NFL playoffs betting odds possible absences

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

NFL playoffs betting odds for this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games.

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the big NFL playoffs betting favorites against the Giants and the San Diego Chargers as big NFL playoffs betting underdogs against the Colts.  However, those handicapping the NFL playoffs betting odds right now must deal with the questionable injuries that Terrell Owens and Antonio Gates are currently nursing.  The NFL playoffs betting odds have certainly taken these factors into consideration, yet the injuries are necessary to evaluate by anyone considering NFL playoffs betting on these two games.

NFL playoffs betting odds currently shown by SBG Global have the Cowboys as 7½ point favorites – indicating the NFL playoffs betting odds are favouring the Cowboys quite substantially.  However, Terrell Owens is still nursing an ankle injury he sustained in Week 16 of the regular season and it is unclear if he will even be able to play.  Coach Wade Phillips is calling T.O. a game-time decision, which means football betting analysts may not know for sure whether or not T.O. will be playing until right before the game begins, and they therefore will have to handicap the NFL playoffs betting odds accordingly.  In such a situation, one must simply use the information available to best predict whether or not a player in question will be playing.  Many NFL playoffs betting experts believe that there is little chance T.O. will miss this huge game and they recommend handicapping the NFL playoffs betting odds as such.  Nevertheless, even assuming that T.O. does play, one must wonder whether or not he will be able to perform at full capacity.  Chances are that he will not, yet even if T.O. is slightly limited he will still play an important role in the Cowboys offense.

SBG Global’s current NFL playoffs betting odds for the Chargers-Colts game have the Chargers as nine point road underdogs.  Those football betting fans handicapping the NFL playoffs betting odds of this game must similarly ponder the readiness of another injured offensive star – Antonio Gates.  Those who have been handicapping the Chargers’ NFL betting odds all season know what an important part of the offense Gates plays, and quarterback Philip Rivers is severely limited without Gates, even though Rivers managed to find other receivers last week against Tennessee.  In that game, Gates left early with a toe injury and it remains uncertain whether or not he will be able to play in Indianapolis.  If Gates misses that game then it may give reason to take the chalk of the NFL playoffs betting odds and bet on the Colts in this match up.  On the other hand, if Gates is able to play, then perhaps the NFL playoffs betting odds are favouring the Colts too strongly and the best bet is on the underdog Chargers.

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