Two of the most confusing team injury reports earlier in the week belonged to the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who both had multiple players listed as “questionable”.
NFL bettors now have a better sense of the severity of these injuries.
Here’s a look at those updates as well as some other angles to consider in this week’s NFL betting action.
Hakeem Nicks in, Ahmad Bradshaw out
Both wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw were out last week, but the New York Giants still managed to upset New England on the road. This week, Eli Manning’s favorite deep threat, Hakeem Nicks, is currently listed as probable to return from his hamstring injury.
The Giants are a 3.5-point underdog at San Francisco this Sunday at [custom:bodog-link], and will still have to make do without Ahmad Bradshaw (considered doubtful with a foot injury).
Two of Pittsburgh’s three questionable players expected to play
Earlier in the week, the statuses of wide receiver Hines Ward (Head) and linebackers LaMarr Woodley (Hamstring) and James Farrior (Calf) were all in question. Ward and Farrior have been upgraded to probable, while Woodley is now expected to miss the game. Having Ward and Farrior back will help in this week’s tough division rivalry game. Pittsburgh is a 3-point favorite at Cincinnati at 5Dimes.
No revenge game for Kevin Kolb against the Eagles
Kevin Kolb likely had the Philadelphia game circled on his calendar before the season started as a chance to get some revenge on his former team for trading him, but a nagging foot injury will apparently prevent that from happening. With Kolb ruled out, a line was released late in the week making Arizona a 14-point favorite in Philadelphia at BetOnline. John Skelton will start at quarterback.
No home cooking in Miami
Home field is supposed to be an advantage, but it hasn’t been for Miami over the last season and a half. The Dolphins are 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games at home, including an 0-3 SU and ATS record at home this season. Despite their awful play at home and being just 1-7 SU this year, the Dolphins are a 4-point favorite at home over Washington at TopBet.