It was a bad Sunday for future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks, as Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger went down with injuries that are stirring up the NFL odds for Week 3 and beyond.
Brees left the New Orleans Saints’ highly-anticipated matchup with the Los Angeles Rams with a thumb injury that will require surgery, leaving him on the sidelines for at least six weeks. Roethlisberger was forced out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks with an elbow injury that will end his 2019 season just two games into the schedule.
New Orleans’ Week 3 odds for the team’s road game against the Seattle Seahawks were off the board as of Monday morning. According to oddsmakers at the Las Vegas Superbook at Westgate, if Brees was healthy, the line would be New Orleans +1. However, with Brees out, the Superbook projects a spread of Saints +5.5 or higher with No. 2 passer Teddy Bridgewater expected to start.
As for Pittsburgh’s Week 3 trip to play the San Francisco 49ers, sportsbooks are hanging the Steelers as 1-point underdogs. Covers’ senior writer in Las Vegas, Patrick Everson, reports that oddsmakers priced Roethlisberger to be worth about 6.5 points to Pittsburgh’s spreads, due to a less-experienced backup in QB Mason Rudolph.
The Week 3 NFL odds weren’t the only lines moving in Vegas upon the news of these quarterback injuries. The Saints’ odds to win the Super Bowl slipped from as far as 9/1 to 20/1 to win the Big Game while the Steelers dropped from 20/1 to 50/1 at William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada and New Jersey.
Divisional odds were also on the move Monday morning. New Orleans remains the favorite to win the NFC South, set at -120 at Caesars Entertainment sportsbooks. However, the Atlanta Falcons (+165), Carolina Panthers (+700), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1,100) all saw their divisional futures adjust.
Over in the AFC North, Pittsburgh is now +1,600 to win the division behind the Baltimore Ravens (-200) and Cleveland Browns (+170) while the Cincinnati Bengals are listed as +3,000 long shots at Caesars’ sportsbooks.