"Concussion" is the word of the day when talking about the Monday Night Football matchup. Alex Smith is technically listed as "questionable", but his status is much closer to probable given how his week went. Jay Cutler wasn't so lucky, so Jason Campbell takes over the reigns. Let's take a closer look at why I think the Bears are getting overlooked in this game.
Mike Vick joins the growing list of concussed quarterbacks this week, which means it's time for Nick Foles to start his first NFL game. Across from him he'll see another rookie QB in RG3. Both teams are already looking ahead to next year, but let's take a closer look at why the Eagles are in much worse shape heading into Sunday's game.
MarketsLast week Cantor had the look-ahead line on this game as Redskins -1.5. That was a reasonable enough spread, but after what we saw on Sunday it's no surprise they re-opened at -3.5 (odds from SBRforum). I'm not going to make as big of a deal over the Vick-to-Foles move as others, but I do downgrade the Eagles a bit more because of it. He's simply not coming into a good (or safe) situation right now. I can't imagine enough money coming in on Philly to move this to -3 and if I had to guess, I'd say this line is going to move in favor of Washington as the week unfolds.
The big news this week is the injury to Ben Roethlisberger. It couldn't have come at a worse time as they are getting ready to host the Baltimore Ravens. Neither team have been outstanding this year, but with Big Ben out the power has certainly shifted to their division rivals. Let's go ahead and make the obvious pick here and ride the Ravens to victory.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won three games in a row and four of their last five. Meanwhile, the Panthers only have two wins on the season. Should we expect more of the same this Sunday, or will the Panthers rise up and make a game of it? I'm going with the former, so let's take a closer look at how things shake out.
A week ago this match-up looked much different to people. The Panthers were coming off a nice win in Washington and were a trendy pick by "sharps" vs the Broncos. That turned out to be an epic thud. Combined with another win from the Bucs, the favorite has flipped and Tampa Bay now sit at -1 or -1.5 favorites, depending on where you shop (odds from SBRforum). I think this line is going to move even more and close closer to -3 by kickoff.
The St Louis Rams are coming off an impressive performance against one of the best teams in the NFL. The New York Jets are still trying to figure out which quarterback should be under center. Will we see much of the same in Week 11 action? Let's take a closer look at why I like the Rams to come out on top.