Matthew Stafford Injures Thumb, Bears vs. Rams NFL Week 1 Odds Holding Steady
Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images. Pictured: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams
This has not been a great week for NFL quarterbacks with new teams, and it’s only Tuesday.
On Monday, news broke that Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Carson Wentz will need surgery on his injured left foot, which is expected to sideline him from anywhere between five and 12 weeks.
New Los Angeles Rams starter Matthew Stafford also had an eventful Monday when he hit his right thumb on a player’s helmet during practice.
Stafford left practice and was later seen with this thumb wrapped, but the severity of the injury is not yet known.
Rams head coach Sean McVay says he thinks that Stafford will be fine, but there has to be some concern in L.A. considering this is the same thumb that required surgery last winter.
While we wait for more information to emerge, there has been no effect on the odds for the Rams’ season-opening matchup with the Chicago Bears thus far.
Bears vs. Rams NFL Week 1 Odds
|Date||Sunday, Sept. 12|
|Time||8:20 p.m. ET|
*NFL odds updated as of Aug. 3 at 7 a.m. ET
The Rams opened as 7-point favorites over the Bears back in May and this line has yet to budge off that number.
There have been some minor adjustments to the line depending on the sportsbook, but nothing important to note.
In fact, according to the Bears vs. Rams line history, there hasn’t been a move of any kind, including the juice, since July 26 at DraftKings Sportsbook, meaning there has been absolutely no reaction to Stafford’s injury from the NFL Week 1 betting market.
Of course, that could all change if Stafford’s thumb injury turns out to be more severe. But at this point, bettors and oddsmakers are clearly in wait-and-see mode ahead of NFL Week 1.
At the time of writing, 78% of spread bets have come down on the Rams, but don’t be surprised to see these percentages begin to even out based on the combination of Stafford’s thumb injury and Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields’s preseason hype train.