Joe Thomas Torn Triceps Week 8
While his torn triceps won’t have much of an impact on the Browns’ status at your favorite online sportsbook (they’re going to be underdogs every time), left tackle Joe Thomas – arguably Cleveland’s best player and a future Hall of Famer – will certainly be missed by his pals in the Dawg Pound. Unfortunately, it wasn’t wear or age – but a snapped muscle – that finally snapped his NFL-record snaps streak at a ridiculous 10,363. (Oh, snap!) That translates to 167 games over nearly 11 seasons that Thomas didn’t miss a single offensive play for the Browns.
While many will argue whether or not a team this bad deserves a guy that good, it’s a moot point going forward: The worst team in the league no longer has its perennial Pro Bowler locking down their young quarterback’s blind side. For the sports bettor, Thomas’ torn triceps won’t cause much to change in the weeks ahead. However, for various props and spreads, it could be a significant factor, as the turnover-prone (and self-proclaimed better-than-Tom Brady) DeShone Kizer will now have even less time to scan the field and spread out his various interceptions.
Whether or not Thomas’s torn triceps keeps him off the field permanently (there is talk of retirement, naturally), Cleveland’s uphill battle just got that much steeper. This Sunday, the Browns play host – in England – to the much better Minnesota Vikings, and they’re Bovada lists them as 8-point underdogs. However, at BetOnline and SportsBetting, they’re an even more distant -9.5. Taken along with that, the game’s 37.5-point over/under indicates that most bettors expect a bit of a blowout. And though the Browns’ woes can’t really be pinned on Joe Thomas tearing his triceps, that injury is likely worth at least a point on this week’s boards at sites for sports betting in Ohio.
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