Trey Lance was once the guy everybody had their eyes on. Now he is no longer part of the picture as the San Francisco 49ers move forward.
An injury to the starting QB may be horrific news for some teams. But for the Niners, it may be good news for head coach Kyle Shanahan, in spite of himself.
Jimmy G (aka Jimmy Garoppolo) is back in the saddle, and he will lead the 49ers onto the field at Mile High against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos in the Sunday night game that is slated to begin at 8:20 PM ET on NBC. Keep in mind that BetAnySports patrons have a lot to take advantage of, including reduced juice, so you can go into the game with much better odds than usual.
Lance had to leave last Sunday's game against Seattle with a broken ankle (for which he has had surgery), and he has been ruled out for the season. He had experienced a rough season debut against Chicago in awful weather, as San Francisco suffered a defeat. Garoppolo had to step in and didn't blow anyone away with his numbers (13 of 21, 154 yards). But the Niners won it 27-7.
You have to admit that when the Seattle Seahawks were compelled to trade Russell Wilson, at his request more or less, they became a weaker side. And for the purposes of this opening weekend of NFL action, that sort of compounds itself, as Wilson is now the quarterback of their Monday night opponents, the Denver Broncos. So the general consensus is that it's "thumbs down" with Seattle and "thumbs up" with Denver as of the start of the regular season.
But is that really the case? That's something BetOnline customers have to examine in advance of this game, which takes place at Lumen Field in Seattle at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday.
Wilson had an injury-plagued season a year ago, and the opinion on the part of some is that he came back a little too soon in order to help his team try to make a wild-card spot in the playoffs. All told, he still had solid numbers, throwing for 25 touchdowns with six interceptions and 3113 yards. The difference between 2021 and other seasons is that he had just 183 yards on the ground. There is no question that Wilson's scrambling ability is a big factor in his effectiveness. And he would much rather take a sack then throw a pick.
Obviously we saw a quarterback duel for the ages last weekend as Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards on 33 completions against the Buffalo Bills, highlighting that by bringing his team on a drive for the tying field goal with only 13 seconds left in regulation.
If you saw the former MVP in the early part of the campaign, you might not have thought such things were possible. The fact of the matter is, Mahomes looked quite a bit off-balance as he was getting used to a different way teams were defending against him.
But mysteries like that don't exist anymore for him, and he comes into the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals with guns blazing. BetAnySports customers can see that game at 3:05 p.m. Eastern time as it comes from Arrowhead Stadium.
The Clemson Tigers got things going in the right direction a little late last season. But they have a chance to make a real mark this year with their stop unit. And in the season opener, they have an opportunity to face a struggling offense when they take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a game held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 8 PM ET on Monday (Labor Day).
BetOnline.ag customers can place wagers on this game while it is in progress, and also can get a better price by using reduced juice.
Dabo Swinney, who has won 150 games as head coach, had a difficult time transitioning from Trevor Lawrence at QB. Lawrence was, of course, the top choice in the NFL Draft, and in came DJ Uiagaleilei, a top recruit who had done some fill-in work for Lawrence. DJ threw only nine touchdown passes, and the Clemson offense was hardly explosive in the early stages, tallying just 91 points in the first six games. But the team got it together in the last six contests and then beat Iowa State in the bowl game.
College football coaches are often pretty coy about naming their starting quarterbacks, especially when there are legitimate questions about it. And yes, we realize that BetAnySports customers find that relatively annoying. In the case of the Texas Bowl, which will be played on Tuesday night in Houston, there was no way around it.
To a certain extent, you can say that about the Kansas State Wildcats and coach Chris Klieman, because he wasn't certain as to whether Skylar Thompson's lower-leg injury would allow him to play. But as workouts continued, those concerns lessened.
As for Brad Davis, there has been a major headache. And according to iGaming Platform Software, it continues.
You may be asking - who is Brad Davis? Well, he is the interim coach for the LSU Tigers for purposes of this bowl game. After Ed Orgeron was told he wasn't going to continue beyond the end of the season, which happened several games ago, the head coaching search began.
If you are a savvy Super Bowl bettor, you know that you are going to have the chance to bet on special halftime odds that are going to be posted at, well, at the half, when you look at the BetAnySports interface. So settle down, whether it's with Mary J. Blige in the background or not, and make some money during the halftime break by betting the halftime odds. We'll try to put together some numbers to help you out.
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It is very hard to handicap a game when you don't know who's playing. And it's especially difficult if you don't know who's playing quarterback. At the moment, BetAnySportscustomers are hit with this dilemma in the rescheduled game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Football Team. If you are making your NFL picks for this one, you may want to wait and see who passes their tests.
And what we mean by that is, their tests for Covid-19, which has, by way of an outbreak, wreaked all kinds of havoc on the NFL schedule.
We're not sure of the exact count, but Washington has had over 20 players on the reserve list. And while coach Ron Rivera insists that 80% percent of those guys are asymptomatic, the protocol itself still has the potential of keeping them out.
What's painful here is that starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke and his backup, Kyle Allen, are, as of press time, not eligible to play. So this team may be forced to go with Garrett Gilbert as the starter. And he has not even been with the team for a week.
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