It was supposed to be the turning of the page on the history of the New York Jets to a new and more successful chapter. And when you look at the way the Jets won, with an overtime punt return for a touchdown, the night ended with the same level of craziness in which it began.
But in between the part between the opening kickoff and the final score, the curse of the Jets and Jets fans continue.
Aaron Rodgers, just four plays into his career as a New York Jet, tore his Achilles tendon. His season is over, and so are the Super Bowl hopes for this star-crossed fanbase.
The NFL Was All-In
A Jets resurgence led by one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league was going to be the best NFL story in years, and the league was ready.
They made the Jets the face of the offseason by featuring them on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” and they put them on the first Monday night of the season - the first of six primetime games featuring the Jets.
Now, the remaining five primetime games, beginning in Week 4 on Sunday night, will feature Zach Wilson or some other quarterback who is currently unemployed or working as a backup.
That Week 4 game is against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, and now, for the third time in three tries, a scheduled Mahomes-Rodgers matchup will not happen.
The other primetime games featuring the Jets are Week 9 against the Chargers, Week 10 at the Raiders, the first-ever Black Friday game at home against the Dolphins, and in Week 17 at the Browns.
Set your DVRs.
Green Bay Packers Lose a First-Round Pick
This isn’t the biggest of blows coming from the injury to Rodgers, but it is definitely a big deal in Green Bay. The Packers received first- and second-round picks this year and a conditional pick in 2024 that seemed like a sure thing in becoming a first-rounder. All that Rodgers needed to do was play 65% of the snaps.
That won’t happen now, so instead of having two first-round picks in 2024, the Packers will settle for two seconds. New York, which will now see its first-rounder become a higher pick than first anticipated, will get to keep it.
For the record, the two high picks the Packers got this past year were used to draft defensive end Lukas Van Ness and tight end Luke Musgrave. Van Ness got a sack in his first NFL start, and Musgrave caught two passes for 50 yards.
One Less Super Bowl Contender in AFC
With a great defense, a superstar wide receiver like Garrett Wilson, and a Hall of Fame quarterback like Rodgers, the Jets were a legitimate contender to compete for the Super Bowl. They will still be competitive, as they showed on Monday night when they beat the Bills in overtime. But a championship is out the window.
The Jets Super Bowl odds were +1800 to begin the game, and they were at +6000 the following morning, behind the Green Bay Packers.