Geno Smith is down for likely two months but the New York Jets odds to make the Super Bowl are likely to be up and better than they were earlier today, at least so says Las Vegas.
The news that Smith was sucker-punched by teammate IK Enempkali before Tuesday's training camp practice rocked the Jets locker room for all the wrong reasons. But since veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely to start, it appears that the gambling world thinks the Jets odds to win have actually improved. Smith is slated to miss up to 10 weeks as the fallout from the punch will require jaw surgery.
As of July, gambling website Bovada.LV had the Jets at 50:1 odds to win the Super Bowl, alongside teams such as the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers.
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Now the Jets odds for the season are off the board as the bookmakers adjust but they might actually be improved with Fitzpatrick and not Smith under center.
“With the Geno Smith news, our 'Season Win Total' for the Jets is currently down until we re-calculate it,” said Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager for Bovada. “As far as Super Bowl, conference or division odds, they will likely improve if anything with Smith out."
Apparently, the bookmakers didn't exactly like Smith leading this team this year. Talk about insult to injury.