Key Injuries to Affect Week 6 NFL Picks & Odds

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:14 PM GMT

Another week of NFL football and another crowded list of big-name players dealing with injuries that could force them off the field this week, or longer, and affect their teams' NFL odds at sportsbooks. Here's your M*A*S*H report.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
Oakland was off this past weekend. When the Raiders last played, a loss to Miami in London, rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a high-ankle sprain that originally was forecast to have him miss a few games. However, now it appears that Carr will be able to play Sunday at home against San Diego. Carr was able to practice on Monday. The Raiders have been pathetic offensively this far, not yet topping 14 points and ranking dead last in rushing yards. But at least Carr gives them a better chance at an upset than Matt McGloin would have. Oakland opened as a 7-point underdog on NFL odds.

 

Carson Palmer & Drew Stanton, QBs, Cardinals
Stanton, Palmer's backup, started his third straight game on Sunday with Palmer dealing with an usual nerve problem in his shoulder. Stanton was knocked out of the 41-20 loss in Denver to a concussion as the Cardinals became the final NFC team to lose. Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Palmer had to have at least one full practice this week to face the Redskins. If he can't get back and Stanton doesn't clear the concussion protocol tests, then rookie fourth-round pick Logan Thomas would be the starter. Arizona is likely going to be without defensive end Calais Campbell to a knee injury. He was the victim of a blatant chop block by Denver's Julius Thomas. Campbell, who has 16 tackles, a sack and an interception, could miss a month. Arizona's line is TBA vs. Washington with the Redskins playing on Monday night.

 

Jake Locker, QB, Titans
Stop me if you have heard this before: Jake Locker is hurt. That phrase has been uttered/written way too much since Locker arrived in Nashville as a first-round pick in 2011. He played pretty well in Sunday's loss to Cleveland before leaving with a thumb injury. He was to have an MRI on Monday. Locker already has missed one game and backup Charlie Whitehurst was terrible in his place, a 41-17 loss to the Colts in Week 4. There is some talk that if Locker can't go, Whitehurst might not start. Rookie Zach Mettenberger could. The Titans want to find out if Mettenberger perhaps is their future at the position or if they need to pick a QB in the first round of next year's draft. The former LSU star played well in the preseason. The Titans are 6-point favorites at home against putrid Jacksonville.

 

Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
There are maybe only 2-3 receivers in the NFL whose absence could affect a line. At the top of that list is Megatron. There are reports that the Lions are considering sitting Johnson for at least one game and  maybe two after he aggravated an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Johnson has been a total non-factor the past two games because of that ankle, totaling just three catches for 19 yards. The Lions visit Minnesota, and the Vikings expect rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater to play after missing Thursday's blowout loss at Green Bay. The Lions opened at -2.5 at sportsbooks.

 

Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
Denver torched a very good Cardinals defense for 41 points on Sunday with Peyton Manning becoming the second player with 500 career TD passes and throwing for a career-high 479  yards. Manning might have to throw more the next 2-3 weeks as that's how long Ball is likely to be out with a groin injury. He has been a disappointment so far, carrying 55 times for 172 yards and a touchdown. Ronnie Hillman would start in his place. Denver plays at the Jets and New York is terrific at stopping the run, or at least was before Sunday's loss in San Diego. The Broncos are -7.5 on Pinnacle's NFL odds.

 

Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
New York has won three straight in part because of a strong running game. However, Jennings suffered an MCL strain in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Jennings is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards this year with 396 and third in carries with 91. He is expected to miss at least a few weeks. Rookie Andre Williams will start. He rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries vs. the Falcons. He led the NCAA in rushing last year at Boston College. The Giants are +2.5 at sportsbooks for the Sunday night game in Philly.

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