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Some starters couldn't get the job done, so they grabbed some bench. Others got hurt, and were physically unable to answer the bell.
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Down went Carson Palmer. In comes Drew Stanton for the Arizona Cardinals. Many moons ago, Stanton split time with Tom Brady at QB for the Michigan Wolverines. Sunday, he'll start against San Francisco's C.J. Beathard, who will ultimately give way to Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady's former caddie in New England, who was acquired this week by the 49ers.
In the Mile High City, the strangest change of all is taking place. The Denver Broncos grew weary of Trevor Siemian's philiosophy that enemy defenders were eligible receivers, and will go back to a (frightening) future by once again handing the keys to their offense to Brock Osweiler. Osweiler started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 and had a QB rating of 59.9.
Will these changes be changes for the better? That's for you to decide and to wager on, via these prop bets being offered by Bovada.lv.
Brock Osweiler, Total Interceptions Week 9
Osweiler has been picked off 22 times in his last 24 games, 21 of which were starts. He averaged one interception per 35.8 pass attempts of that stretch, and has been intercepted on just 2.7 percent of his pass attempts during his NFL career. In other words, he isn't Siemian. But overall, Osweiler isn't a very efficient QB and the vast majority of those previous attempts came while playing for competent playoff teams. These Broncos are unlike those clubs.
Pick: Over 1 (+110)
Brock Osweiler, Total TD Passes Week 9
On the flip side of the coin, Osweiler has connected on 25 touchdown passes over that same 24-game span, an average of one TD pass every 31.56 attempts. Osweiler tossed just 10 TD passes in eight games while filling in for the injured Peyton Manning with the 2015 Broncos, and that was a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. Osweler has been handed a simple gameplan by coach Vance Joseph - protect the football. He won't be firing for the end zone.
Pick: Under 1.5 (-200)
Brock Osweiler, Total Passing Yardage Week 9
Siemian's QB rating up until his benching was 76.8. But Osweiler's last year as Houston's starter was 72.2. Starting for a playoff team, he never passed for more than 269 yards in a single game and averaged 197.1 yards per game. Bovada has set the total bar for Osweiler passing yardage this week at 229.5. Preaching ball security, it would seem unlikely he'll get that high. In fact, if Osweiler needs to throw that much, the Broncos are in serious trouble.
Pick: Under 229.5 (-120)
Drew Stanton Total Interceptions Week 9
Stanton is a totally different animal than Osweiler. In 2014, Stanton started eight games for the Cardinals and he put the ball in the air at least 30 times in four of them. And yet he was picked off just five times in 240 attempts. That's one interception every 48 occasions that he aired out the ball. Stanton's reputation around the NFL is that he is a strong game manager. He might not make game-breaking plays but he won't make plays that get you beat, either.
Pick: Under 1 (-150)
Jay Ajayi Total Rushing Yards Week 9
How often will the Philadelphia Eagles deploy the recently-acquired Ajayi in his debut for them? Eagles coach Doug Pederson, no doubt not anxious to mess with the chemistry of his 7-1 club, insisted this week that Ajayi would be brought along slowly and would be required to earn his playing time. The Eagles have their bye afer this week's game with the Broncos, so don't expect much from Ajayi until Week 11. But they also didn't spend a fourth-round pick on him so he could ride the bench.
Pick: Under 47.5 yards (-120)
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