The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams suffered some tough luck in Week 8 losses as each team also lost two starters to season-ending injuries. Here's a look at those injuries and any others that could affect Week 9 NFL odds at sportsbooks.
Geno Smith, QB, Jets
Smith isn't physically hurt but is confidence is likely bruised. He threw three interceptions in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Buffalo and was benched for Michael Vick. Smith, who finished with a rating of 0.0 vs. Buffalo, did have X-rays on his right shoulder after that game as he might have dinged it up while trying to make a tackle after that third pick, but it's not thought to be serious. However, Vick already has been named the starter this week at Kansas City. New York, loser of seven straight, opened as a 9.5-point underdog at sportsbooks. The Jets did score 23 points under Vick against the Bills, but he also threw a pick and lost two fumbles. I think it's fair to say the Jets will be taking QB early in next year's draft.
Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
This Smith suffered a sprained shoulder in Sunday's win over the Rams but he's expected to be fine and start against the Jets. Smith completed 24 of 28 passes for 226 yards in the 34-7 victory, setting a franchise record with a completion percentage of 85.71 percent. Smith has not missed a single snap due to injury since he joined the Chiefs in 2013.
Jake Long, OT, and Brian Quick, WR, Rams
It's expected the Rams will give 2014 No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson his first start this week. That's because starting left tackle Long tore his ACL against Kansas City, the same injury that also ended his 2013 season. This one might end Long's career. Robinson filled in at left tackle when Long was injured against the Chiefs. St. Louis also lost Quick to a season-ending torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder. Quick had 25 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns. So that's a double dose of bad news for Rams QB Austin Davis. The Rams are 9.5-point sportsbook dogs this week at San Francisco.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
It's a short week for Carolina as it hosts New Orleans this Thursday night -- those games now no longer on CBS but just the NFL Network -- but it appears the Panthers will have starting running back DeAngelo Williams for the game. He hasn't played since spraining his ankle in the first half of a Sept. 28 loss at Baltimore. Prior to that, Williams missed two games with a hamstring injury. Carolina's offense needs all the help it can get as it has totaled 26 points in back-to-back losses. The Saints opened as 1.5-point road favorites on NFL odds.
Jon Beason, LB, Giants
Beason is one of the Giants' best defensive players, but he's done for the year because Beason needs toe surgery. New York didn't even play in Week 8. Beason hurt the toe in Week 6 and then left Week 7 early with the problem. Actually the Giants are 3-0 without him in the lineup this season but it's not as good as a defense with Beason out. He also made the defensive play calls. New York is +3 in NFL betting for next Monday's home game against Indianapolis.
Lamarr Houston, DE, and Matt Slauson, OG, Bears
Chicago has looked like perhaps the NFC's worst teams in back-to-back blowout losses to Miami and New England and now will be without two starters the rest of the way. Houston, a big free-agent singing this past offseason, had the audacity to overly celebrate a sack of Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo while Chicago was down 25 points. Houston has been a bust overall with 11 tackles and that lone sack. Slauson, a left guard, tore his right pectoral muscle in the second half. Chicago may move right tackle Jordan Mills to left guard for the second half of the season, Michael Ola started in Mills’ place against New England as Mills was out with a right foot injury. He should be back this week.
Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
Bernard suffered a right hip injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's big win over Baltimore . As of this writing, the team doesn't believe it's serious. Bernard leads the team in rushing yards (446) and rushing touchdowns (five). If he can't go Sunday vs. Jacksonville then rookie Jeremy Hill would start. Cincinnati is an 11.5-point favorite in what could be a huge trap game as the win over the Ravens completed a season sweep of Baltimore and put Cincinnati back in first in the AFC North. It's still not clear if Bengals receiver A.J. Green will play this week. He hasn't played since Oct. 5 with a toe injury. Green himself says he thinks he will return.
Jimmy Smith, CB, Ravens
Smith is the team's No. 1 cornerback, but he will miss a few weeks with a sprained left foot. Smith was injured early in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. He leads the Ravens with eight passes defensed and has 28 tackles and a pick. The Ravens face the Steelers this week and it's perhaps not the best time to be minus Smith considering Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six TDs in Sunday's win over Indianapolis. The Steelers opened as 1-point favorites on NFL odds. Big Ben became the first quarterback in league history with multiple career 500-yard games.