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How will Bears QB Jay Cutler return from his concussion? He wasn’t good when he came back from his last concussion
In 2010, Cutler suffered a concussion at the Giants in Week 4 and missed the game the following week at Carolina when the Bears won at Carolina despite the efforts of Todd Collins. Cutler returned in Week 6 to start against a pedestrian Seahawks team.
The Bears lost 23-20 at Soldier Field as Cutler completed 17 of 39 passes (43.6 percent) for 290 yards and no scores. The following week, the Bears were beaten by a bad Redskins team 17-14 at Soldier Field. Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall picked off Cutler 4 times in the second half and the QB completed 26 of 40 passes for 281 yards. We’ll see how he performs today.
Raiders/Bengals- Bengals opened as 7.5 point favorite. The wiseguys weren't tempted at that enticing extra half and as a result the number has slowly climbed with public money and an absence of wiseguy play on the dog. The Raiders are looking at Jacksonville and KC for bottom-feeder honors.
Steelers/Browns- This game opened at a pick, with money slowly accumulating on the Steelers. The Black and Gold are down to 3rd stringer Charley Batch at QB, but have won 16 of 17 vs their division rivals to the north. With a combination of public and wiseguy play, the Steelers now at -2.
Bills/Colts- The 3 on this game hasn't moved but the money around it has shown the wiseguys favor the Bills. Juice on the dog keeps rising while the public money comes in on the favorite.
Broncos/Chiefs- This game has teetered between 10 and 10.5 with the public laying and the wiseguys taking it. Double digit home dogs have been remarkable despite being ugly by definition. I have KC as the NFL's worst team. My metrics take turnovers into account and they have been worst team in the league at protecting the ball.
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles (3, 40.5)
Panthers’ play for Rivera vs. Eagles’ tank for Reid
One look at the spread for this one tells you just how much faith oddsmakers have in the Eagles. It’s about as much faith as Philadelphia has in head coach Andy Reid right now. Reid’s seat is an inferno and a loss to Carolina on Monday Night Football would burn that mother to the ground. The local media is all over the Walrus for playing his starters last week when the game was long out of reach, leading to LeSean McCoy’s concussion in the fourth quarter. Don’t expect Andy’s guys to play for him in any quarter Monday.
Despite their 2-8 record, the Panthers have been a tough out for opponents this season. Carolina has come close to some big upsets, getting outscored by just under six points per game, and has suffered six losses by six or fewer points this season. Rivera is expected to stick out the rest of the season and will rally his troops for a big national TV stage.
Spread: Seahawks minus-3
Public consensus pick: 66 percent picked Seahawks
SuperContestants: 168-111 in favor of Seahawks
Public perception: The Dolphins were the other overachieving team in Florida earlier this season, but three straight losses (against the Colts, Titans and Bills) have everyone looking to fade them. The Seahawks come in off their bye and are a popular public play this week.
Wiseguys' view: Conflicting wiseguy trends from R.J. Bell at pregame.com: Seahawks are 36 percent ATS in all road games since 2002; but road faves off a bye are 26-4 ATS in last 30 games in this spot. The sharps are again likely to be split.
Tuley's Take: I lean toward Seattle, but I don't need more chalk in my diet and their home/road dichotomy does scare me off. The pick: Pass (pool play: Seahawks).
The Bengals have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 40 points while posting back-to-back victories. That’s bad news for the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed an average of 45.0 points in dropping three straight games. Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) is running at practice and is questionable. Backup RB Mike Goodson (ankle) is further away from returning. Oakland is 1-5 ATS in its last six games overall.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' QB carousel will take another turn on Sunday when veteran Charlie Batch makes the start versus the host Cleveland Browns. The 37-year-old Batch will look to improve upon the performance of fellow veteran Byron Leftwich, who scored a rushing touchdown - and promptly broke a rib - in a 13-10 loss to Baltimore last Sunday. Batch will need to be on alert against a tenacious Browns defense, which recorded a season-high seven sacks of Tony Romo last week. Pittsburgh has won four in a row and 21 of 23 versus Cleveland.