There’s a rare feel-good factor surrounding the New York Jets heading into the 2023 NFL season and optimism is on the rise, as they prepare to host the Buffalo Bills in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Aaron Rodgers’ arrival at MetLife Stadium has sparked renewed hope about what the Jets can achieve this season in the AFC East.
The Bills on the other hand head into the new campaign on the back of a turbulent offseason, and it might well be a big ask for quarterback Josh Allen to pull off a victory on the road at a divisional rival in this opening round.
Starting with the Jets, the hosts are set to have running back Breece Hall available again after what will have been 323 days since his last appearance.
Hall has been out with a right knee injury but, having gone under the knife, the hope is his injury woes are now behind him.
The Jets will also look to Dalvin Cook to help with the running game against the Bills, while OTs Duane Brown and Mekhi Becton are both deemed questionable for the opening game.
As for the Bills, LB Von Miller is out with a knee injury of his own and there are suggestions he won’t be available to play until Week 5 of the new season.
OT Tommy Doyle is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a torn ACL, while AJ Epenesa is recovering from an injury and Tuesday’s game might come too soon for the DE.
LB Baylon Spector and WR Justin Shorter have also been placed on the injured reserve lists with respective hamstring injuries.
New York Jets – Money Line @ 6/5
With excitement around Rodgers at the Jets, the positivity is certainly with the hosts going into this game.
The Bills lost last season on their visit to the home of the Jets, with New York coming out on top 20-17 on that occasion.
The experience of former Green Bay Packers star Rodgers can’t be questioned and every player on the Jets’ offense should get a lift following his arrival at MetLife Stadium.
Buffalo finished last season 13-3 but suffered a disappointing defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs.
There could well be some sort of hangover from that kind of loss and the Jets can take advantage here at the start of the Rodgers’ era.
Garrett Wilson – 1st Touchdown Scorer @ 8/1
There is plenty of excitement over the partnership that could be created with Rodgers and wide receiver Garrett Wilson playing together on offense.
Wilson’s receiving stats were not the greatest last season, as he caught 56.5% of his 147 targets for 1,103 receiving yards.
However, Rodgers’ career stats of a 65.3% completion rate bodes well for Wilson, who is well-priced at 8/1 to score the opening touchdown of the game at MetLife Stadium.