Week 1 NFL Picks: New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: September 8th 2013
Week 1 NFL Picks: September 8th 2013
New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Bucs
Pick: Tampa Bay -3
CLICK HERE FOR ALEX SMART’S EXPERT FOOTBALL PICKS
Thanks to the preseason shoulder injury of NY Jets QB Sanchez the Jets will be starting Geno Smith who looked inaccurate and erratic in exhibition play. The Jets offense was atrocious last year( 30# in offensive efficiency), and there just were not enough upgrades to justify hope for this season in my humble opinion. The D also took a hit, as they lost star Darrelle Revis via trade, which will slow their ability to hold off offenses with passing prowess . Dont get me wrong the Jets young D, will eventually jell, but for now its a work in progress for this talented group. Meanwhile, Tampa Bays QB Josh Freeman comes off a 27 TD season, and looks to once again to be dangerous via play action, because of the emergence of RB Doug Martin (4.6 YPC, 12 TDs). The Bucs defense is hard to run against even without ( Bennett and Miller) and with their pass D upgraded(Revis), the Jets inconsistent pass offense should not do serious damage, which is not a good omen for the Jets chances here on opening day. Its interesting to note that the Bucs have covered 19 of their L/26 road games for a powerful 73% conversion rate!
Projected score: Tampa Bay 24 NY Jets 16