Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow, suffered a wrist injury during a game against the Baltimore Ravens, which will rule him out for the remainder of the regular NFL season. This has had a particularly marked effect on the team’s Super Bowl odds, which plummeted from +1400 to +10000 following news of Burrow’s injury.
Burrow had to leave the game in the second quarter due to his injury, with backup quarterback Jake Browning taking over for the remainder of the game. The Bengals ultimately lost 34-20 to the Ravens. An MRI revealed torn ligaments in Burrow’s right wrist, and it was announced that he would be out for the rest of the season. However, it is still unclear whether he could rejoin the team if they make the playoffs.
The Bengals’ 5-5 season record currently places them in last place in the AFC North division, whereas the Ravens have climbed to first place with an 8-3 record.
In the wake of this, oddsmakers have adjusted the Bengals’ futures, with their Super Bowl odds dropping to +10000 and their odds of winning the AFC Championship settling at +5000. This places them as long shots to win their division at +4500 odds.
It is not the first time that Burrow has had to battle through injury, as he also suffered a calf injury before the start of the season, which hampered his performance in the initial games of the season. This latest wrist injury raises questions, as Burrow was observed wearing a soft cast on his wrist before the game against the Ravens, although this was not reported in the official injury report for the game.
With Burrow now out for the season, backup quarterback Jake Browning will take the reins for the rest of the season. Browning’s journey in the NFL has seen him go from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in 2019 and 2020 to backing up Burrow and now finally stepping into the starting role for the Bengals.
The loss of their starting quarterback, perhaps more crucially than their chances this season, has led to a significant shift in the team’s future prospects and betting odds. Whether the Bengals can adapt to this new challenge remains to be seen, but it will undoubtedly be a challenging situation to navigate.