Injuries at key positions continue to have an effect on the NFL betting board. And when it comes to quarterbacks, the Houston Texans can’t seem to catch a break - with the exception of the broken bone variety.
Filling in for Matt Schaub, who was lost for the season with a broken foot, Matt Leinart appeared to be playing well; until he was also lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Houston is now down to its third-string quarterback, moving forward with rookie T.J. Yates. Yates gets a tough first assignment this week at home against the Atlanta Falcons as Houston is a 3-point underdog at TopBet.
Ahmad Bradshaw hopes to make his return for the New York Giants this week, but he is currently considered doubtful with a foot injury. New York has lost three straight and has averaged just 65 rushing yards per game over that stretch without him. The Giants could also be without Victor Cruz (hip), who is currently considered questionable after being limited in practice Wednesday, and will be without defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle). New York is a 7.5-point underdog on the road at Green Bay at [custom:bodog-link] this Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders are also being hit hard by the injury bug as it looks like Darren McFadden (foot) will miss his fifth straight game this week. The Raiders could also be without explosive wideouts Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, who are both currently considered questionable with foot injuries. Oakland is a 3-point underdog at 5Dimes on the road this week against the fairly healthy Miami Dolphins.
Michael Vick (ribs), Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle) are all out for Philadelphia’s Thursday night road game against Seattle. After losing last week at home to New England, Philadelphia fell to 4-7 and appears to be out of playoff contention at this point. Even without the three stars, the Eagles are still a 3-point favorite on the road at BetOnline.
Two other stars that are currently considered questionable for this week are Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (ankle) and Baltimore’s Ray Lewis (foot). At this point, Peterson appears more likely than Lewis to play Sunday, but both players’ statuses are still unclear. Baltimore is a 6.5-point favorite on the road against Cleveland and Minnesota is a 1-point favorite at home against Denver, both at TopBet.