10/30/2011 01:09 PM
Patriots And Steelers Highlight Sunday NFL Slate
Week 8's NFL betting action commences on Sunday, and here at Don Best we're keeping a close eye on what's going on with line movement and injury reports for each of the games.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
The big news in this game is that Andre Johnson is going to miss out for a fourth straight week with his hamstring injury. As a result, the total has dropped from 42 to 40½, but the spread has remained consistent at Houston by nine.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Matt Hasselbeck injured his thumb last week against Houston, but has been practicing all week and should be fine. For Indianapolis though, there are still a ton of question marks. With six already on IR (and that doesn't include Peyton Manning), the team figures to not have Ryan Diem and might not have Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez or Pat Angerer either this week. Yet, the Colts have come down from +10½ at the beginning of the week to +8½ as of Saturday morning. The total has risen from 42 to 43½.
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
All of the betting lines in this game have stayed consistent. Carolina remains favored by 3½-points, and the total is still set at 46½. Both Percy Harvin (ribs) and Adrian Peterson (ankle) appear on the injury report as probable, but neither one is expected to be limited on Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
Beanie Wells has a bone bruise that is likely to keep him out of the fold for the next two, possibly three weeks. Meanwhile, both Joey Porter and Early Doucet have been out of practice all week with injuries, and both are listed as questionable on the injury report. Baltimore is still getting the nod by a dozen points, but the total has dropped just a bit from 44½ to 43.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
It looks as though Matt Moore is going to give it a go for the Dolphins even though he suffered an injury to his ribs last week. The Giants were expecting to get Prince Amukamara back in the fold this week, but it looks as though his ankle injury is going to delay his debut for at least one more week. Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs should be back in the lineup, though. The Dolphins are still 9½-point underdogs, though that number is down from 10½-points at the start of the week. The total has held at 42.
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
The 0-6 Rams still have some problems this week. Three normal starters, Danario Alexander, Sam Bradford and Jason Smith are going to miss this game. Mark Ingram is also out for the Saints, but they really shouldn't have to struggle in this one. They're still favored by two touchdowns, and the total has remained at 47 or 47½ (depending on the sportsbook) all week long.
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
The oddsmakers are expecting to see the de facto hosts triumph in Toronto, as the Bills are still favored by 4½-points, while the total has dropped just a bit to 45 from 46. London Fletcher has played in 214 consecutive games, but he is battling a hamstring injury that has him listed as questionable on the injury report. Oshiomogho Atogwe and DeAngelo Hall are both questionable as well. For the Bills, the only real news this week is the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick just inked a new six-year contract worth $59M.
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
A ton of action is coming in on the Broncos in this one, as they are now at just +1 after opening at +3½. We wouldn't be surprised to see them favored by the time this one kicks off, especially if Matt Stafford doesn't play for the Lions. The former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft has an ankle injury. He's expected to play, but isn't absolutely in the lineup. Both starting running backs, Jahvid Best and Willis McGahee, are out on Sunday.
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The spread and total have held firm in this game at New England by 2½ and 52½ virtually all week after an early spike in the total from the open at 51½. James Harrison was hoping to get back in the fold this week with his eye injury, but he will sit again, as might Hines Ward, who has an ankle injury. Albert Haynesworth, Jerod Mayo, and Julian Edelman are amongst those that are still listed as questionable for the Patriots.
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are still favored by nine points to move to 6-1 on the season. The total in this one has dropped a point to 38½. Peyton Hillis' frustrating season is continuing with his hamstring injury, which will likely keep him out of the lineup, while former first round NFL Draft choice, Joe Haden has been held out of practice and is questionable with a sore knee. For the Niners, Braylon Edwards figures to play for the first time since Week 2 with a knee injury.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Mother Nature is expecting to make this a rough day for the Bengals and Seahawks, as there is plenty of rain in the forecast. Cedric Benson is serving his one-game suspension this week, and Marshawn Lynch figures to sit for a second straight game as well. The pectoral injury for Tarvaris Jackson may still keep him out of the fold, and if it does, it'll be catastrophic for an offense which managed just 140 yards last week with Charlie Whitehurst calling the shots. The total is dipping in this game to 37½, the lowest of the weekend, and things could only get worse if the weather forecast doesn't improve. The Bengals are still favored by a point.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
There is a strong lean towards Dallas and the 'under' this week, as the Cowboys have crossed from +3½ to +3. The total is down three points from the open to 48. Felix Jones continues to sit this week with his ankle injury, while Tashard Choice is questionable with a shoulder problem. Of course, those injuries truly won't make a difference if rookie DeMarco Murray can rumble for another 250+ yards as he did last week against the Rams.
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