There aren’t many players who are as important to their teams in professional sports as Aaron Rodgers is to the Green Bay Packers. The native of Chico, California has become a hero in the state of Wisconsin and his thrilling play on the field year in and year out has almost certainly already booked him a ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
That’s why when Rodgers landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder in the Packers’ 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, the entire Green Bay fan base was holding its collective breath (myself included). Unfortunately, after being examined, Rodgers was immediately diagnosed with a broken right collarbone and in the blink of an eye, the Packers’ hopes and aspirations for the 2017 season seemingly left the field with him.
With the 33-year-old set to have surgery on his collarbone, there’s a very good chance he won’t see the gridiron again this year. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has voiced his support for backup quarterback Brett Hundley, and the sports betting industry is being forced to adjust as a result. Hundley struggled in place of Rodgers, throwing three interceptions against the stellar Vikings defense.
Sportsbook has released props on how Hundley will fare as the starter for the green and gold, with odds available on whether he’ll throw an interception in Week 7 as well as the total passing yards and touchdown passes he’ll end up with against the New Orleans Saints.
The shop also has set the OVER/UNDER on Packers wins for the season at 8, with the juice on the OVER option coming in at -130 and the UNDER at -110. Green Bay is +110 to make the playoffs and -150 to miss the postseason altogether. Judging by what we’ve seen in past seasons without Rodgers, expect the Pack to look like a completely different team without their leader under center.
The most interesting prop on the board is on a potential newcomer to the fold. Colin Kaepernick, who hasn’t been on an NFL roster since the San Francisco 49ers cut him after the 2016 campaign, is +700 to join the Packers. New CBS color man and Wisconsin native Tony Romo is also +700, while Eli Manning is +2000.
Brett Favre, the 48-year-old longtime Packers QB, is also available at +5000. At this point, I’d rather give Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite a call.