If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date map before you embark on your sports-betting voyage. (Here’s what you may have missed yesterday.)
1. Brandon Weeden, everybody
The Tennessee Titans brought on Brandon Weeden as a backup quarterback, and that can mean one of two things:
- In examining Marcus Mariota’s hamstring, doctors found that he is impermeable and cannot die, so sign whatever quarterback is funniest.
- They really don’t want to hire someone better, for some reason.
Brandon Weeden isn’t great, to say the least, and his signing is another sad reflection on the NFL’s set of priorities. His signing is also an indicator that the Titans aren’t sure Mariota will be able to play every snap this season, and don’t like the idea of throwing 35-year-old Matt Cassel into an offense built around a mobile quarterback.
Betting Tip: The Titans opened as favorites (-3) against Miami, whom Mariota would have no trouble torching. The combination of injured Mariota/Cassel/Weeden, however, might have more trouble.
2. Andrew Luck is … still not back yet.
Indianapolis Colts management is eager for you to know that their franchise QB is coming back, soon. But not too soon. He’ll practice this week, but for the moment Jacoby Brissett still has his starting job, one he wrested from the hands of Scott Tolzien. Sorry, I mean one he was gifted on a gilded Etruscan platter by the NFL’s worst excuse for a signal-caller.
The Colts are 1-3 with Brissett/Tolzien under centre, with their lone nail-biting win coming at home against the Cleveland Browns, who are currently the worst team in the NFL. They square off this week against the 49ers, who brought the Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals all down to the wire (but are themselves winless).
Betting Tip: Right now the Colts are favored (-1.5) which doesn’t make a lot of sense. Just because you beat the Browns doesn’t mean you’re better than anybody else.