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Lions, Rams betting favorites for Monday night NFL matchups

The New York Jets visit the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams visit the Oakland Raiders on Monday night to close out the NFL Week 1 betting slate at the sportsbooks.

Los Angeles Rams v Tennessee Titan Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The New York Jets are 1-8 straight up and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine games on the road including a current stretch of five straight road losses. The Jets will try to turn things around this Monday night when they visit the Detroit Lions.

New York is a 6.5-point road underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In the last seven games between the Jets and the Lions, the road team is 5-2 ATS.

New York Jets at Detroit Lions

When: Monday, September 10, 7:10 p.m. ET

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Betting Line / Total: Detroit -6.5 / 45 Points

Jets at Lions OddsShark Matchup Report

Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders

When: Monday, September 10, 10:20 p.m. ET

Where: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

Betting Line / Total: Los Angeles -4 / 49.5 Points

Rams at Raiders OddsShark Matchup Report

Monday night’s game will be the official start of the Sam Darnold era. Darnold will be the youngest starting quarterback in modern NFL history at 21 years and 97 days old. The third overall draft pick will try to help the Jets make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, or to at least push the team’s win total past five games for just the second time in the last five seasons.

The Lions enter this season on the heels of back-to-back 9-7 seasons. While they have made the playoffs as recently as 2016, the Lions are without a playoff win since 1991. Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last seven season openers and 5-1 ATS in its last six appearances on Monday night.

In the later game, the Los Angeles Rams are a 4-point road favorite facing the Oakland Raiders. Los Angeles made some major moves this offseason including a trade for Brandon Cooks to bolster the offense and the signing of Ndamukong Suh to join Aaron Donald on what should be a lethal defensive line.

After finishing the 2017 regular season with an 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS record before being upset by Atlanta in the playoffs, the Rams are expecting bigger and better things in 2018, and are projected to win Monday’s matchup by a score of 25.8-20.8 by the Linebacker game simulation.

The Raiders made headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend when they traded former defensive player of the year Khalil Mack to Chicago for draft picks. Oakland’s offense looks formidable on paper, but a defense that finished in the bottom third of the league last season in total yards losing one of the league’s best defenders seems like a major cause for concern for Jon Gruden and company. Oakland is 6-2 SU and ATS in its last eight games played in September according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

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