Saints’ Brees injured, Super Bowl odds in flux
By Bob Garcia
The New Orleans Saints received some bad injury news regarding their star quarterback Drew Brees and it is sure to have an effect on the Super Bowl betting odds.
Brees has multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung. The best estimate right now is the 41-year-old will be out 2-3 weeks, as the team reportedly isn’t considering putting him on injured reserve.
New Orleans was +680 to win the Super Bowl at the Americas Cardroom sportsbook before their Week 10 win over San Francisco. That ranked them first among NFC teams. Now, there is a chance that conference rivals, Tampa Bay and Green Bay, surpass them this week when the odds are updated.
Brees left in the first half against San Fran last week. Jameis Winston was the starter in the second half and was a modest 6-for-10 passing for 63 yards. The team outscored the 49ers 10-3 in the second half for the 27-13 victory.
New Orleans is currently a 5-point favorite for this Sunday’s home game against Atlanta. Winston is expected to be the starter, with dual-threat Taysom Hill also in the mix for some pass attempts.
Here is a quote from Saints’ coach Sean Payton, regarding when the team will announce their starting quarterback (courtesy ESPN.com)
“Wednesday is our first day that we’re required to [report injuries]. And to be fair to the process, let’s stick with that. None of it benefits us by announcing that player earlier than later. I wouldn’t project or answer that in any way. We’ll see how this week unfolds.”
Keep checking back at the Big Blind Blog for the latest information on Brees and the rest of the Week 11 betting odds.