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Rodgers Done for the Season – Jet Futures Tank
The New York Jets suffered a big blow toward their Super Bowl chances this season after newly acquired future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Monday night’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
The good news for the Jets is that they came from behind to win in overtime after undrafted rookie kick returner Xavier Gipson returned a punt 65 yards for the walk-off victory.
Because Rodgers’ injury puts him out for the season, New York gets back its first-round draft pick from the Green Bay Packers as per the terms of the trade. If Rodgers had played 65% of the Jets’ offensive snaps this season, the Packers would have retained that first-round pick, which now becomes a second-rounder.
Jets Super Bowl Odds Before Rodgers’ Injury
Team futures odds at sportsbooks before Week 1 of the 2023 regular season had the Jets at -130 to make the playoffs and third place in the odds to win the AFC East division behind the Bills and the Miami Dolphins at +270. Rodgers also entered the preseason as one of the favorites to win the league MVP award at +1600 odds. New York was one of the top ten favorite teams in the preseason, with +1600 odds to win the Super Bowl.
The Latest Jets Super Bowl Odds
The Jets are still third in AFC East futures odds at +600 on betting apps, but the loss of Rodgers has had more of an impact on the team's chances than losing had on odds for the Bengals, Bills, and Chiefs, which barely changed following their Week 1 deficient performances. It makes perfect sense now that the Jets are less of a threat to the AFC powerhouses. However, if the defense performs as it did against the Bills on Monday night, New York could still contend for a berth in the AFC Wild Card round.
The odds for the Jets to make the playoffs have increased to +215, with the odds of winning the AFC championship now at +3000, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers. New York’s odds to win the Super Bowl are currently tied for 16th in the league at +6000, with the Seattle Seahawks sharing the spot.
Are the Jets still a good bet?
The Jets were looking to improve on their seven-win season from 2022 and were one of the most-hyped teams in the preseason. While most fans were still thinking about Rodgers’ injury, they may have failed to notice that 2021 number-two draft pick Zach Wilson played arole in the team’s comeback victory against Buffalo after trailing by ten points at halftime.
If Wilson can use the teachings of Rodgers, a storyline highlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks this season, the Jets should have a productive year in 2023. The Jets’ playoff odds now look like an even better value at +215 than their -280 odds of missing the postseason. If New York does make the playoffs, there are also attractive odds at +500 for them to lose in the Wild Card round.