The first Sunday of the NFL season was predictably unpredictable. It usually takes a few games to get a real read on most teams. That will, of course, not deter us from gambling on those games, but it is something to be aware of.
Week 1 now concludes with a pair of Monday Night Football games on ESPN. We have the Lions at home against rookie QB Sam Darnold and the Jets in the early game. The late game features the Oakland Raiders and old/new coach Jon Gruden hosting the Los Angeles Rams.
Here’s what you need to know to take care of business, baby!
All spreads as of Monday morning.
New York Jets at Detroit Lions (-7)
7:10 p.m. ET
This game is intriguing for several reasons. First and foremost, we get a look at Darnold … the latest and greatest savior at quarterback for the New York Jets.
Darnold played well in the preseason, although the training wheels were still very clearly on. I expect them to stay on in this game. While the Jets have not been a dynamic team of late, they aren’t devoid of talent with Robby Anderson, Terrelle Pryor, Quincy Enunwa and Isaiah Crowell.
Their defense is also competitive and young, featuring a pair of safeties taken in last year’s draft who may become as good as any in football. The Jets are also one of those teams that are scrappy and play tough.