NFL Odds & Preview – Washington Redskins at NY Jets 8/19
The Washington Redskins couldn’t get out of their own way when it came to running the football last week. That was enough of a concern against the Atlanta Falcons in the 23-17 loss, but it could be even more difficult as they go up against the New York Jets, who has one of the better and deeper defensive lines in the league. The action begins at FedEx Field at 7:30 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers will have the chance to keep wagering on the action as it is in progress as they take advantage of what Live Betting Ultra has to offer.
Washington’s situation is this – they lost Alfred Morris in the off-season, as the former Pro Bowl running back signed with division rival Dallas. They had enough confidence in Matt Jones that they committed to him as the featured back, and so they did not make a deal for a veteran or draft a running back high. Seventh-round pick Keith Marshall out of Georgia, who has had some injuries but possesses some talent, is a possibility to support Jones. But he had minus-1 yard vs. Atlanta, while Jones had one yard on three carries. Marshall is not going to make the team with efforts like that.
It’s hard to say how much the Jets will play their defensive starters; head coach Todd Bowles plays things very close to the vest. But last year’s meeting between these teams says something, as the ‘Skins had just 34 rushing yards on 17 carries.
In the NFL odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Redskins are laying points at home:
What are the Jets going to do with Christian Hackenberg? The second-round draft pick out of Penn State is itching to play, but he did not see action last week in the 17-13 win against Jacksonville. Maybe Bowles will turn to him and maybe he won’t; perhaps he is trying to devote more time to seeing whether Bryce Petty, the second-year player out of Baylor, is deserving of a roster spot, which might give the Jets four quarterbacks coming in the regular season. Geno Smith, who struggled in practice sessions this week and completed eight out of 14 passes against the Jags, is secure as the veteran backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to Bowles.
BetAnySports patrons who like to look at the trends that occur during the pre-season can see that the Jets have covered seven of their last eight road games during the pre-season, but most of that obviously took place under Rex Ryan.
The Redskins got some nice work out of Nate Sudfeld, a rookie QB out of Indiana who doesn’t have a lot of mobility, but is pretty poised back there. He went 10-of-15 for 85 yards. Kirk Cousins, who led the NFL in completion percentage last season (69.5%) will get the start of course, but the starters will probably see the field for no more than a quarter. One starter who doesn’t look like he is going to make post is Trent Williams, the star left tackle, who is dealing with a knee injury.
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