Fallen QB's becoming trend in NFL
October 24, 2017 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
Pigskin Picks | Key injuries, especially to quarterbacks, are one of the main stories to come our of this past weekend as Arizona’s Carson Palmer and Miami’s Jay Cutler both left their respective games with injuries that are expected to keep them sidelined for some time.
Key injuries, especially to quarterbacks, are one of the main stories to come our of this past weekend as Arizona’s Carson Palmer and Miami’s Jay Cutler both left their respective games with injuries that are expected to keep them sidelined for some time.
Palmer’s injury, sustained in their London loss to the LA Rams, was a broken left arm and he will be sidelined for at least 8 weeks and perhaps the balance of the season if the Cardinals are out of Playoff contention when he would be cleared to return. Cutler left Miami’s game against the Jets with what was described as a chest injury which later turned to speculation cracked ribs were involved.
On the field the most noteworthy attention grabber was not one, not two but three shutouts. Headed into Monday night’s game between Washington and Philadelphia the Jaguars had shut out Indianapolis 27-0, the Rams had shut out Arizona 33-0 and the LA Chargers had shut out Denver 21-0.
Four other teams were held to single digits as Carolina managed only a FG in its loss at Chicago, both the New York Giants and Atlanta were held to just 7 points in respective losses to Seattle and New England and Cleveland remained winless at 0-9 after scoring just 9 points in a home loss to Tennessee.
Interestingly, through Sunday, there have been 52 OVERs and 52 UNDERs this season in addition to 1 PUSH. Average total points per game has been 43.6 with an average score of 27.5 to 16.1.
This past week, through Sunday, Home Favorites were a perfect 5-0 SU and 3-0-1 ATS with Pittsburgh, Minnesota and New England all winning and covering and both Buffalo and Miami winning by the FG by which each was favored. 8 teams were favored on the road and those teams went 5-3 SU but just 4-4 ATS (Denver closed a 1 point favorite at the LA Chargers).
For the season Home Favorites are just 26-35-3 ATS while Home Underdogs are 21-16 ATS. The lone Home Pick ‘em won its game. These results do not include the 3 games played in London in which the favored teams are 2-1 both SU and ATS.
It is worth noting that with another game in London this week the final scores of the 3 prior London games this season were 44-7, 20-0 and 33-0.
Six teams have Byes this week. Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, the L A Rams, the N Y Giants and Tennessee will be on the sidelines.
Here are previews of the 13 games that comprise the Week 8 schedule.
Miami +3.5 at Baltimore (37.5): In matchups such as this, between a pair of flawed but evenly matched teams, it is easiest to make a case for an underdog getting more than a FG. The Ravens are 1-2 at home, having defeated lonely Cleveland before losing to both Pittsburgh and Chicago. Miami has road wins at the Chargers and two weeks ago at Atlanta. Despite the short week the preference is still to look at the underdog. MIAMI