It’s time to take a look at the fallout from Week 1 in the NFL to see how teams are making adjustments due to injuries. There were certainly a couple of major losses this past weekend that will have some teams scrambling, and everything will impact the lines as odds are being shifted.
From the New Orleans Saints now looking to make up for the loss of Michael Thomas to the Indianapolis Colts losing Marlon Mack, there are several big holes that are going to need to be filled quickly. There are also a couple of up-and-coming stars with a lot of potential, as long as they can get out of their shells.
Injuries Abound In The NFL
The NFL Cheat Sheet for this week will be used as a unique window for the latest on league injuries. There could be additional changes made as the week progresses and the health picture becomes clearer, but there’s already a long list of players that are doubtful for this weekend.
New York Jets: Running back Le’Veon Bell will be unavailable this week at home against the San Francisco 49ers with a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was put on IR and will miss, at least, the next three games. The SuperBook at Westgate indicates that the Jets are still a 6.5-point home underdog in that game.
San Francisco 49ers: Star tight end George Kittle suffered a sprain to his left knee last weekend, according to an announcement by the team on Monday. More information on Kittle’s status will be announced by midweek, but it hasn’t affected the lines much at The SuperBook. The 49ers opened at -6.5 against the Jets and bounced to -7 a couple of times, before settling back to -6.5.
New Orleans Saints: Wideout Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and will be out for Monday’s game in Las Vegas against the Oakland Raiders. By early Tuesday, the Saints had already moved from the opener of -4.5 to -6.5 at The SuperBook, but the news of Thomas’ injury Tuesday afternoon put the number down a half-point to Saints -6. The latest is that Thomas might be out four to six weeks, which could be extremely damaging for the Saints.
Indianapolis Colts: Running back Marlon Mack tore his Achilles heel in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he will be out for the entire season. Whatever impact Mack’s absence has on the lines was measured into The SuperBook’s opening number of -3, which stuck after going up Sunday night.
Cleveland Browns: Rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. (leg) is doubtful for Thursday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, while tight end David Njoku was placed on the injured list with a sprained left knee. The Browns opened at -6.5 at The SuperBook and quickly dropped to -6.
Denver Broncos: As most everyone knows by now, star linebacker Von Miller will be out for the entire 2020 season. Denver’s standout cornerback, A.J. Bouye, left the game during Monday’s loss with a shoulder injury. Right now, it’s uncertain if he is going to continue, and running back Phillip Lindsay (toe) might be out when the Broncos hit the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend. The SuperBook went a little longer on the Broncos as a result, hiking the line a whole point, from +6.5 to +7.5.
Worth Keeping An Eye On
Buffalo Bills: Stefon Diggs, the new Bills wide receiver, gave a stellar performance in his season debut. Diggs got eight of his nine targets and picked up 86 yards in the victory against the Jets. If he can see that type of volume from Josh Allen on a consistent pace, he could be a beacon of light for the Bills this season. The Bills take on the Miami Dolphins this coming Sunday, and all eyes will be on Diggs to see if he can keep up his pace.
Miami Dolphins: With regards to Jordan Howard, his first game with his new team didn’t exactly go the way he wanted. On eight carries, the running back was only able to muster seven yards, and this is nowhere near the level the Fins had expected. His only saving grace was a touchdown run, but he’s going to have to do better if he plans on competing with Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida.