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NFL Football Odds: Quarterbacks get hurt every week in the NFL

NFL Football Odds: Five Super Bowl Contenders Backup Quarterbacks Concerns

NFL Football Odds Quarterbacks get hurt every week in the NFL

Quarterbacks get hurt every week in the NFL, and teams that are prepared for that scenario are more likely to win playoff determining games.

Here are five Super Bowl contenders with No. 2 quarterback concerns that could affect your NFL bets.

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1. Denver (13/2 NFL Super Bowl odds)

Peyton Manning, who won his fifth NFL MVP Award last season, has been quite durable, but even he had to miss the 2011 campaign because of neck surgery. Other than that, Manning has played every regular-season game since his 1998 rookie season. The guy is 38, and one big hit could easily sideline him. His backup is Brock Osweiler, who has attempted 20 regular-season passes in his career, but none when it mattered.

2. New England (9/1 NFL Super Bowl odds)

Tom Brady is essentially in the same boat as Manning. In 2008 he suffered a season-ending injury, but other than that, he has played every regular-season game since 2002. He will be 37 in August. Ryan Mallett is Brady’s backup, and Mallett has some talent but has only thrown four regular-season passes in his career.

3. San Francisco (15/2 NFL Super Bowl odds)

Colin Kaepernick has started every game for the 49ers since taking over for Alex Smith midway through the 2012 season. Kaepernick, 26 years of age, has youth on his side, but he also runs a lot more than Manning or Brady and lots of injuries come from running. His backup is former Jacksonville first-round bust Blaine Gabbert, who is 5-22 in his career as a starter.

4. New Orleans (14/1 NFL Super Bowl odds)

Drew Brees is totally in synch with head coach Sean Payton, and the Saints have built a track team around Brees to play those home games at the Superdome. Brees has so far avoided injury, but his backup is Luke McCown, who has attempted one pass in the past two years combined.

5. Chicago (14/1 NFL Super Bowl odds)

The Bears have to expect to replace Jay Cutler because he hasn't played all 16 games in any of the past four years. They had Josh McCown, one of the NFL's best backup quarterbacks last year, but he left for a starter position with Tampa Bay. Now the Bears are stuck with either Jordan Palmer or Jimmy Clausen. Palmer last threw an important pass in 2010, and Clausen hasn't played anywhere since that year.

Most people don’t consider the backup quarterback when betting on NFL games, but knowing who will fill in during times of need is a shrewd football betting strategy.



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