The New York Jets will open up their NFL preseason as they travel to play the Detroit Lions in a pro football exhibition game on Friday night.
Kick off time from Detroit is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with live national television coverage provided by the Detroit and New York markets only.
The NFL odds from this contest have the home side Detroit Lions favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line coming in at 36 points. A money line wager on the home side Detroit Lions will return -220 odds with the road underdog New York Jets returning +180 odds to post the straight up win without the need for points on their side.
In the first week of preseason you can expect to see starters play between one and three series. There is a quarterback completion for the New York Jets this preseason. Veteran Mark Sanchez is competing with second round draft pick rookie Geno Smith. Also seeing work in week one of the preseason will be veterans Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.
The Jets running backs are Bilal Powell a third year man along with veterans Joe McKnight, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson and first year man Chad Spann. The Jets offense was dismal a season ago as the club pushes across just 18 points and gained 299 yards per game. On defense they slipped as they allowed 133 yards rushing per game and a 4.3 yards per rush average.
Veteran Matthew Stafford returns under center for the Lions as he works his fifth season with the team. Backing up Stafford is 12 year veteran Shaun Hill along with youngsters Thaddeus Lewis and Kellen Moore.
The club signed Reggie Bush at running back in the offseason and should see limited work in week one. Competing for carries in the Lions backfield will be Mike Leshoure, veteran Montell Owens along with rookies Theo Reddick and Steven Miller. The Lions drafted defense in their first two picks. The team allowed 27 points and 341 yards per game a season ago. They look to improve from a 4-12 finish in the 2012 season.