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Aaron Rodgers COVID News Triggers Massive Odds Movement For Packers-Chiefs

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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Packers game Sunday against Patrick Mahomes II and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The game was briefly taken off the board across betting sites and sportsbooks after news of Rodgers’ situation was first reported by NFL Network.

Green Bay was a 1-point road underdog at PointsBet (-105) and was -105 at BetMGM on the moneyline before the Rodgers news broke. NFL odds had the Chiefs at -114 and the total stood at 54.5 points.

Without Rodgers, the Packers slid to +8 points and +280 at DraftKings. The Chiefs are -365. The total has slid to 49 points on betting apps. Rodgers remains at +1100 to repeat as NFL MVP at WynnBET.

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QB Jordan Love will be making his first NFL start for the Packers. The selection of Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft caused a rift between Rodgers and the Packers front office, which boiled over into a stand-off of sorts this offseason.

Rodgers is reportedly not vaccinated and therefore will miss a minimum of 10 days, even if he shows no symptoms of COVID-19. In August, Rodgers said he was “immunized” against the virus, but has never said outright he was vaccinated. According to NFL rules, any player who is not vaccinated must miss 10 days before he can return. The earliest Rodgers can return is Saturday, Nov. 13, a day before the Packers are scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks in Green Bay.

This game vs. the Chiefs was billed as a potential Super Bowl 56 preview.

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The Packers are 7-1 overall and against the spread. They are coming off an upset win against previously unbeaten Arizona. Green Bay won that game without top receiver Davante Adams. But the Packers running game – specifically Aaron Jones – decimated the Cardinals front seven. Rodgers threw a pair of TD passes against Arizona. Overall, Rodgers has completed 67.1% of his pass attempts for 1,894 yards, 17 TDs and just 3 picks.

But the Chiefs – who were preseason favorites to return to the Super Bowl for the third straight season - are 4-4 and sit in the basement of the AFC West alongside the Denver Broncos. Kansas City barely escaped its game at home against the New York Giants on Monday, winning 20-17 but failing to cover for the 15th time in its past 19 games. The Chiefs are 2-6 ATS at NFL betting sites this season.

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Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.
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