NFL Betting: Key Week 2 Injuries
Realistically, the Green Bay Packers were supposed to get thumped by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, while the Washington Redskins were supposed to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.
Both come into their showdown this Sunday with losses still stinging, and looking to avoid a disappointing 0-2 start to the 2013 season.
And though their showdown is in Green Bay, and the Packers are laying 7 at Bovada, they may be vulnerable to a live underdog due to a key injury.
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As bad as the Packers' secondary played without Morgan Burnett in their season-opening loss to San Francisco, things could get worse without him this Sunday against a revved up Redskins offense led by Robert Griffin III. Burnett is questionable for Green Bay's home opener against the Washington Redskins.
Though he practiced with the team on Friday, it was limited for the third straight day, and the coaches aren't sure if Burnett will be cleared to play after having a setback with a hamstring injury last week.
In the Minnesota-Chicago clash, which has the Bears favored by 6 at Bovada, the Vikings are hoping they'll get defensive captain Kevin Williams back on the field. He missed the opener against Detroit with an injured right knee, and it was evident the Vikings missed their six-time Pro Bowler in the middle of their defense.
Williams did participate in the first two practices this past week and is listed as probable on the injury report. On a side note with the Vikes, center John Sullivan practiced on a limited basis all week, nursing a knee injury due to a low block by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was fined $100,000 by the NFL for the play.
The St. Louis Rams have been receiving a lot of attention all week, mentioned by many as a potential outright underdog winner. Also at Bovada, the Rams are catching 7 in Atlanta, where they're going to need a huge defensive effort against a high-flying Falcons offense.
Rams defensive end Chris Long did not practice and coach Jeff Fisher has stated he's questionable due to hip soreness. The second overall pick in 2008 has posted double-digit sack totals the last two seasons and has played in 81 consecutive games, the third-longest streak among defensive ends.
Also from that defensive unit, cornerback Quinton Porter has been ruled out with a thigh injury, while safety Darian Stewart is doubtful.