Four plays in and, just like that, the New York Jets’ season of hope, anticipation, expectations and excitement was lost.
Aaron Rodgers suffered a sudden and devastating injury in the first quarter Monday night in what turned out to be an electrifying 22-16 overtime home victory by the Jets over their in-state and AFC East rival, the Buffalo Bills. Several news organizations have cited sources confirming the Rodgers suffered an Achilles tear and will be lost for the season. But is the season lost for the Jets?
EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York gambling - has released hypothetical odds of who will be the starting quarterback for the rest of the 2023-24 season for the Jets. The possibilities include an obvious one on the roster, current free agents and signal callers who could be acquired through trade.
Who Will Be Jets’ Starting QB?
Here is the list of hypothetical odds for the man who will step into Rodgers’ shoes. You can see the Jets’ Super Bowl odds all season on this site.
It Is Wilson's Job to Lose
Backup quarterback Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, compiled an 8-14 record in the last two seasons starting for Jets. New York betting apps are setting odds assuming he will start. Wilson is the prohibitive favorite on our board at -300 (75%). Wilson played admirably in Monday’s win, completing 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Free agent Joe Flacco, who played in 12 games over the last three seasons with the Jets, is listed at +1500 (6.2%). Last season, Flacco played in five games. He completed 110 of 191 passes (57.6%) for 1,051 yards, five TDs and three INTs.
Next up are a pair of former teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles. Both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are free agents we list at +4000 (2.4%). Wentz played last season in Washington and Foles was with Indianapolis.
Wentz and Foles are followed by New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Jameis Winston at +7000 (1.4%). Following Winston is a three-way tie of Carolina Panthers backup Andy Dalton, free agent Colt McCoy and Detroit Lions backup Teddy Bridgewater. All are +9000 (1.1%). Bridgewater signed a one-year contract with the Jets in 2018, but never played in a regular season game, before eventually being traded to the Saints. The “Other” choice is at +800 (11.1%).
Practice squad quarterback Tim Boyle, a five-year veteran from Eastern Kentucky who was Rodgers' backup in Green Bay (2019, 2020), likely will be added to the active roster and be the Jets backup. Boyle has familiarity with Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Back in May, NFL clubs approved a rule that permits each team to dress a 49th player as its emergency third quarterback.
What’s next for the Jets? A trip to play the 1-0 Dallas Cowboys Sunday (CBS, 4:25). BetMGM New York, as of 1 p.m., listed the Jets as a 9.5-point and +350 moneyline underdog. The injury to Rodgers dropped the Jets’ Super Bowl odds at BetMGM from +2500 to +5000.