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NFL Injury Roundup: Week 12 Betting

Just one week after losing Matt Cassel and Matt Schaub for the rest of the season, there were more major injuries around the NFL last week including Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Buffalo’s Fred Jackson.

Jay Cutler is expected to miss at least 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb he sustained in a win last week over San Diego. Currently holding a 7-3 record, the Bears will try and hold on to their playoff spot moving forward with backup quarterback Caleb Hanie. The Bears are a 4-point underdog on the road at Oakland this Sunday at 5Dimes.

The Buffalo Bills have lost three straight games by double-digits, and now they’ve also lost their best offensive player for the rest of the season with running back Fred Jackson breaking a bone in his lower right leg. Jackson was enjoying a breakout season and is currently third in the NFL in rushing yards with 934. Without Jackson and in the midst of a tailspin, Buffalo is a large 9-point underdog on the road against the New York Jets at BetOnline.

Another top-six running back also went down last week in Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who left last week’s game against Oakland with an ankle injury. Peterson is currently considered doubtful for Sunday’s game on the road against Atlanta. Minnesota is a 9.5-point underdog at Bovada in that one.

Houston will start its first game of the season without Matt Schaub (foot), who will be out for the rest of the year. Matt Leinart will be Houston’s quarterback moving forward, and Andre Johnson (hamstring) is finally set to return this Sunday at Jacksonville after missing the last six games. Houston is a 3.5-point favorite at TopBet.

Kansas City claimed quarterback Kyle Orton off of waivers Wednesday to fill in for the injured  Cassel (hand). Tyler Palko’s performance against New England was a disaster with three interceptions and no touchdowns. It is unclear whether Orton will start this week against Pittsburgh, but the Chiefs are an 11-point home underdog at Bovada .

Michael Vick is currently considered questionable for this week’s home game against New England. Last week, Philadelphia beat the New York Giants on the road with backup Vince Young starting. Philadelphia is a 3-point underdog at BetOnline.