1. Greg Olsen and Corey Coleman on IR
Another day, another series of NFL injuries. Second-year receiver Corey Coleman has re-injured his hand (the same one he broke in his rookie season) and the Cleveland Browns have placed him on IR for eight weeks. He hasn’t been a centerpiece for the Cleveland offense, but his speed outside will be missed. Perhaps more importantly, the Carolina Panthers lose three-time Pro Bowler Greg Olsen, who is relied on by Cam Newton in short-yardage situations and can line up anywhere on the field.
Betting Tip: The Panthers are favored (-5.5) at home against the Saints, and the Browns are favored (-1) on the road against the Colts. While the Browns may not need Coleman’s help against the abominable Colts, that game is a clear stay-away for me. As for the Panthers, they will have a tough time running up the score without Olsen. The team is only averaging a shade over 16 points per game, despite drawing the 49ers and Bills in the opening two weeks. Cam doesn’t look right yet. The defense looks tremendous, but the Saints will be by far their stiffest test to date.
2. Tarik Black is out with a foot injury
The Michigan Wolverines have been struggling a little on offense, and big plays from Tarik Black and Kekoa Crawford have been bailing them out. Now Tarik Black is out with a foot injury, and quarterback Wilton Speight, who was struggling as it is, has one fewer option.
Add to this that the Wolverines are strongly favored (-10) on the road against Purdue, and you’re running into trouble. The 3-0 Boilermakers are better than anyone’s giving them credit for, and while Michigan should absolutely win this game nine times out of ten, covering a double-digit spread will be more difficult than most people think.
Betting Tip: Betting on Purdue to cover hasn’t failed for me this year, and with this injury adding to Michigan’s offensive struggles, I’ll be making boilers this Saturday as well.