Injuries heading into week 9 of the NFL season could affect a number of outcomes of games and the point spreads. The past two weeks have been hard on a number of NFL teams, as the injury bug has made a number of visits to the league.
A number of players have been lost for the remainder of the season, while others will miss anywhere from 1 to 6 games or more.
Another loss that is not injury related was announced by the NFL. Justin Blackmon the talented wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season for a violation of the substance abuse policy of the NFL. Jacksonville has a bye week this week.
The Chicago Bears have been hit hard by injuries and this week have Henry Melton, Lance Briggs, Nate Collins and D.J. Williams all injured on defense.
The four players are key parts of the front seven for the Bears and all will miss this week’s game for Chicago. Collins and Melton started at defensive tackle, while Williams was the starting middle linebacker and Briggs the starting outside linebacker.
With these four sidelined, the Bears are now a mediocre at best defense, while they were one of the best in the league when the four played.
That does not bode well for them as they face Green Bay. Bettors should expect that the Packers, led by Rodgers to roll through the Bears defense with ease.
Jay Cutler the starting quarterback for the Bears is out and Josh McCown played well backing him up two weeks ago, but he is not the talent that Cutler is. This season the Chicago offense is much stronger than in years past. With McCown in the lineup, the offense should have some success due to running back Matt Forte and wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but no one including sports books such as Bovada and topbet believe they will be as effective as when Cutler played. That is reflected in the point spread in betonline, Bovada and topbet.
Atlanta continues to be without its two top receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. Jones is out for the remainder of the season while White will be a decision at game time on Sunday. However, if he does play he will be far from 100%.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis has done well the past few weeks by cannot play due to bad ribs and the flu. Therefore, either Matt Flynn or Jeff Tuel will get the start. Flynn is new to the system and Tuel is far from NFL quality quarterback, and either choice will make it hard for Buffalo to have much offense this week.
The New England Patriots have lost Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle, which will hurt both their running and passing game. Marcus Cannon will replace him but he has played center and guard for most of his short career. Look for Tom Brady to be rushed a bit more for the rest of the season.