As the sports world continues to reel from Tom Brady’s knee injury, Las Vegas has quickly established that it does NOT have faith in Matt Cassel. Specifically, the Patriots became 2.5-point underdogs for Sunday’s game against the Jets, the first time the Pats haven’t been favored in a regular season game since 2006. Bodog‘s Sportsbook manager explained:
“There never has been one injury, so early in the season, that has affected football and a team’s chance of winning more than the Tom Brady injury… The Patriots are still favored to make the playoffs, but have fallen into being categorized as no better than the 6th or 7th best team in the AFC until Matt Cassel proves differently.”
It’s also affected odds for Super Bowl favorites. The Cowboys are now favorites at 4-1, while the Pats have fallen to 20-1, behind teams like the Packers and the Vikings (both 15-1). Because Aaron Rodgers and Tarvaris Jackson are so much more proven than Matt Cassel, no doubt.