The NY Jets are set to begin their season at home against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. After an offseason of intense roster turnovers, the Jets are looking to make major strides in 2022.
A new-look offense and revamped defense will hope to lead the Jets to bigger and better things this season, but they're up against a tall task in Week 1 facing Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Despite their disappointing 8-9 finish a year ago, the Ravens still have one of the best rosters in the NFL. The Jets will have to be at their best if they're to have any chance of upsetting their AFC North adversaries.
Will the Jets pull off a stunning upset or will the Ravens cruise to their first win of the season? Let's take a look at the latest betting odds.
NY Jets vs. Ravens Odds Week 1
According to FanDuel, the Ravens are the 6.5-point favorites on the road against the Jets. The Ravens' moneyline for the game is currently set at -290 while the Jets are the underdogs at +235.
The total over/under for the game is set at 44.5 points.
NY Jets vs. Ravens Prediction Week 1
This Jets team is as deep and talented as we've seen in years. The offensive line is a borderline top-10 unit on paper, the skill position group is much improved, and the defense is legitimately excellent at both defensive end and cornerback.
This is a good Jets roster, but they face an even better Ravens roster in Week 1.
The Ravens have been one of the NFL's most consistently good franchises over the last couple of decades due in part to a stable front office and coaching staff. It doesn't hurt to have some star players too.
This is probably the best time to play the Ravens, however, with a number of players still out nursing injuries or just returning from said injuries. The roster is still a little shorthanded and the Jets will look to take advantage of that.
The real question for New York comes down to who starts at quarterback. Head coach Robert Saleh insisted on Monday that Zach Wilson still has a chance to play, but it seems more likely that Joe Flacco will suit up against his former team.
Flacco is a capable quarterback, but the Jets are the underdogs here for a reason. As much as I'd love to predict a Jets upset, it just wouldn't be the safe bet.
Let's call it a 31-21 Ravens victory. The Jets keep it close until the very end when the talent gap becomes more evident.