Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - Rth@ran­dallthe­han­dle.com ran­dall­han­dle

Quar­ter­back is the most im­por­tant po­si­tion on the field. You prob­a­bly knew that but in case you don’t agree, the move­ment on a se­lect pair of games this week should val­i­date the no­tion. When Hous­ton QB De­shaun Watson was un­ex­pect­edly lost for the sea­son after sus­tain­ing a torn ACL in prac­tice this week, his Tex­ans went from be­ing a 13-point favourite to just a 6½-point choice over the vis­it­ing the Colts to­day. By com­par­i­son, it was thought that Dal­las RB Ezekiel El­liott would be­gin serv­ing his un­re­solved sus­pen­sion this week and that had the Chiefs and Cow­boys hov­er­ing around pick’em for most of the week. When it was an­nounced that Dal­las’ star player would be suit­ing up to­day, the ‘Boys jumped to a 2½-point pick ... A game that moved with­out in­jury in­flu­ence saw the in­con­sis­tent Jaguars open as a 3½-point choice over the Ben­gals but the mar­ket­place thought it to be too low, buy­ing it up to a cur­rent price of Jack­sonville -5½. The 4-3 Jags have not won or lost con­sec­u­tive games this sea­son hav­ing flip flopped vic­to­ries and de­feats. Jack­sonville is off a win but they are 0-2 both straight up and against the spread (ATS) in two true home games (third ‘home’ game was in Eng­land) this sea­son. As hosts, Jax has man­aged just eight cov­ers in pre­vi­ous 25 times it has been home chalk … Who knows which two teams show up to­day when At­lanta vis­its Carolina? Both have been er­ratic and un­re­li­able but the bet­ting mar­ket seems to feel that At­lanta is the lessor li­a­bil­ity as the Pan­thers opened as a 2-point pick be­fore the Fal­cons sud­denly were made favourite’s by the same two points. Carolina is 0-3 ATS at home this year while the Birds are on a cur­rent 0-4 skid ver­sus the num­ber and have cov­ered just one of four road games this sea­son. What caused the swing is any­body’s guess.

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