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Injuries affect NFL win total odds

All those NFL bettors who picked the Bills to win more than eight games or to challenge for the AFC East should take heed.

Marshawn Lynch, the dynamic RB and zing to newly acquired Terrell Owens’ zang, will miss the first three games of the season for violating the league’s new behavior rules. (Dude was caught with a gun back in February).

It blunts some of the NFL win total odds that had the Bills between 8 and 9. However, after the Lynch ruling – and knowing backups Dominic Rhodes and Fred Taylor will carry the early-season load – the number dropped to 7.5 at Bovada .

It was one of several headlines that affected NFL odds just ahead of the start of Hall of Fame Weekend. That kicks off the NFL preseason wagering season, a time of profit for NFL fans.

Philadelphia had been favored to win 10 or more games, but that number was trimmed down during the Jeremy Maclin holdout and the season-ending injury to MLB Stewart Bradley. The win total odds for betting the Eagles sits at 10, high considering the tough NFC East and nasty schedule.

And the Minnesota Vikings – Super Bowl contenders according to some NFL betting observers – moved down to 9.5 (with the juice favoring the UNDER at Bovada with the injury to QB Tarvaris Jackson. Not that Jackson is the second coming of Fran Tarkenton, but he knows the offense and was favored to win the starting spot in Minny.

In case you were wondering (or wanted to get an NFL win total wager down on the Pats or Lions), New England owns the highest wagering total at 12. And the Lions, winless in 2008, sit at 4.5.

Looking toward Sunday and the first NFL wagering event of the year, Buffalo tangles with Tennessee in the Hall of Fame Game. Of note for preseason NFL trends, the Bills have played eight straight road UNDERs while the Titans, with Vince Young working his way back to shape, are 3-0 SU and ATS the past three preseason meetings with Buffalo.
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