Atlanta Falcons () vs New York Jets ()Date : 08/10/2018
Time : 7:30 PM
Location : MetLife Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets
An NFL game on a Friday night? It must really be preseason and we will open up week 1 of the preseason with the New York Jets playing at home in MetLife Stadium where they will play in an AFC-NFC matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the opening kick is slated for 7:30 PM. The New York Jets are looking to return to relevancy while rebuilding and the Atalanta Falcons are trying to continue their level of success in the postseason.
Atlanta Falcons's Latest Performance :
The Atlanta Falcons are looking to continue their high level of success in the deep NFC South under 3rd-year coach Dan Quinn as they will be seeking their 3rd consecutive postseason appearance. The Falcons have a top 5 QB at the helm in Matt Ryan and the 33-year-old was able to perform at a high-level last season as he threw for 4,095 yards and 20 TDs. The Falcons pride themselves on being able to have an unpredictable offense as they aren’t only limited to a passing game but rather a solid rushing attack that host two 500+ yard rushers. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were able to combine for 1,493 yards and 12 TDs on the ground as well as help Ryan through the air as they chipped in 616 yards and 4 TDs. Atlanta has one of the best WR units in the NFL and they were able to get even better this offseason as they added Alabama WR Calvin Ridley in the 1st round of the 2018 draft. Julio Jones is arguably the top WR in the league and the big target showed that last season as he was able to compile 1,444 yards with a more remarkable stat of 16.4 YPC. The Falcons pass catchers didn’t stop there with stats as they were able to have WR Mohamed Sanu and TE Austin Hopper crack the 500-yark with a combined 1,229 yards and 8 TDs. The defense for the Falcons was one of the best in the NFL as they were able to rank 8th in the NFL in points allowed per game as opponents score an average of 19.7 points. The young LB Deion Jones didn’t look like a 24-year-old last year as the former LSU standout was able to compile 91 tackles and more impressively 3 interceptions. Jones is joined by another young and upcoming LB as 25-year-old De’Vondre Campbell was able to add 61 tackles himself. The secondary is what the Falcons truly like to be defined by as they are tenacious and they only added to their depth by drafting Isaiah Oliver. Kenau Neal adds to the long list of successful Florida DBs as the 2nd year safety was able to contribute 81 tackles. Joining Neal is CBs Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant who contributed 32 pass deflections and 3 interceptions while splitting time with 2nd-year nickel Brian Poole. The biggest lost for the Falcons was the departure of Adrian Clayborn as the pass rusher contributed a team-high 9.5 sacks last year but luckily for Quinn, he still has young talent. Edge rushers Takkarist McKinley and Vic Beasly were able to combine for 11 sacks last season and given the departure of Clayborn we should expect more playing time for the youngsters.
New York Jets's Latest Performance :
The New York Jets have struggled to find their stride in the AFC East over the last 8 seasons as they have failed to make the postseason since 2010 but even though they went 5-11 last year the season is still marked up as a win as they were a prime candidate to go 0-16. The Jets went out and spent their 3rd overall pick on QB Sam Darnold out of USC and even though he showed levels of inconsistency in college he is often considered the best QB in the 2018 draft class. Darnold will have the chance of learning from journeyman Josh McCown who was a serviceable QB last season as the 39-year-old 2,296 yards and 18 TDs. Bilal Powell was one of the most underrated RBs last season as the former Lousiville Cardinal was able to compile 772 yards on the ground in only 10 starts and the speedy back will be given some reinforcements. The Jets were able to add former Cleveland Brown RB Isaiah Crowell as well as Thomas Rawls who showed potential to be good in his short time in Seattle. The Jets WR unit was derailed by injuries last year but bearing a healthy season from the corp they could be one of the best units in the AFC East. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse were two of the top pass catchers for the Jets last season as they were able to combine for 1,751 yards and 12 TDs and luckily they will both return for Todd Bowles. Joining the two downfield threats will be former Washington Redskin WR Terrelle Pryor as well as Quincy Ennuwa who missed 2017 with an injury. The Jets defense was able to keep the team in games last year and they have potential to be even better this season considering some solid offseason adds. The Jets made the shocking decision to release LB Demarco Davis who led the team in tackles with 97 and sacks with 5 but they replaced his services with Avery Williamson who had 94 tackles last year as well as Kevin Minter who started in a deep group of LBs in Cincinnati. The defensive backfield was young last year as Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started at safety in what was only their rookie year but they were solid as they combined for 119 tackles and 2 interceptions. The duo will be joined by former Los Angeles Ram CB Trumaine Johnson who was able to rack up 68 tackles and 2 interceptions last season. The pass rush took the biggest hit as they lost their top 2 sack leaders from last year but the hope is Leonard Williams will improve on what was only a 2 sack season.
How Atlanta Falcons & New York Jets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Atlanta went 7-9 ATS in 2017
New York went 8-6-2 ATS in 2017
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Atlanta ranked 15th in the NFL in PPG as they scored an average of 22.1 PPG while New York ranked 24th where they scored an average of 18.6 PPG.
Atlanta ranked 8th in the NFL in points allowed per game as they let opponents score an average of 19.7 PPG while New York ranked 22nd as opponents scored 23.9 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: New York Jets -2.5
My reason for the pick :
The J-E-T-S are back in full swing as they will peak in the preseason and fall hard in the season but the reason that I am backing the other team in NY is because of the depth they have at QB. Bowles will let the 3-man QB situation play out as Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown, and Sam Darnold are all trying to battle it out and this is the perfect opportunity to see what they got. The Falcons won’t play any of their main weapons for obvious injury concerns and the Jets defense should be improved anyways so expect the Jets to win at home and cover the small -2.5 spread.