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NFL Betting Setup: Injury Updates

Only two weeks of the NFL's regular season remain, and injury reports become particularly tricky this time of year as teams battling for playoff positioning must decide whether to protect injured players from further injury or play them in hopes of earning a higher seed.

Here are the most recent injury updates for this week, as well as some NFL weather updates.

Ben Roethlisberger a game-time decision against St. Louis

With Ben Roethlisberger hobbled with an ankle injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided that they will wait as long as possible to decide on whether or not their quarterback will play. Pittsburgh has already clinched a playoff spot, but can also still win the AFC North if Baltimore loses a game. Some believe that Pittsburgh can beat St. Louis without Roethlisberger, which may lead the team to decide to rest him. If Roethlisberger doesn’t go, Charlie Batch will start in his place. Pittsburgh is a 17-point favorite at 5Dimes.

Anquan Boldin out two games with knee injury

Baltimore’s offense took a hit for the remainder of the regular season as Anquan Boldin has been ruled out for the last two games of the season with a knee injury. Boldin is the team’s leading receiver with 57 catches and 887 receiving yards. Boldin’s absence may be more substantial next week at Cincinnati than it will be this week at home against Cleveland; Baltimore is 7-0 SU and 4-2-1 ATS at home. The Ravens are a 13-point favorite at Bovada.

John Skelton will start at Cincinnati

Kevin Kolb will miss this week’s game against Cincinnati with the same concussion that prevented him from playing in last week’s game against Cleveland. Skelton has been a reliable backup for Arizona this season as the Cardinals are 5-1 SU in the six games that he has played in this season. Overall, Arizona has won four straight and six of their last seven SU with a 6-2 ATS record over their last eight games. Arizona is a 4.5-point road underdog at TopBet.

Chance of snow in New England and Buffalo

Weather reports indicate that there is a chance of light snow in both this week’s Denver at Buffalo game and Miami at New England game. The snow shouldn’t bother Denver as the Broncos are also a cold-weather team, and Miami showed it didn’t mind the cold in a 30-23 win in the snow last week over Buffalo. Still, it is always important to factor potential snow into your handicapping. Buffalo is a 2.5-point underdog and New England is a 9.5-point favorite, both at BetOnline.

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