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Sunday Setup: NFL Betting Board

Throughout the week, NFL coaches keep their fingers crossed that they’ll have their injured key players ready to go when Sunday rolls around. Near the end of the week, it becomes clearer how realistic or unrealistic those hopes are.

Here are some key injury updates from late in the week heading into Week 8’s action.

A.J. Feeley to start in place of Sam Bradford again

As if St. Louis didn’t have enough going against them, sitting at 0-6 both SU and ATS and coming off of a 34-7 loss playing against a New Orleans team that just won 62-7, they got more bad news on Friday when Sam Bradford was ruled out with an ankle injury. The hapless Rams are a 14-point underdog at home at TopBet. St. Louis did cover as a 14-point home underdog against New Orleans in 2009 in a 28-23 loss.

Andre Johnson out for fourth straight game

Matt Schaub will be without his favorite weapon once again Sunday as Andre Johnson was ruled out Friday with a hamstring injury. Houston is a substantial 10-point favorite at home against Jacksonville this week, but the Jaguars are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games against Houston and just beat Baltimore outright as a 10-point underdog last week. Houston is 1-2 SU and ATS without Johnson.

Tarvaris Jackson likely to return Sunday

Tarvaris Jackson isn’t going to be mistaken for an elite quarterback, but Seattle will still be thrilled to have him back after last week’s embarrassing display on offense. The Seahawks managed just three points in a 6-3 loss to Cleveland in which Charlie Whitehurst was 12-for-30 with just 97 passing yards and an interception. Seattle is a 1.5-point underdog at home hosting Cincinnati at BetOnline.

Detroit most popular pick on the board

Even with Jahvid Best out with a concussion and Matthew Stafford still questionable with an ankle injury, Detroit was surprisingly the most popular ATS pick among all of the OddsShark matchup reports receiving 70.3% of the vote on the road over Denver. Still, there must be some Tebow believers out there; after opening as a 3-point underdog, Denver is now a pick’em at 5Dimes.

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