Key Injuries to Affect Week 10 NFL Picks & Odds

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 4:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 4:29 PM UTC

The Philadelphia Eagles are the betting odds favorites to repeat as division champions but could their latest injury cripple their chances? Find out as we review other injuries affecting the odds in Week 10. 

Nick Foles, QB, and DeMeco Ryans, LB, Eagles
Foles will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered when he was sacked by Houston's Whitney Mercilus on Sunday in the first quarter. So Mark Sanchez takes over as the starter and there's no question he could keep the job if he plays well because Foles hasn't been consistent. Plus would the Eagles start Foles in a playoff game if he hasn't played for two months? Sanchez was 15 of 22 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions vs. Houston. Ryans has been lost for the season to an Achilles' injury. He was hurt as he returned a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception against the Texans, his former team. He won 2006 Defensive Rookie of the Year there. Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowler who came to the Eagles in a trade before the 2011 season, had started all 40 games the Eagles have played since acquiring him, playoffs included. Ryans had 45 tackles and that one pick this year. “That's such a crushing blow,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will likely take the snaps in Ryans' absence and that's a big downgrade. The Eagles are 6-point opening favorites on NFL odds for Monday's home game vs. Carolina Panthers.


Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Romo missed Sunday's loss to Arizona with fractures in a small bone in his back. Brandon Weeden showed why the Browns dumped him starting in Romo's place by going 18 of 33 for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the 28-17 loss. Weeden didn't complete a pass to Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant until 1:50 remained in the game. On his throws to all his wide receivers, Weeden completed just 6 of 19 passes for 58 yards. The Cowboys play Jacksonville in London this week and Romo will  make the trip. Both coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones think he will play. Dallas opened as a 5-point favorite at sportsbooks, but this line would change dramatically if Romo sits, so adjust your Week 10 NFL picks accordingly.


Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
San Diego avoided disaster as Rivers left Sunday's blowout  loss in Miami with a hand injury late in the game and didn't return. Rivers would have stayed in the game had it been close and the injury wasn't why he was pulled. Rivers was just 12 for 23 for 138 yards with three interceptions in the 37-0 defeat, San Diego's third straight loss. So much for that NFL MVP talk of earlier in the season for Rivers. His 31.0 passer rating was the lowest he’s posted since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Chargers in 2006. The 128 yards passing was Rivers’ lowest output since 2012. The Chargers are on the bye this week.


Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
Miller exited the Chargers' win during the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. He is being called day-to-day with a sprained AC joint. Miller carried 11 times for 49 yards with a touchdown. He's averaging an excellent 4.9 yards per carry on the season. He should play Sunday at Detroit. The Fins are +2.5 on NFL odds.


Calvin Johnson, WR, and Reggie Bush, RB, Lions
Detroit was on a bye in Week 9 and it clearly worked wonders on Megatron and Bush. Johnson (ankle) and Bush (ankle) practiced Monday and thus should play Sunday. Johnson hasn't played since Week 5, while Bush last played in Week 8.  The Lions also have activated defensive tackle C.J. Mosley off suspension and he's expected to start opposite Ndamukong Suh. The Lions host surging Miami this week. As noted above, Detroit is -2.5 at sportsbooks.


Gio Bernard, RB, Andrew Smith, OT, and Leon Hall, CB, Bengals
Both Cincinnati starters are very iffy for the quick turnaround game Thursday night at home vs. Cleveland. Smith, the right tackle, tried to come back after injuring his ankle on Andy Dalton’s 19-yard TD pass in the second quarter vs. Jacksonville, but Smith lasted one series before Marshall Newhouse replaced him. Hall is in the NFL's concussion protocol this week. He has 39 tackles and a pick. The Bengals played Jacksonville without Bernard. He seems doubtful after not practicing Monday, either. Jeremy Hill was a beast in his absence, rushing 24 times for 154  yards and two touchdowns. It was the best by a Bengals rookie running back since Corey Dillon broke Jim Brown’s rookie rushing record with 246 yards against the Oilers in a 1997 Thursday night game. The Bengals are -6 on NFL betting lines at sportsbooks like Pinnacle.

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