Jets Go From Favorite to Underdog in NFL Opener With Revis Trade

NFL Player Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis, then with the New York Jets, looks on during a game in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Jan. 1, 2012. Photographer: Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery via Getty Images

Darrelle Revis is already making his presence felt for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are now favored by oddsmakers against the New York Jets when the teams meet in the opening week of the National Football League season.

The Jets yesterday traded the three-time All-Pro cornerback to the Buccaneers for a first-round pick in this week’s draft and a third- or fourth-round selection in 2014. Revis, who spent his first six seasons in New York, agreed to a new six-year contract with Tampa Bay and should strengthen a defense that allowed the NFL’s most passing yards last season.

Before losing a player described by coach Rex Ryan as the best cornerback in the NFL, the Jets were the 1-point favorites for the Sept. 8 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book. The Buccaneers are now favored by 2 1/2 points.

“Nobody can tell how does a trade make you better, make you worse,” Ryan said last night on a media conference call. “Are you talking about for one week, are you talking about a season, are you talking about a future? Nobody really knows. Nobody has the answer to that.”

The Jets’ odds of winning the Super Bowl have lengthened to 100-1 from 50-1 without Revis, tied for the fourth-worst among the NFL’s 32 teams. Only the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars have longer title odds, with the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans also at 100-1.

The Buccaneers, who have missed the playoffs the past five years, had their odds of winning the Super Bowl shortened to 40-1 from 50-1, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book.

While Revis is coming off a torn knee ligament that limited him to two games for the Jets last season, ESPN cited a Buccaneers official it didn’t identify as saying the team has no doubt he’ll be ready to play the Sept. 8 season-opener.