Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets Pick / Lines / Prediction 8/10/18

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National Football League: Week 1 Preseason ATL vs. NYJ

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets August 10, 2018- 7:30 PM ET (NFLN) MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Friday night NFL action will take us out to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the Atlanta Falcons will square off against the New York Jets in a Week 1 preseason contest that has the following NFL betting lines from our best American sportsbooks;

JETS FALCONS
Moneyline
+165 -180
Spread
+3.5 -3.5
Total
34.5 34.5

Following a 10 win season in 2017 that saw them fall short in the postseason, the Falcons will have high expectations heading into 2018 as many have them making a return trip to the Super Bowl. Back at the helm will be veteran quarterback Matt Ryan who will be surrounded by what should be another outstanding offense. With Ryan ready to lead the offense, the backup duties will be a battle between Matt Schaub and Garrett Grayson. Rookie RB Ito Smith will be one to keep an eye on as he fights to see plenty of action come the regular season.

On defense, the Falcons will be set on that side of the ball as well as they will be expecting big things from Vic Beasley on the defensive line. In the secondary, rookie Isaiah Oliver will look to make his mark as a solid backup.

For the Jets, expectations will not be as high but will seek to improve upon a 5-11 record last season and at least build some consistency. However, if it is success they want, it will start with a solid quarterback as New York will be looking for the right man behind center to build around. All in the mix to be the everyday starter will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold which should make for an interesting preseason? Depth at running back is what the Jets will be banking on with Thomas Rawls, Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell.

Defensively, many spots will be up for grabs as we will see plenty of energy on that side of the ball but will it translate to making the big plays and stops when needed?

Prediction/Pick

While the Falcons will be as solid as any team in the league on both sides of the football, the Jets are hoping to just stay competitive and improve. For sports betting purposes for this ATL vs. NYJ matchup from our best sportsbooks, BetNow is favoring NYJ (-3) points over ATL with MyBookie giving us the Over/Under at 34.5 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 34.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.