One of the essential things for bettors to keep an eye on is the weekly injury report. This has become especially critical since last season, with COVID-19 forcing teams to rethink their roster construction. Teams need more depth at different positions in case a player has to sit out for a game because they’ve either tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has.
This year, we’ve also seen some severe injuries to impactful players that have kept them out of games. Russell Wilson, for example, missed three weeks with a fractured middle finger. It was the first time he’s missed a start in 149 games. BetMGM has the latest NFL odds out, and some lines reflect the impact of the most significant NFL injuries.
What are some notable ones to watch? Here are the injuries that I believe will have the most significant impacts in Week 11.
One of the most significant injuries last week was Rams WR Robert Woods tearing his ACL during practice. As a result, the team ruled him out for the rest of the season, and it is now up to freshly signed Odell Beckham Jr. to fill that gap.
Woods’ numbers have not been elite this year, with 556 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions, but he helps the team in several ways. He helps create a diversion on the field for fellow WR Cooper Kupp and is a solid blocker for outside running plays. He’s also a big reason that the Rams can spread defenses and create space for their players.
Kupp leads all WRs in receiving yards (1,141) and touchdown receptions (10), but one can argue that Woods drawing some of the secondary’s attention away from has allowed Kupp him to shine.
Now, unless Beckham can step up and fulfill that same role, the Rams will have a much harder time getting the ball to Kupp the rest of the season.
The Packers will lose RB Aaron Jones for the next 1-2 weeks thanks to an MCL sprain. He suffered this injury during last week’s win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Jones has 541 rushing yards, 298 receiving yards, and seven total touchdowns for the Packers.
While he is gone, sophomore RB A.J. Dillon will have to step up for Green Bay, and he did so last week by getting both of their touchdowns in a 17-0 win. For the season, Dillon has 421 yards rushing with a 4.3 average.
The Packers will miss this weapon for Rodgers, but he has proven he can still lead them to victory without key players.
The Steelers face the possibility of going without one of the league’s best defensive players, T.J. Watt, after he suffered a hip and knee injury in last week’s tie vs. the Lions.
Watt underwent an MRI, and there appears to be no structural damage, though he will be miss this weekend’s game against the Chargers.
This year, Watt has 12.5 sacks in just eight games played. T.J. Watt is the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh defense. Without him, getting a win against the Chargers this week becomes exponentially more difficult.
The Cardinals’ QB has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Arizona has gone 1-1 in those games but scored only 10 points in last week’s loss to Carolina.
Where does Murray stand this week? Well, it appears to be a game-time decision once again.
With Murray at QB, the Cardinals average over 30 points per game this season. Without him, they average just over 20 points per game.
Murray is a great passer, but he is also a running threat, which could be a significant advantage facing Seattle, who gives up 125.2 rushing yards per game.
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These are some of the NFL injuries to account for in Week 11 and potentially beyond. Do you believe that any of these injuries can alter the course of a team’s season?
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