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NFL betting preview: Jets have defensive power

by Sean Goff | September 23, 2012

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New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins– 6pm

These two teams from the AFC East go into week three with 1-1 records but have had very contrasting fortunes so far. The Dolphins drafted quarter-back Ryan Tanehill in round one of the draft, filmed HBO documentary ‘Hard Knocks’ at training camp, got hammered 30-10 by the Houston Texans in week one and looked the worst team in the NFL.

The Jets on the other hand signed the most hyped, over-rated player in football, Tim Tebow during the off-season, looked absolutely terrible in their pre-season games and then came out and destroyed the Buffalo Bills and look like play-off contenders!

Both teams reversed that form in week two with the Dolphins beating the Oakland Raiders mainly thanks to 172 yards and two touch-downs from Reggie Bush, while the Jets looked like the terrible team from pre-season in losing to the Steelers. This should be a tight game as they usually are but Rex Ryan’s Jets defence should have about enough to come out on top.

Money-Back Special – If Reggie Bush scores the last touchdown, we will refund all losing match handicap bets on the match.

Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos – 9.25pm

The late game on Sky Sports on Sunday features two teams with legitimate playoff and Super Bowl aspirations. The Houston Texans were many people’s dark horses for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the start of the season and have looked very impressive in beating Miami and Jacksonville in their first two games.

Their team has very little weaknesses. defensive co-ordinator Wade Phillips has one of the meanest defences in football, they have a fantastic one-two punch in Ben Tate and Arian Foster on the ground and if they can stay fit have an impressive air attack with Matt Schaub at quarterback and Andre Johnson at wide receiver.

With Denver it’s all about Peyton Manning and whether the gamble in going with him after several serious neck operations will work. In week one, Manning looked like his old self against the Steelers but on last week’s Monday night’s game he didn’t seem to have the arm strength and zip in his pass of his halcyon days.

This is a team that made a play-off run last season with Tim Tebow at quarterback so they’ll be looking to match or better that this season. I expect the Texans to put another marker down at Mile High Stadium, Denver. Peyton Manning will be having nightmares about that Houston defence all week.

Money-Back Special – If Arian Foster scores the last touchdown, we will refund all losing match handicap bets on the match.

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