Week 1 of the NFL kicked off with Thursday Night Football and continues on Sunday with 13 games, while two will be played on Monday.
As is the same every year, injuries can prove to be detrimental to teams and can influence the point spreads.
One example is Cam Newton the Carolina Panthers dual threat quarterback. On Thursday, Ron Rivera his coach said Newton would be a game time decision against Tampa Bay due to a rib problem.
Newton admitted himself he is human would prefer not to put the team in jeopardy if he cannot move as effectively as he normally can.
Close to the same time that happened, the spread dropped from -3 for Carolina to -1 for Tampa Bay.
There is good chance that Newton could miss the game and likely, the spread will drop even more over the next 24 hours.
Most observers feel Newton will play, but everyone knows he will not be 100% and has not done much work with his receivers.
This matchup said officials at Bovada and topbet is one-sided. The public is all over Carolina, while the professionals are on Tampa Bay.
More tickets said sportsbook.com and betonline are on Carolina, but over 90% of the money is with the Bucs.
Derek Anderson would replace Newton if Newton cannot go. However, Anderson has not started an NFL game in 4 seasons.
On Thursday, Tom Brady did not practice for New England. Brady is nursing an injured calf, but is expected to play in Miami on Sunday.
If there were a good chance Brady would miss the game, the current line of -4.5 for New England would instantly go to Miami laying about 2.5 points. The Patriots backup quarterback has yet to play a down in an NFL regular season game and that is why the line would move so much if Brady went down.
Another question mark for New England is tight end Rob Gronkowski. The tight end did not play a single down during the preseason. He is coming of two tore knee ligaments. Most observers are confident Gronk will play but he will play a set number of plays.
Most feel he will be only 50% of his normal self, but that is much better than a possible replacement.
Andre Ellington a running back for the Arizona Cardinals received a new injury on Thursday. He has a foot problem. That could spell trouble, as he is the team’s feature back this season, with him expected to get about 20 touches per game.
If Ellington is anything short of 100% the creativity in play calling by the Arizona coaching staff will be restricted.
The best thing to do is check out the latest injuries reports just prior to the kickoffs so a better determination can be made on where to place your wager.