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Several big-name NFL quarterbacks got injured last weekend, creating difficult spots for their teams, and changes in the point spreads. Unsurprisingly, the injury to Ben Roethlisberger has the most significant effect on the spread. Per Pregame.com, here’s how much each starting quarterback’s injury is worth to his team’s point spread: Big Ben: 4 points Jay Cutler: 2 points Alex Smith: 1.5 points Michael Vick: 1 point The difference in the spread is as much to do with the quarterback’s ability as it does the dropoff in talent level compared to the backup. The Pittsburgh Steelers are going from Roethlisberger to Byron Leftwich. Roethlisberger and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are on a close level, but the difference in backups is huge. Chicago’s backup quarterback is Jason Campbell, who led the Raiders to an 11-7 record as their starter the past two seasons. Leftwich started five games from 2007-2011, and his teams went 0-5. The 49ers have been winning mostly thanks to their defense ...
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