NFL 2021 Week 2 Injury Report Impact On Betting Lines

  • Josh Jacobs being ruled out has set up Kenyan Drake for a big day against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The Green Bay Packers will be without their top pass rusher in Za’Darius Smith which may let Jared Goff have a better game.
  • The Minnesota Vikings will be missing multiple defensive players against the Arizona Cardinals.

LAS VEGAS - The NFL injury report is filling up quickly early on in the season and many NFL players will have extra opportunities to perform in wake of the injuries.

Josh Jacobs Injury: Kenyan Drake Benefits

Some online sportsbooks don’t have player props available for Kenyan Drake or Josh Jacobs at the moment. The news that Jacobs will miss Sunday’s game is too fresh for odds to be adjusted, but this clears the way for Drake to be the lead back.

Drake had 11 yards on six carries in Week 1 but added 59 receiving yards on five catches. He had 955 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground last season and is more than capable of being a starting running back.

Za’Darius Smith Injury: Jared Goff Sees Less Pressure

Za’Darius Smith, the Green Bay Packers’ top pass rusher, will miss some time and will severely hurt the Packers defense.

Jared Goff will likely have much more time in the pocket with Smith being out.

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Jared Goff Passing Yards

  • Over 252.5 -115
  • Under 252.5 -115

Since the game isn’t until Monday night, NFL betting sites have plenty of time to make adjustments. However, Goff’s passing yards total should be something to look deeper into, as he beat this mark by over 80 yards in Week 1 on 57 attempts.

Vikings’ Defensive Injuries: Kyler Murray Reaps Rewards

The Minnesota Vikings will be without many key players such as Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr and Harrison Hand. That makes a key player at every level of the Vikings’ defense absent from Sunday’s game.

Kyler Murray Passing Yards

  • Over 275.5 -115
  • Under 275.5 -115

Murray had a monster Week 1 performance and should be in a good spot to repeat his outing in Week 2. Sports betting sites may be underestimating Murray’s ability to pick apart the depleted Minnesota defense.