Trent Edwards and Jimmy Raye are both out of a job. Ryder Cup odds are posted and of course it’s ESPN Monday Night Football. Bodog takes a look at them all.
First the ESPN Packers vs. Bears preview. The NFL’s oldest rivalry takes on added importance on Monday night as Green Bay visits Chicago with the two tied atop the NFC North at 2-0 — the last time they played each other when they were both undefeated in Week 3 or later was 1962. Green Bay is a 3-point favorite on Bodog’s NFL Odds.
The Pack swept the Bears last year thanks in large part to QB Aaron Rodgers, who in the two games completed 33 of 52 passes for 364 yards with one TD, no interceptions and a 90.5 passer rating. But those Bears didn’t have a healthy Brian Urlacher, who was lost for the year in the season-opening loss at Green Bay. This Chicago defense seems appreciably better, as it has generated three takeaways in each of its first two games and ranks first in the NFL against the run.
Chicago QB Jay Cutler has been fantastic in the season’s first two games under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz, but he seems to struggle at night for some reason. This will be Cutler’s 16th prime-time game of his career. He has a 5-10 record at night and has 24 touchdown passes, 24 interceptions and a passer rating of 78.8. Through two games the Packer defense led the league with 10 sacks.
Injury-wise every key Packer who should play will, while Chicago will be without starting tackle Chris Williams and rookie safety Major Wright.
This is the 180th meeting between the teams, the most in the NFL. Green Bay has had major success in the Windy City of late, winning 13 of the past 17 matchups at Soldier Field. Since Mike McCarthy took over as head coach, the Packers have a 6-1 on the road in the month of September.
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Now Bodog takes a look at Trent Edwards getting the axe. Just a week ago Trent Edwards was a starting quarterback in the National Football League, but in an as abrupt fall from grace as you will see Edwards was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday.
In two games this season Edwards went a combined 29 of 42 for 241 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked seven times. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced him as the starter in Week 3 against New England and was pretty good, going 20-for-28 for 247 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-30 loss. The Bills are now 0-3 and they seem a lock to take a quarterback with their 2011 first-round pick, which could well be No. 1 overall.
Bills coach Chan Gailey had defended Edwards when he made the switch last week, saying the lack of production in the first two games weren’t all his fault. Reportedly Buffalo had been shopping the former 2007 third-rounder from Stanford but couldn’t even get a late-round draft pick for him. As a rookie Edwards stepped in for an injured J.P. Losman and played well, then earned the starting job in 2008 when he completed more than 65 percent of his passes while throwing for just under 2,700 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He had a career record of 14-18 as a starting quarterback for the Bills and had been earning a $1.65 million base salary in the final year of his rookie contract. Someone will sign him to be a backup.
This means Brian Brohm moves up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Brohm has just two games of NFL experience, both with the Bills last season. Buffalo seems likely to drop to 0-4 as it hosts the Jets this week – bet on the game with Bodog’s NFL Odds.
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Finally it’s the Ryder Cup preview.
Ready for the weekend at the Ryder Cup? If the Bodog golf oddsmakers have it right, Rory McIlory will be at the top with several golfers following closely behind.
McIlroy heads the list with 5/1 odds, though he isn’t playing particularly well right now. The Irishman has finished 37th, 37th and 56th in his past three tournaments, respectively. That’s a tremendous cool-down for McIlroy, as he’d racked up three straight finishes in the Top-10 before that, including third-place finishes at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.
England’s Lee Westwood is nipping at McIlroy’s heels with 6/1 odds to be the top European scorer at the Ryder Cup. The England native hasn’t made too many stops on the PGA Tour this season but when he has, he’s been brilliant. Westwood has finished in the Top-10 six times despite playing in just 11 tournaments. That includes some very impressive efforts at the majors, as Westwood finished second at both the U.S. Open and The Masters. Pressure obviously won’t affect him at all.
Like Westwood, Martin Kaymer checks in with 6/1 Ryder Cup odds among European players. He, too, has spent most of his time across the pond. When he did play on the PGA Tour, the German fared quite well, finishing among the Top-10 in three of his last four starts — all of them majors. That includes a victory at the PGA Championship in August.
Graeme McDowell isn’t far behind with 7/1 odds. McDowell hasn’t been quite as hot. He’s finished higher than 22nd just once in his last seven stops on the PGA Tour, although that one time was pretty impressive — a victory at the U.S. Open.