Two weeks into his second season in Buffalo, Rex Ryan might already be wearing out his welcome.
It could be worth a look at around 18-1 odds to bet on Ryan being the first NFL coach dismissed. The Bills host the New York Jets, Ryan’s former team, on Thursday night. The Jets are 1-point favorites, and the total is 40½. Both teams are in danger of the dreaded 0-2 start.
The Jets’ upcoming slate — Kansas City, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Arizona are on deck — suggests things could get dicey very quickly.
Ryan kept the Jets out of the playoffs last season with a pair of 22-17 wins, the final meeting coming in Week 17 when New York desperately needed to win in Buffalo.
The Buffalo offense flatlined by totaling only 160 yards in a 13-7 loss at Baltimore in Week 1.
Veteran running back Matt Forte, who rushed for 96 yards in a 23-22 loss to Cincinnati, looks like he’ll give the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a solid infantry diversion after Chris Ivory left in free agency.
Sheldon Richardson returns from suspension to further strengthen the Jets’ defensive line.
The Gold Sheet pick: Jets, 23-16
Las Vegas handicapper Bruce Marshall is editor of The Gold Sheet (Goldsheet.com).