Week 4 was devastating for a lot of teams, and while some have bye weeks upcoming to help soften the blow, there are others that have lost guys for the season. How will these injuries impact the NFL Odds going forward, and how can you capitalize on it?
Monday Night Football should have been a nice road win for the Vikings over the Bears, but after Dalvin Cook’s torn ACL, things have been thrown in complete disarray. Right now there are barely any NFL Odds for Week 5 of MNF in Chicago, and while it looks like Minnesota will still be favored based on the early odds that are out now, without their star young running back, things could be tougher than they appear against a divisional opponent.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
The news broke late Monday that Derek Carr will be out the next 2-6 weeks with a fracture in his back. Oakland has already been struggling, and now it’s on EJ Manuel’s hands to turn the ship around. Newsflash, he won’t. This could get ugly for the Raiders with a suddenly banged up offense. I would not be opposed to fading them at home, even against a just as troublesome Ravens team.
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
The Titans said that Marcus Mariota is just day-to-day. However, despite lying to our faces about Mariota’s hamstring, they just tried out a bunch of nobody quarterbacks today, including Brandon Weeded. When you’re working out Weeden, things are not good in Nashville. In Week 5 they are in Miami and with no NFL Odds out right now, this crap-fest can be avoided at all costs unless Mariota can play somehow.
Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers
Speaking of broken ribs, Ty Montgomery has a lot of them. He is trending towards doubtful for the Sunday showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, and that means Aaron Jones will likely lead the way out of the backfield. The Cowboys’ defense has been trash and while the loss of Montgomery hurts, Dallas is still just a -2 favorite.Jordan Matthews – Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills weren’t exactly running over with pass catchers coming in to Week 4, but they will leave without one of their best receivers in Jordan Matthews. The newest Bills receiver will have surgery on his thumb, which leaves Buffalo and Tyrod Taylor with a consolidated offense. LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay stand to get some more work, as could rookie Zay Jones. However, with Buffalo on the road in Cincinnati in Week 5, they have the lowest total of any game at 38 ½. The loss of Matthews is only contributing to that line.Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks lost Chris Carson to a broken leg in Week 4, which means they will have to dust off Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy this week in a big game against the Los Angeles Rams. This is one of the more interesting games on the slate with the Rams favored by -1 ½ at home against the Seattle. Carson’s injury probably hasn’t moved the line at all, but him being out gives the Seahawks less of a chance of running the ball against LA.
Josh Norman – Washington Redskins
Josh Norman is the only guy on this list not playing in Week 5 with a bye, but it looks like he could miss Week 6 as well with some broken ribs. Without him this secondary takes a big hit, but the good news is when they come back from bye, they are playing the 49ers. As long as Norman is back for Week 7, I don’t think it hurts the Redskins that much.