Betting Odds: New York Jets at Washington Redskins (-1)
- New York Jets Moneyline: +100
- Washington Redskins Moneyline: -120
- Over/Under: 38.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 16, 2018 – 8:00 p.m. ET
New York Jets
Jets beat writers have indicated the team is hopeful Sam Darnold wins the starting quarterback job by Week 1. Teddy Bridgewater impressed against the Falcons last week, but neither he nor 39-year-old Josh McCown should keep Darnold on the bench for long. The No. 3 pick averaged only 5.3 yards per attempt last week, but he engineered an impressive 64-yard, two-minute drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown strike. Darnold has seemingly already won over the public, as the Jets have moved from +3 to +1 after receiving 63% of the tickets and 66% of the money.
Electric second-round running back Derrius Guice will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. HC Jay Gruden has decided against bringing in an additional back and is expected to roll out 2017’s three-headed committee of grinders Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley and space back Chris Thompson. Neither Perine nor Kelley averaged even 3.5 yards per rush last season, but Perine produced in college (at least 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns per season on the ground) and has NFL-level athleticism (88th-percentile SPARQ score). Thompson’s continued recovery from a mid-season broken leg could theoretically enhance the role of whoever seizes the early-down job.