Week 14 NFL Primer: What You Need To Know

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look at all the pertinent injury and team news for this week’s NFL football betting. Here we go…

Atlanta vs. New Orleans: Still no definitive word on the health (and status) of Falcons QB Matt Ryan. For what it’s worth, Ryan is officially listed as questionable and went through Friday’s morning’s walkthrough…Falcons RB Michael Turner is also listed as questionable, although he was a limited participant in practice…The Falcons are +9.5 this weekend — that’s the most points they’ve laid at home this season and the second-biggest underdog total they’ve seen this year. The Falcons were +11 in New Orleans on November 2nd and covered in a 35-27 loss…

Tennessee vs. St. Louis: No Vince Young this weekend? Young is still struggling with a sore knee suffered in last week’s loss to Indy, and Kerry Collins took all the first-team reps on Friday. This should be of some concern/interest to bettors as the Titans were huge 13-point favourites for this one and don’t have nearly the offensive ability with Collins behind center as they do with Young.

San Diego vs. Dallas: Some interesting news here as Cowboys QB Tony Romo has added something to his game duties — holding for kicker Nick Folk. You’ll remember, of course, the 2007 playoff game where Romo famously fumbled a snap on an extra-point that cost the Cowboys a playoff game against Seattle…Romo said that he doesn’t really want to take on the job for “obvious reasons” but insisted he needed to do it as a sign of leadership. Folk has struggled with punter Matt McBriar holding for him this year, having missed eight kicks.

Green Bay vs. Chicago: The Packers are all kinds of beat up along the defensive line. DE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) and rookie DT B.J. Raji (ankle) are likely to play, but on the limp. Rotational DE Johnny Jolly (hamstring) is questionable and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring) hasn’t practiced all week…Pickett is highly doubtful for this game, which could be a real problem as the Packers try to slow down Bears RB Matt Forte, who has been very good of late. Forte carried 24 times for 91 yards and a touchdown last week against St. Louis.