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YEAR OF THE BACKUP QB

As Axios Sports notes: We’re just 2 weeks into the NFL season, and QB injuries have already put a damper on the campaign. Welcome the year of the backup QB. Driving the news: After suffering injuries on Sunday, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year (elbow surgery), and Saints QB Drew Brees is expected to miss 6 weeks (thumb surgery). Meanwhile, Jaguars QB Nick Foles broke his collarbone in Week 1, and Jets QB Sam Darnold is down with mono (and then, right on cue, his backup got hurt). Looming over this unfortunate start to the season is former Colts QB Andrew Luck, whose shocking retirement in August put a new face on just how debilitating football can be. The bottom line: Of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season, the Eagles were the only one that didn’t keep their starting QB healthy the whole year. It doesn’t look like the league will be so lucky this time around.

On Today’s Scorecard

From this week’s Playbook Totals Football Newsletter: The Carolina Panthers are 14-1 OVER away in games after scoring 14 or fewer points. The Arizona Cardinals are 5-0 OVER versus the NFC South. To top it off all NFL home teams in Game Ten or less coming off consecutive ATS wins (Cardinals) are 15-1 OVER when facing a foe off back-to-back ATS losses (Panthers). Now that’s some damn good handicapping.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Texas Tornado, a Playbook devotee: Through the first 2 weeks of NFL action in games where the line was -6 or less, the team that won the game is 18-1 ATS. The lone game the line actually came into play was by a 1/2 point between Chicago -2.5 at Denver. Chicago won by 2.
 
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