotten better. If one of these teams actually has a QB they might be alright this season.
NFL Betting Lines
Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
Sunday September 7
MetLife Stadium – Meadowlands, NJ
NFL Football Betting Lines: New York -5
NFL Football Betting Total: 40.5
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The Raiders were bad last season.
They couldn’t throw worth a damn and the only reason they put up so many yards on the ground was because their quarterback was a good athlete, prone to scampering.
This year they have to choose between a promising rookie and a washed up veteran.
Derek Carr vs. Matt Schaub.
As this is being written it looks like they are going with the veteran. Mostly they are hoping that the running game, enhanced by Maurice Jones-Drew will be enough to minimize their reliance on the QB.
The one thing the Raiders have going for them in this one is that the Jets are no more set at QB and it is opening week so anything can happen.
Neither of these teams is all that good but somebody is going to walk out 1-0.
The +5 you can get with the Raiders is actually a pretty nice number. If they can get off to a good start maybe the running game can grind it out for them.
The Jets are kind of in no man’s land right now.
It is not all that long ago that they went to back to back championship games thanks to a strong defense and spirited quarterback play.
But as the defense declined it put more pressure on Mark Sanchez and he was not able to rise to the occasion. The whole offense struggled and things got be pretty embarrassing.
Last year marked the beginning of a new era but it has not exactly been swimming with Geno Smith leading the club.
For this season I am convinced that Michael Vick is a better option than Geno Smith. He has that extra dimension of being able to run and has always been able to create big plays because of his willingness to rely on his physical gifts.
Smith is getting the start and with a number over -3 I think that is more than enough reason to fade the Jets.
This one could be pretty ugly so you might want to bet it and forget it.
NFL Football Handicapping Trends
- Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC.
- Under is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 games in September.
- Jets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Jets last 5 vs. AFC.
- Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
NFL Football Week #1 Prediction: 4* Free Play On New York Jets -5
NFL Score prediction: New York 23 – Oakland 20
The Jets eek out a win but the Raiders will be the winning play in this one. As I said earlier unless you want to be frustrated throughout the whole game wondering how this passes for NFL football.