Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/7/14
Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at New York Jets (8-8)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets -1 -- Over/Under: 35.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets will meet Thursday in their first preseason game of the season.
The Colts enter this season with a lot of hope that they can make a strong Super Bowl run. Andrew Luck enters his third season, Reggie Wayne returns from injury and Trent Richardson simply has to break out of his funk and start looking like an NFL running back, right? The Colts also added Hakeem Nicks, who is expected to be the Colts No. 2 wide receiver. Simply put, the Colts offense is loaded and should have little trouble scoring points once the season begins. As far as the backup quarterback, 16-year veteran Matt Hasselbeck gets the nod, which may be a good thing during the preseason. Remember, it wasn’t long ago when Hasselbeck was the starting QB for the Tennessee Titans. Defensively, the Colts have a lot of unproven guys as far as their second unit and will need players to step up.
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The Jets did some major shopping during the offseason, adding wide receiver Eric Decker, quarterback Michael Vick and running back Chris Johnson. All of a sudden, the Jets have some offensive playmakers and could make drastic improvements in this area. However, Geno Smith still seems like the favorite to win the starting job, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to play Vick judging on what we saw last season. Either way, the Jets have two decent options at QB and both guys will get plenty of reps in this game. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro is another guy to watch. Defensively, the Jets have a solid starting unit that shouldn’t be on the field that long. Antonio Allen is a name to watch at backup free safety.
Quarterback’s lead the preseason and I’m giving the edge to the Jets in this one. Smith and Vick are a better combination than Luck and a 38-year-old Hasselbeck. Besides, Luck won’t play more than two or three series.
Give me the Jets as long as the spread remains under a field goal.