NFL Betting: Week 9 Injury Updates
The NFL's oldest rivalry is renewed Monday night when the Bears travel to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers, and a torn groin muscle will keep Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler out of the lineup. That's not exactly how you want to approach a crucial division rivalry clash, especially with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers streaking at the moment.
Making matters worse for the Bears, who are +11 at Bovada, is they'll also be without Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, who has a small fracture in his left shoulder, while cornerback Charles Tillman has been nursing a knee injury.
Green Bay might not want to come into the game too overconfident, though, as it's been without the services of receivers Randall Cobb (leg) and James Jones (knee), tight end Jermichael Finley (neck), and linebackers Clay Matthews, Nick Perry (foot), and Brad Jones (hamstring).
Between the two, the Packers have been more resilient, as they've ridden a four-game win streak to the top of the NFC North standings. And despite being without three key targets, Rodgers looked just fine in last week's 44-31 win over Minnesota, completing 24 of 29 pass attempts for 285 yards, including two touchdowns to Jordy Nelson.
Speaking of the Vikings, they're catching +10 in Dallas, and could be without three starters in their secondary, which would be trouble against Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and the league's eighth-best passing attack. Safety Harrison Smith (toe) is out until at least mid-December, and safety Jamarca Sanford and cornerback Chris Cook may be joining him in street clothes on the sidelines. The Cowboys are also hurting in that department, as cornerback Morris Claiborne will likely miss two games with a hamstring issue, safety Barry Church is dealing with the same problem, and rookie safety J.J. Wilcox will probably miss at least one game with a knee sprain.
The Eagles' ongoing saga with quarterback Michael Vick continues, as he's been ruled out for Sunday's game in Oakland, where the Raiders are laying -3 to Philadelphia. Nick Foles will get the start this week after sitting out one game with a concussion.