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- On Wednesday, Packers Head Coach Joe Philbin wouldn't confirm whether Aaron Rodgers (groin) will play against the Jets (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX).
- The latest news has motivated sportsbooks to take the Packers-Jets Week 16 game off the board.
- With Rodgers being worth between 6 and 7.5 points to the spread, the Jets could become more than 3-point favorites if Rodgers sits.
The Packers-Jets game shouldn’t be interesting considering the two teams’ records at this point, yet it has been the craziest one from a betting perspective so far this week.
Early betting action suggested Aaron Rodgers may be rested. Oddsmakers left the game on the board, though, as it was all just speculation.
However, the latest news has forced oddsmakers to take the game off the board entirely.
Talk about dancing around a question.
With Rodgers now dealing with a groin problem, it could be injury rather than rest that keeps him out. At least it would give the Packers a good excuse not to play the 35-year-old quarterback.
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If he can’t play, DeShone Kizer would likely get the start. The former Cleveland Brown had a 60.5 passer rating in 15 starts last season and went 4-7 for 55 yards and an interception in the Week 1 against the Bears.
Rodgers is seen as perhaps the most valuable player to the spread in the NFL, worth between 6 and 7.5 points. He’s in the top tier along with Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.
The line originally opened at GB -3.5, but dropped to a pick’em. If Rodgers is ruled out, the Jets could reach -3 and possibly higher depending on how the public reacts to the news.