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Sunday Setup: NFL Betting Updates

Whether teams are playing for playoff seeding or for pride at this point in the season, NFL injuries and suspensions still take their toll. Here is a look at some important NFL betting angles in Week 15, including a suspension, injury news, a starting quarterback change, and a weather update.

James Harrison suspension upheld

The Pittsburgh Steelers boast one of the best defenses in the NFL, but they’ll be without one of their defensive stars this week at San Francisco as James Harrison’s one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colt McCoy was upheld. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently considered questionable, but he had limited action at practice Friday and is expected to play. No line is currently available on this game as bookmakers wait for official updates on the status of Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, and San Francisco’s Patrick Willis.

Adrian Peterson likely to return for Minnesota

While the Minnesota Vikings have nothing but pride left to play for at 2-11 SU, Adrian Peterson reports that he is 85% and he will play this week at home against New Orleans. Peterson’s decision to start makes the Vikings a much more dangerous home dog; New Orleans gives up an average of 4.9 yards per carry and is 3-4 ATS on the road this season. Minnesota is a 7-point home underdog at Bovada.

Kyle Orton will start against Green Bay

One of the first things Romeo Crennel did upon taking over the Kansas City coaching job this week was name Kyle Orton his starter, and move the terribly ineffective Tyler Palko down to third on the depth chart behind rookie Ricky Stanzi. Orton’s finger injury has apparently healed, and Kansas City will try to give the undefeated Green Bay Packers trouble in Green Bay’s last road game of the season. Kansas City is a 14-point home underdog at TopBet.

Possible snow in Buffalo

Weather reports indicate a 30% chance of snow in this week’s Miami at Buffalo matchup. Even if it doesn’t snow, the temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees with winds of up to 10 miles per hour. This would seemingly favor Buffalo as Miami isn’t used to such cold weather playing their home games in South Beach. No line is currently available on this game as bookmakers wait for an update on the status of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, who is currently considered questionable after suffering a head injury last week.