1. Texans’ Brian Cushing in PED trouble
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs, whatever that means. This is Cushing’s second PED suspension and he opted not to appeal.
Cushing is obviously a huge part of what makes the Texans’ defense tick. Although Zach Cunningham did a good job last night, Cincinnati doesn’t exactly field the most explosive offense in the NFL anymore. For a team with postseason ambitions, having to start a rookie at linebacker and another rookie at quarterback is not ideal, and not the best use of JJ Watt’s prime.
Betting tip: Fade the Texans in the futures market, where they’re currently +225 to win the AFC South at Bovada, trailing only Tennessee (+150) in the division. The team has too many rookies in too many important roles for you to .
2. Jon Jones also in PED trouble
Ever since Jon Jones’ A-sample from UFC 214 tested positive, the MMA world has been turned on its head. His B – tested positive, as well, and now his win over Daniel Cormier has been vacated, Cormier has been reinstated as light-heavyweight champion, and who knows what’s going to happen to Jones.
Or Cormier, for that matter. A retired champion raises a whole bunch of questions, and if Cormier has to fight again after the visible concussions he sustained during UFC 214, a lot of fans, myself included, will feel extremely uncomfortable about the whole thing. His last fight was mostly okay until it really, really wasn’t, and the prospect of Cormier having to come out of retirement to defend his title is just worrying.
Betting tip: Fade Cormier in any title fight that results from this mess.