Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
Sunday, 10/10/10, 1:00 PM EDT, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Chicago -3
Current Betting Line: Carolina -3
Opening Total: 36
Current Total: 33
Current Moneyline: Carolina -150/Chicago +130 Football Odds from above taken from Bookmaker Sportsbook & Casino.
It’s just the first week of the National Football League season, but there were some games where key players left to concussions. Not only did it affect the outcomes of the opener, but it leaves a blurry picture on trying to handicap week 2 games. The most curious situation is in Philadelphia. Starter Kevin Kolb was knocked out with a concussion. Kolb’s stats were not impressive in the first half. He went 5 of 10 for 24 yards. Michael Vick came in and ignited the offense. He threw for 175 yards and a touchdown and ran for 103 yards. Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the game that Kolb is still the No. 1 quarterback and will return when healthy.
All NFL Draft, all the time the next three days. The title make’s today’s offering self-evident:
Guys I Love
1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – What’s not to like about this guy. He was brilliant from the very start at Oklahoma, and he has the look of a guy who can take that to the next level. He crushed the college football point spread at Oklahoma. He has a good arm, he’s mobile enough without using that as a crutch, he’s incredibly smart, and he just wins. Top rated quarterbacks aren’t always successful, but Clausen will be.
Manu Ginobili got himself a three year, $39 million extension with the Spurs yesterday. Thus ends and interesting drama. Ginobili was heading towards free agency, and was understandably upset that the team wouldn’t have extended him sooner – he was looking for a deal last summer. The Spurs were nervous about the ankle injuries that had limited the Argentinian in the playoffs the last two years and were playing hardball. I can’t imagine that he would have been happy going into the playoffs without a deal, and he has been playing so well recently that he is definitely needed if they stand any hope of a playoff run. Ginobili is 32 so he would have been very attractive on the open market – especially as a consolation prize for the teams that have cleared space but don’t land one of the big prizes.
I’m a big Pudge Rodriguez guy – he’s my favorite non-pitcher of all time, I think. That being said, I was really surprised by the news that he will be joining the Nationals. He has reportedly signed a two year, $6 million contract. I’m surprised that at this time in his career he’d be interested in playing in such a hopeless situation. Or at least that’s what I thought until I considered it more and came up with one big consideration in their favor – Stephen Strasburg. Pudge gets to spend likely his last two years in the league catching for the most exciting prospect in baseball in a long, long time. The Nats get to be sure that their prize star is well-handled, and they get to benefit from the veteran leadership and instant credibility he brings to the table.
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