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Jets’ Super Bowl odds vault among favorites as Rodgers commits to New York

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The California kid turned Wisconsin Cheesehead is now coming to the Big Apple.

The longtime Packers quarterback said Wednesday that his “intention” is to play for the Jets in 2023, which comes after an extended courtship between the two sides that appeared to be heading toward an inevitable marriage in the early days of NFL free agency.

Even without an official trade on the books, the news immediately prompted oddsmakers at BetMGM to shorten New York’s odds to 14/1 to win the Super Bowl – its shortest title price since dealing at 12/1 during the Rex Ryan era entering the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Zach Wilson and Aaron Rodgers have had a meaningful relationship together.
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Now Rodgers will be charged with carrying the Jets to their first Super Bowl since 1968 – something his predecessor Brett Favre failed to do in his own one-year stint with this franchise in 2008.

Rodgers’ divorce with Green Bay had long been expected but never confirmed, so his declaration on Wednesday served as a final push in the betting market.

Shockingly, the Jets sit behind just five teams – the Chiefs (+550), Bills (+850), Bengals (+900), Eagles (+900) and 49ers (+900) – on the Super Bowl oddsboard.

New York had already seen its title price move dramatically since opening at 25/1 at BetMGM in February, with some Rodgers speculation already baked into those odds.

The first indication of a potential Rodgers coup for the Jets came in January when they hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for the same role in New York.

This prompted a swift movement in the team’s title, odds among the few books with odds available.

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Aaron Rodgers knows that the Jets defense is very strong
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PointsBet opened their odds on the Jets at 40/1, they told The Post on Wednesday.

One bettor is sitting on a $500 bet that would win $20,500 if the Rodgers and Jets experiment ends up coming up aces with a Lombardi Trophy.

After news broke of Rodgers’ meeting last week with high-ranking Jets officials – a contingent that included owner Woody Johnson – sportsbooks weathered a 24-hour betting flurry that saw New York’s title odds slashed as low as 16/1 at most books, including Caesars.

By last Wednesday, the Jets were the most-bet team to win the Super Bowl at FanDuel and PointsBet.

PointsBet in particular, was hammered with Jets supporters leading to the most handle (money bet) and highest percentages of bets in the NFL.

The Jets are your Super Bowl darlings that could win some people boat-loads of money as the season draws closer.

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The Jets ranked fifth in defensive DVOA last year, when they tied their most wins (7) in any season since 2015.

Yet they finished 26th in offensive DVOA, posting a bottom-10 mark in passing DVOA with the league’s fourth-highest variance on that side of the ball.

Clearly, New York is hoping for some stability under center with Rodgers, who had his worst year as a starter in 2022 but is just two years removed from winning back-to-back MVP awards.

He’s currently 16/1 at BetMGM to win his fifth MVP award in 2023, tied with Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson for the eighth-shortest odds on the board.

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