Aaron Rodgers leaves Bills vs. Jets Monday Night Football game with Achilles injury
On Monday, September 11th, there was a new sense of hope inside MetLife Stadium. Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers was all set to make his first start for the New York Jets, and fans and bettors were looking forward to seeing how they’d stack up against the Buffalo Bills. But things took a turn for the worse immediately. On the team’s first offensive drive, Rodgers was sacked by Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd. The 39-year-old’s leg got caught underneath the defender, and Rodgers was ultimately carted off with what the Jets were calling an ankle injury. However, many quickly speculated that Rodgers really hurt his Achilles.
After the game, head coach Robert Saleh said that the Jets were waiting for an MRI to confirm that Rodgers did, in fact, rupture his Achilles. On Tuesday, the Jets got their confirmation: Rodgers suffered a full tear of his Achilles and will miss the remainder of the season.
For what it's worth, the game did end up being exciting and New York got a much-deserved happy ending. The Jets were trailing 13-3 at halftime, but they ended up having a 16-13 lead late in the fourth quarter. Josh Allen and the Bills quickly marched down the field to tie it up at 16-16 to send the game to overtime. The Bills then got the ball first in the extra session, but the Jets defense was able to force a three and out. Then, something incredible happened. The Bills punted the ball to undrafted free agent Xavier Gipson, one of the unlikely stars of HBO's Hard Knocks, and the 22-year-old took it all the way to the house for a walk-off 22-16 win.
The Jets were set to be 3.5-point underdogs in their Week 2 meeting with the Dallas Cowboys before the Rodgers injury occurred. New York is now getting 9.5 points in that game. And despite picking up a Week 1 win, the Jets regular season win total is down from 9.5 to 8.5 — and you need to pay a significant premium for the Under. New York is also up to +6000 to win the Super Bowl. The Jets were +1800 heading into Week 1.
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