Injuries continue to change marketplace of NFL
October 17, 2017 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
VIP Pigskin Picks | It gets repetitive after a while but again bears repeating. Injuries are the great equalizer in virtually every sport but especially in the NFL when the injury involves one of the stars of the game.
It gets repetitive after a while but again bears repeating. Injuries are the great equalizer in virtually every sport but especially in the NFL when the injury involves one of the stars of the game.
In last week’s 23-10 loss at Minnesota, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone and is likely lost for the season. Not just favored to win the NFC North but considered perhaps the favorite to win the Super Bowl the Packers have been reduced to an ordinary, if not below average, team that will struggle just to finish with a .500 record, much less make the Playoffs
Considering the surrounding talent on their rosters and the quality of their head coaches not even New England’s Tom Brady is as valuable to, or instrumental in, the success of his team. Quarterbacking chores are now in the untested hands of former UCLA QB Brett Hundley barring a trade or the signing of another QB. Could Colin Kaepernick be the answer?
The out of work QB has initiated legal proceedings accusing the league and its owners of collusion. Kap has experience and still has the talent to direct an NFL offense with both his arm and his legs. Let’s see if the initiation of legal proceedings prompts the Pack to look in his direction in an effort to save their season, make the Playoffs and take their chances in the post season.
Rodgers joins such stars as Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr and Houston defensive lineman J J Watt as players who are expected to miss the rest of the season. Injuries also wreak havoc with those of us who make futures plays on Season Win Totals or to win Division, Conference or Super Bowl titles. Often those teams that make Conference Championship Games are among the teams that have avoided key and lengthy injuries over the course of the 16 game regular season.
Through Sunday night underdogs were 11-2 ATS in Week 5, beginning with Philadelphia’s upset of Carolina last Thursday and the Giants’ stunning upset of Denver Sunday night. Nine of the underdogs won outright including 2 of 3 double digit dogs (Miami and the Giants). The only favorites to win and cover were Houston (over Cleveland) and New Orleans (over Detroit).
Only two teams have their Byes this week, Detroit and Houston.
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Washington +4.5 at Philly (48.5): The stats are very similar across the board which makes taking the points look attractive. And if this line happens to rise to 6 that may be a prudent course of action. But the preferred play early is to expect a high scoring game. Both QBs, Carson Wentz of Philly and Washington’s Kirk Cousins, have been effective at leading their respective offenses. OVER