The headline says it all. The New York Jets are going to face severe adversity this year as one Vegas sportsbook (Westgate SuperBook) has reportedly given the team a 1,000-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl. The report gives the Jets the longest preseason odds ever seen before, according to Rich Cimini and some Vegas odds makers.
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The Jets, who continue to have questions circulating their team as a whole, are thought of as a team attempting to tank. The team’s off season/continual fire sale of quality players speaks to both notions of tanking, and Vegas’ odds.
According to Cimini, last season both the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers came into Week 1 with the lowest odds at winning the Super Bowl (200-1). The Jets now stand far apart at the bottom of the league’s barrel.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 5, 2017
While most do not expect the Jets to contend this year, their chances at some other season milestones may soften the blow that Vegas has reported:
- Jets current odds to win AFC East: 200-1
- Jets current odds to reach playoffs: 40-1
The Jets will reportedly be 8 point underdogs when they open the season at Buffalo on Sunday, according to Cimini. Things will likely get worse as they move on to play Oakland in Week 2.
It will be interesting to see how many (if any) games the Jets win this season. The Jets are projected to be 10 point underdogs against Cleveland in Week 5, the first time since 2007 that the Browns will have a double-digit odds advantage.
Much of the Gang Green media however, has seemed to move their focus onto which quarterback the Jets will take at the top of the draft.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and USC quarterback Sam Darnold are two names that have been engulfed in Jets’ talk lately. Both quarterbacks had an up-and-down opening week in College Football.