Jimmy Garoppolo Injury Causes Major 49ers-Chargers Point-Spread Adjustment

Sep 24, 2018 03:45 PM EDT
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  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs and will miss the rest of the 2018 NFL season.
  • With backup C.J. Beathard now under center for the 49ers, the Chargers have moved from -4.5 to -10.5 against San Francisco in Week 4.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a significant knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that has now been confirmed to be a torn ACL. It’s a devastating loss for the 49ers, who now turn the offense over to backup quarterback C.J. Beathard for the rest of the season.

Last week, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Los Angeles Chargers as 4.5-point home favorites against the Niners in Week 4 lookahead lines.

However, with Beathard now getting the start, that line has ballooned to Chargers -10.5, indicating the drop-off from Jimmy GQ to C.J. is six points to the spread.

The Action Network’s Mark Gallant sat down with CG Technology’s William Bernanke earlier this month to discuss point-spread values for the NFL’s starting quarterbacks. Garoppolo was designated as a “Tier-2 quarterback,” putting his point-spread value at 5 to 6 points over Beathard.

That’s right in line with the betting market’s current reaction to Sunday’s 49ers-Chargers game. However, it is important to remember that it’s still very early in the week, and there’s still plenty of time for more action to come in, especially from professionals, as limits continue to increase.

Those interested in Jimmy G’s true value to the spread should be sure to track where this line closes before the game’s 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

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