NFL Betting Lines – Portis and Owens Injured

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

The Washington Redskins will be without running back Clinton Portis in their football odds contest against Denver while Buffalo might be without wide receiver Terrell Owens in their game against Tennessee.

NFL betting lines have the Redskins and Bills underdogs this week. Washington is a 3.5 point underdog at home against Denver in NFL betting lines while Buffalo is a 6.5 point underdog in football odds against the Titans. The Bills will be getting back quarterback Trent Edwards for this game but the loss of Owens would hurt their chances versus the NFL betting lines.

Owens was seen walking with a limp after practice this week.  The Bills have been a disappointment at 3-5 this season and really need a win at Tennessee in NFL betting lines on Sunday. That same game has another injury of note in NFL betting lines. Tennessee starting wide receiver Justin Gage has broken transverse bones in his lower back and is doubtful for Sunday. He was hurt last week in the NFL betting lines win over San Francisco. Head coach Jeff Fisher said it is unlikely Gage will play this week.

NFL betting lines on Washington have seen the team struggle this season and it doesn’t figure to get much better without starting running back Clinton Portis. He suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Atlanta and will not play in this NFL betting lines game against Denver.  Ladell Betts is expected to get the start even though he has been dealing with a sprained ankle.

Injuries are always important to consider in NFL betting lines. The Bills missing Owens would normally be a big deal in football odds but Owens has not played well this season. His absence is still worth noting though. The Redskins being without Portis does hurt them in NFL betting lines but the Washington offense has been horrible with or without Portis in the lineup. They are going to struggle to score regardless against a tough Denver Broncos defense. The injury to Gage is not huge since Gage is not an impact receiver in football odds.

Always remember to take injuries into account when you bet on NFL action. Don’t overreact though. Examine the injuries and look at the backup players and the odds before making any assumptions.

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