NFL Week 10 Odds: Line Movement
The statuses of two NFC North quarterbacks were behind the most significant line movements of the week.
Most expected Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to be out for at least a month with a groin injury. However, two weeks after suffering the injury Cutler has been cleared to play and should start in Sunday’s key division home game against the Lions.
When oddsmakers were expecting Cutler to sit out a second straight game, they installed the Lions as 3.5-point favorites. Reports began to surface about Cutler’s potential return early in the week. When he was cleared to play, the line dropped accordingly and could be found at a pick’em at most shops as of Friday.
Cutler is 7-2 straight-up against Detroit with the Bears, but the Lions have covered five of the last seven meetings with one push.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone also caused a shift in the point spread on the Packers’ home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rodgers is considered week-to-week. Backup QB Seneca Wallace is expected to start against the Eagles. Early lines had Green Bay favored by as much as 10 points, but once Rodgers went down against the Bears on Monday night books took the line off the board before reopening Green Bay as around a 1.5-point favorite.
The Eagles are coming off a blowout win over the Oakland Raiders. Philly QB Nick Foles threw for seven touchdowns against the Raiders.
Other line movements:
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – The Bengals opened as 2.5-point favorites, but the line has gravitated toward the home team all week. Baltimore was a 1.5-point underdog as of Friday. The Ravens are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games as home underdogs.
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers – The Bills are hoping to have rookie QB E.J. Manuel back this week as they head to Pittsburgh as field-goal underdogs. The Steelers opened as high as 5-point favorites, but the line was sitting at minus-3 as of Friday morning.