Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Nick Foles.
- Nick Foles broke his clavicle in the Jaguars' loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
- This has led to significant adjustments to the Jaguars vs. Texans Week 2 line, as well as Jacksonville's Super Bowl odds.
Nick Foles’ Jaguars debut came to a swift end on Sunday after suffering a broken clavicle on a first-quarter touchdown pass to DJ Chark. No, it was not the throw itself that led to the injury, but the hit that came right after he released the ball.
With Foles set to miss an extended period of time, it’s time for the Gardner Minshew show. Minshew actually played quite well against the Chiefs, completing 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Despite Minshew’s performance, oddsmakers have significantly adjusted the line for the Week 2 divisional showdown between the Jaguars and Texans.
Before the season began, one Vegas oddsmaker pegged Foles as being worth three points to the spread. However, after opening at +3 on Westgate’s Week 2 lookahead line, the Jaguars have reopened at +9.5 for Sunday’s game in Houston.
Is Nick Foles a 6.5-point quarterback? I guess that’s up for the bettors to decide.
There are certainly other factors in this equation, too such as Jacksonville allowing 40 points on defense. We’ve also yet to see Houston play, and I imagine the outcome of Monday night’s Texans vs. Saints game will lead to more line adjustments.
Foles’ injury severely hurts the Jaguars’ chances at taking home what was a relatively wide-open AFC South following Andrew Luck’s retirement.
The Jags entered the season at 25-1 to win the Super Bowl and are now down to 100-1.