Player Comebacks Will Be A Huge Part Of The 2012 Season
As you go through sports betting odds for the 2012 NFL regular season, a major storyline will be the return of a few stars that were injured, but are coming back to the field and they’re going to be in the spotlight for their teams. Here are five returning players that will have a lot of pressure on them to play at the level they were at before getting hurt.
Manning is obviously going to be at the top of the list after missing all of last year due to neck surgery, which caused Indianapolis to part ways with their four-time MVP and the man that led them to a Super Bowl. Manning is now a Denver Bronco and they have so much faith in him that they traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, and Manning is the type of player that will have a chip on his shoulder all season as many NFL betting players and experts have counted him out. Denver has some talented young receivers; it’ll be a fun year to watch at Mile High and sportsbooks are already piling on the pressure as the Broncos jumped to the top of the AFC West odds as soon as they signed Manning and he put on a No.18 jersey. Reports say that he looks as good as he did before his surgery; let’s hope for his sake that Manning is back to his best.
Kolb was signed to Arizona before last season in an attempt to solve their starting-quarterback issue, but he played just nine games due to various ailments, notably concussion problems and that is something that has to worry Cardinals fans because now, it looks like John Skelton is the starter. Kolb said he was healthy, although there were a few setbacks early this year, but the Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald and much-hyped rookie Michael Floyd on the outside. Someone has to throw the ball to them, and Kolb is their best option…if he is healthy. If he isn’t, the Cardinals will be stuck with an inconsistent Skelton, who tries hard and competes, but he isn’t all that skilled.
Peterson tore his ACL with four games left in the 2011 season, but reportedly he has looked phenomenal in OTAs and even won a few sprinting competitions. Peterson’s return is even more important as receiver Percy Harvin reportedly wants a trade, depending on who you listen to, and the Vikings have a second-year pivot in Christian Ponder that looked shaky last year, and that may be being generous. If the Vikings are going to be competitive, they need Peterson at 100% because if they have to lean on Ponder, it is going to be a long season, especially if the Vikings are without Harvin (or a reasonable substitute).
This may seem like a strange inclusion on this list, but Carolina was one of the most exciting teams to watch last season and some NFL betting sharps think they are a darkhorse in the NFC this season. However, last year’s success was due to the offense and the exploits of rookie quarterback Cam Newton, and the defense couldn’t stop anyone. This was largely due to the absence of Beason, who played just one game last year and the Panthers need him in the middle of their defense, along with Thomas Davis. At 27, Beason is coming into the prime of his career and this season is going to be absolutely massive for his future.
When Cutler is in the mood, he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league and you saw how the Chicago Bears missed him last year and had to go with Caleb Hanie under center; Hanie was game and he tried his best, but he isn’t even close to Cutler, who has one of the strongest arms in the league and has improved his decision-making by leaps and bounds. The Bears even went out and traded for Brandon Marshall, who starred with Cutler when the two were in Denver earlier in his career. This duo is going to be huge for the Bears as they could be without running back Matt Forte, who is in the middle of a contract dispute with a franchise that is notoriously known for paying their players; ask Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. That makes Forte even more important to the Bears’ online betting odds in 2012.