Will Lamar Jackson Play vs. Packers? Betting Odds Change After Latest Injury Update
Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images. Pictured: Lamar Jackson
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that he expects Lamar Jackson to suit up for next week’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
“The plans are right now, in my mind, for Lamar to be out there,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “So, we’ll see where it goes this week. If he can go, he’ll go. If not, Tyler [Huntley] will be the quarterback. That’s where we’re at.”
Jackson suffered an ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and missed the rest of the game. Harbaugh said on Monday that Jackson avoided a high-ankle sprain, which could have kept him out for weeks.
Backup Tyler Huntley filled in for the 2018 NFL MVP and played admirably, storming a late comeback that cut the deficit from 24-3 to 24-22. But, Huntley couldn’t close and turned the ball over on downs inside the two-minute warning.
Jackson has already missed a game earlier this year due to illness, but has never missed a contest because of an injury in his career.
Harbaugh’s announcement sent the Ravens’ odds zooming.
At DraftKings, the spread dropped from +7 against the Packers to +5. At BetMGM and FanDuel, the line moved to +5.5.
Meanwhile, at PointsBet, the line plumetted from +7 to a ridiculous +2.5 before the odds were moved off the board entirely. As of Monday night, the line has not been re-posted.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, is dealing with an ailment of his own. The two-time MVP said his fractured toe worsened in a 45-30 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Rodgers still threw for 341 yards with four touchdowns and no picks in the victory, though.
Green Bay leads the league against the spread at 11-2. The Packers were whopping 12.5-point favorites against Chicago on Sunday Night Football and covered.
Baltimore is a middling 6-7 ATS this season, including a disappointing 2-5 over its last seven contests.
Should Jackson be officially confirmed the starter, expect odds to move closer to somewhere around Ravens +4.
Without Jackson, this line could blow past the key number of +10.