Quarterbacks seem to be dropping like flies these days, and you can add St. Louis Rams passer Sam Bradford to that growing list.
The Rams, who fell 30-15 to Carolina Sunday, announced that Bradford would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, leaving the offense in the hands of backup Kellen Clemens.
Oddsmakers opened St. Louis as a 10-point home underdog hosting the Seattle Seahawks Monday night and quickly took action on the road team, jumping up as high as St. Louis +11.
“One of the bigger moves so far,” Michael Stewart of CarbonSports.ag tells Covers. “Bradford is done for the season, but we’re not sure how much of a downgrade Kellen Clemens is. Definitely worth a point less.”
Stewart says sharps love double-digit NFL underdogs – especially at home – and does expect some action to come back on the Rams as this spread gets higher and higher. The public has been in love with Seattle all season and will keep betting the Seahawks right until kickoff.
“It's a brutal Monday Night Football game for us to book because parlays, teasers and pretty much 75 percent of the straight action is going to be on the Seahawks,” says Stewart. “Needing this Rams team in this stand alone game is already giving me an ulcer.”
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5)
The Patriots are coming off a crushing overtime loss to the rival Jets Sunday, giving up an extra crack at the game-winning field goal due to a controversial call - Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3. New England opened as a 6.5-point home favorite, hosting Miami Sunday.
“We were debating 6.5 and seven, and instead of opening on that key number -7, we opened at -6.5 and put some added juice on the favorite,” says Stewart. “(New England head coach Bill) Belichick is great SU and ATS off a loss, but this Patriots team isn't as good as years past. Lots of holes on defense.”
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3)
The Cowboys continue to be the big breadwinner this season, boosting their ATS mark to 6-1 after a solid performance against Philadelphia Sunday. However, books have their eye on Dallas heading into Week 8, and have tabbed the Lions as 3-point home chalk. Detroit is 1-2 in its last three games, coming off a loss to Cincinnati in Week 7.
“The Lions opened -3 because the spot for Cowboys is awful,” says Stewart. “They're off two key divisional wins as well as playing the second of back-to-back road games. Throw in all their injury issues and I believe the sharps will back the Lions here. But the public is already pounding ‘America's Team’."