In case you haven’t heard, Joe Burrow left last night’s game with a sprained wrist and didn’t return and it has been reported today that he is now out for the season.
With Jake Browning replacing Burrow at quarterback for the rest of the season, and the Cincinnati Bengals now 2.5 games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North and 10th in the AFC playoff standings, how badly have their betting odds to win the Super Bowl and division been affected?
Joe Burrow Injury Aftermath: Bengals Super Bowl Odds Take a Massive Hit
Even with a Week 10 loss to the Houston Texans, the Bengals appeared to be hitting their stride, as they were winners of four of their last five games before Thursday’s contest.
After starting the season 1-3 with Burrow playing through a calf injury, the Bengals were 5-4 and suddenly looking like an AFC contender and a very scary opponent in the Wild Card round.
But now with Burrow out for the season, and the Bengals sitting at 5-5 with the hardest schedule remaining, their betting odds both to win the Super Bowl and AFC North have taken a massive hit. Before last night’s game, they were +1200 to win the Super Bowl and +375 to win the division at ESPN BET. Now, they’re massive long shots at +6000 for both.
With the injury to Burrow, it appears as if the Bengals’ playoff hopes and dreams of winning a Super Bowl trophy are basically over, and the oddsmakers agree. Even if Burrow’s injury wasn’t season-ending however, their playoff odds were still relatively slim, as ESPN FPI projections had them at under 30% before this recent news. Once those are adjusted for Browning being the new starting quarterback, you would have to figure they decrease dramatically.
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