QB Zach Wilson out 2-4 weeks; no more betting on New York Jets

Not that you were considering doing so, but here’s another reason not to bet the New York Jets once again in 2022: A non-contact injury suffered by QB Zach Wilson in the first quarter (of course!) of the Jets’ first preseason game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week – of a minor sort, we’re assured – and officially, the Jets front office has stated that Wilson is “expected back in 2 to 4 weeks,” allowing for the possibility of Wilson’s return in time to start against the Baltimore Ravens in New York for opening day there. Now, NFLbets doesn’t employ medical staff but just by gut feeling under one month of out time seems wildly optimistic, almost as though Jets marketing was trying to sell fans on a winning team…

And of course, as many a non-expert has contributed, the second-year quarterback will need some time to get up to spec, all upside potential and work ethic aside. What was already looking like a fourth-place AFC East team drafting in the top 8 in 2023 may now be justified in entering tanking mode by, likesay, mid-October.

The current odds – get in before they balloon further – on the 2022 New York Jets season read thusly:

Jets to win Super Bowl LVII: 125/1
To win AFC: 75/1
To win AFC East: 25/1
To miss playoffs: -1400
Over/under total wins: 6
Week 1 line: Baltimore Ravens -7 at New York

NFLbets can’t unequivocally dismiss the Jets’ competitiveness in 2022 based on this one injury, but right now it certainly does feel like just another indignity for the franchise that has gone the longest since its last Super Bowl appearance (in second in the “distinction” is the Minnesota Vikings, with a “run” eight years shorter than that of the Jets). Naturally, we’ll have to wait and see how Wilson’s necessarily slow start ripples through betting markets this season, but NFLbets is thinking the Jets are set for their turn on Hard Knocks: Training Camp…

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