After last week's light injury report, Week 8 is approaching with a lot of injury question marks on this shorter slate. However, I am here to highlight some of the bigger injuries that are going to have an affect on the NFL Odds.
Geno Smith, New York Jets
After getting a chance to take over under center for the wavering Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith ended up tearing his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Good thing Joe Namath basically called him soft during the game without knowing the injury! Get off my lawn, Joe .
With Smith out, Fitzpatrick took back over and now has another shot at trying to salvage both his career after this season and the Jets season. However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the Browns' quarterback situation right now, (see below) the only sportsbook that has NFL Odds for this game right now is BetOnline, who is favoring the Jets at -2 1/2 in Cleveland. Good thing the Cleveland defense is awful and they might be down another quarterback, because if they weren't, this line would be overvaluing New York once again.
Cody Kessler, Cleveland Browns
Speaking of the Browns, Cody Kesslet left Sunday's game with a concussion and now the Browns might be forced to add another starter to their long list of sub par quarterbacks. If Kesslet can't play, the Jets are immediately a value in the early odds out right now, but if he does pass the concussion protocol, I might be willing to look into an over play on this one, considering both teams' passing defenses are horrific.
Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears
Brian Hoyer broke his forearm and now it looks like we will see the return of Jay Cutler to either save some of his dignity or bury the rest of his career as an NFL starting quarterback. The NFL Odds have the Bears as +5 1/2 home dogs against the Vikings this week and with Minnesota coming into the game wounded and struggling some, this could be a great spot for Cutler and the Bears to get back on track. It would be a season-changing win, but right now I can't trust either of these teams ATS.
Josh Norman, Washington Redskins
In my eyes the biggest non-quarterback injury this week is to the Redskins' Josh Norman, who sustained a concussion in Week 7. Now the Skins have to travel to London for another English version of American football and if they are down Norman, the Skins' defense goes from troubling to down right awful. Washington has already sustained plenty of injuries to their secondary this season and losing Norman might open the flood gates. Washington has already given up the 11th most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks this season and while they have not given up many passing touchdowns if Norman is out this week that may change against the Bengals on a neutral field.