Recently we spoke with BetAmerica Analyst Scott, about what his predictions were for the New York teams, and the Hard Knocks starring Raiders, ahead of the upcoming season. Here is what he had say in response to our questions:
One of the big talking points this season is the battle for New York. How do the Jets/Giants compare?
The Giants appear to be a mess heading into the 2019-2020 season. Eli Manning is a year older after another subpar season and first round draft pick Daniel Jones is all but certain to go through serious growing pains based on his career at Duke. The loss of Odell Beckham, Jr. leaves the G-Men with no speed on the outside and their top two wideouts are both questionable to start the season. (Sterling Shepard due to a thumb injury and Golden Tate due to possible suspension for failing a drug test.) Sure, their offensive line should be better than last season and Saquon Barkley is a generational talent, but they have a ton of holes and issues to deal with. I cannot see playing OVER their current Win total of 6. They may win 6, but there is a much better chance they win 4 or 5. I like the UNDER.
The Jets on the other hand appear to be moving in the right direction. Franchise quarterback Sam Darnold should move forward in his second year and the addition of Le’ Veon Bell gives them a big-time playmaker in the backfield to go along with a solid group of receivers led by big play threat Robby Anderson. The defense should also improve with the addition of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and interior pass rusher Quinnen Williams. Combine that with a strong secondary led by third year safety Jamal Adams and you have a team on paper that can definitely win more than 7.5 games.
I would be very surprised if the Jets do not win more games than the Giants.
It’s nearly time for the Raiders to be on Hard Knocks. How are Gruden’s team looking this season? (Discuss Over/Under)
I am not a big fan of the Raiders heading into the 2019 season. They added a few big-time playmakers in Antonio Brown and Josh Jacobs, but their offensive line is a big question mark and their defense has major holes in it. Furthermore, it does not appear that Gruden has adapted to the new style of NFL football. If Derek Carr does not play much better than he did in his first year under Gruden it is likely to be another long season for Oakland. I think six wins is their ceiling in a competitive AFC West, so I like UNDER their win total of 6 .