NFL Week 9 Q&A: What are the odds …?

The Packers have played the majority of their last two games without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and they’ve lost both.

Rodgers was knocked out of Green Bay’s 23-10 loss to the Vikings two weeks ago with a broken collarbone, prompting Brett Hundley to get a crash course on NFL competition.

This week, the Packers host the Lions on Monday having won 24 of their last 25 regular-season home games against Detroit. While the Packers are riding a two-game losing streak, the Lions have dropped three straight, tumbling to third in the NFC North.

The Lions moved the ball all game last week, but settled for five field goals and no touchdowns in a 20-15 loss to the Steelers. Void of a running game and elite red-zone receiving options, Matthew Stafford has his hands full helping the Lions produce more touchdowns.

So, what are the odds the Packers continue their astonishing home success against the Lions?

Hundley has struggled moving the offense since taking over, but rookie running back Aaron Jones has emerged with two 125-plus yard efforts in his last three games. Coming off their bye, the Packers have a great chance of getting back on track this week against the reeling Lions.

Here are a few other NFL questions for Week 9:

— What are the odds … the Saints earn their sixth straight win?

Surprisingly, defense has helped the Saints rise to the top of the ever-changing NFC South. Drew Brees has struggled with turnovers in recent weeks, but running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have broken out since Adrian Peterson was traded to the Cardinals.

Ingram fumbled twice late last week in a win over the Bears, but the former Alabama star has 294 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in his last three games. Ingram had lost only three fumbles in his seven-year career before last Sunday.

New Orleans hosts the division-rival Buccaneers on Sunday. The Saints have won five of their last six at home against the Bucs while forcing 11 turnovers against them in that span.

If Brees can find a bit more consistency and the defense can continue making big plays, then the Saints have a great chance at earning their sixth straight win.

— What are the odds … Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V catches another touchdown this week?

Fuller, having played just four games this season, already has seven touchdown receptions. He has caught at least one touchdown in every game he’s played, and he has three multiple touchdown games. 

Tom Savage steps in at quarterback after Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending ACL injury Thursday. 

It should help the Savage-to-Fuller chemistry this week that the Texans host a Colts defense ranked 31st in pass defense, allowing 290.4 yards per game. Indianapolis has lost its last five road games, allowing an average of 37 points in that time. Even with Savage replacing Watson, Fuller has a great chance at hauling in another score this week.

— What are the odds … Brock Osweiler succeeds in Philadelphia?

Trevor Siemian tossed three more interceptions last week in a loss to the Chiefs, so Denver will turn to Osweiler this week against the 7-1 Eagles. Osweiler, remember, was basically run out of Houston after just one season last year.

After a short stint with the Browns, he wound up back with the Broncos and now has an opportunity to start. Demaryius Thomas had two touchdown catches the last time Denver faced the Philadelphia, but he has not yet found the end zone this season.

Receiver Emmanuel Sanders practiced Wednesday, putting him in line to return from a knee injury that held him out the last two weeks, but Osweiler still faces long odds this week.

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