NFL Week 4 Betting: Injury Updates
The annual NFL International Series match at Wembley Stadium in London is this Sunday, when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will both be looking for their first win of the season. The Vikings will be without starting quarterback Christian Ponder, after he sustained a fractured rib in last weekend's 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Matt Cassel will step in for Ponder, starting for the first time since last season at Kansas City where he threw for six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games for the 2-14 Chiefs. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said the decision was made with his team's bye week coming up, allowing Ponder more time to recuperate. The Steelers are currently -1.5 at Bovada.
On the other side of the ledger, the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins are both looking to avoid their first loss. And for the Saints, the Big Easy might have gotten a bit easier with the news Miami's top pass rusher Cameron Wake is nursing a knee injury, and No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan might be seeing his most extensive action of the season in this game. That benefits Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for 319 yards, passed for three touchdowns, and ran for another in a 31-7 rout of Arizona. The Saints are 7-point favorites.
In Oakland, the Washington Redskins will be out for their first win while there are still questions circulating about Robert Griffin III, whose return from reconstructive surgery on his right knee has played a role in his diminished role on offense. RGIII is clearly not the dynamic player he was as a rookie. While he has thrown for more than 300 yards in each game, the Redskins have played from behind for the most part and he's rushed for a mere 62 yards after gaining 815 yards on the ground as last year's top offensive rookie.
As for the Raiders, Matt Flynn may get his chance to start, as Terrelle Pryor missed much of the practice week recovering from a concussion suffered Monday night in Denver. Washington is laying -3.5 to the Raiders.