Right now, the New York Jets are the NFL team everyone is talking about. As they pursue Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Jets fans hope their team successfully signs the future Hall of Famer.
Another group interested in where Rodgers goes is sports bettors. When it comes to sports gambling, everyone wants to gain an edge, and at 30/1 odds to win Super Bowl LVIII, gamblers are taking their chances on the Jets hoping that Rodgers heads there.
Obviously, as more money comes in for the Jets, their odds will go down, and it has. But in a report from Caesars Sportsbook, Caesars revealed just how popular the Jets are for gamblers right now.
Since the news broke that the Jets were reportedly having conversations with Rodgers and that the two sides met in California, 52% of tickets and 60.9% of the handle have been on the Jets. That means people have bet more money on the Jets over the past day or so than all the other 31 teams combined.
The Jets maintained their status as the fourth-highest team in tickets and handle, but the Jets moved up from 6.4% of tickets to 7.7% and 7.7% of the handle to 9.2%.
That shift has an effect, and Jets odds have gone from 30/1 to 20/1. That moves the Jets past the Chargers, Jaguars, and Ravens to become the seventh favorite.
This didn’t necessarily mean Caesars suddenly got more confident the Jets will win the Super Bowl. They’re just reacting to the money coming in. Sportsbooks are trying to mitigate risk, and when many people bet on one team at the same time, they’re going to lower the odds for that team regardless of who is quarterback. We’ll wait and see where Rodgers plays in 2023.