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New NFL COVID Protocols Impact Betting Odds

Observant bettors knew that something was up earlier today when the line for Raiders vs. Colts went from Indianapolis -7.5 down to -6.5, and then -6. COVID has had such a huge impact on the sports world over the last several weeks (well, more like 18+ months) and it seemed like that was the reason for the move.

Those guesses were confirmed when it was announced that Carson Wentz tested positive for COVID-19. Sportsbooks raced to adjust the line down to Colts -2.5 or even as low as -1.5. Then, mere hours after the Wentz announcement, the NFL and NFLPA completely changed all protocols to group vaccinated and unvaccinated players as one and the same. Instead of facing a minimum of 10 days in isolation and quarantine as an unvaccinated player, Wentz can now be cleared in time to play Sunday’s game, which pushed the line back out to -6.5 or -7.

The new rules state that fully vaccinated players can "test out" of quarantine and return in fewer than five days. Unvaccinated players must be quarantined at least five days from the date of the positive test. Symptoms must "resolve or improve" for a player to be cleared and go at least 24 hours without a fever.

This is still very much a fluid situation in terms of players getting cleared and unvaccinated players that test positive for the first time on Wednesday or later will be unavailable, so bettors will have to watch very closely for the last two weeks of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs, but the protocols now give players a much greater chance of being cleared in time for the game.

Wednesday’s Lineup

  • 7 a.m. ET Follow The Money with Mitch Moss & Pauly Howard
  • 10 a.m. A Numbers Game with Gill Alexander
  • listen_liveNoon The Lombardi Line with Dave Ross & Michael Lombardi
  • 2 p.m. Odds On with Amal Shah & Mike Palm
  • 3 p.m. Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard & Josh Appelbaum
  • 4 p.m. The Edge with Jonathan Von Tobel & Wes Reynolds
  • 5 p.m. My Guys in The Desert with Femi Abebefe
  • 6 p.m. Rush Hour with Danny Burke
  • 7 p.m. Prime Time Action with Gill Alexander & Adam Burke
  • 10 p.m. The Night Cap with Tim Murray & Shaun King
  • 1 a.m. The Lookahead with Scott Seidenberg

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Special Offer Includes Point Spread Weekly

Wednesday is a big day for us at VSiN because a new edition of Point Spread Weekly gets released. This week’s edition has feature articles covering a wide variety of topics:

  • Matt Youmans talked to other handicappers and oddsmakers about the College Football Playoff
  • Dave Tuley and Will Hill with their own unique perspectives on every Week 17 game
  • Steve Makinen on what Super Bowl teams have in common
  • Brady Kannon on late-season NFL handicapping

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Wednesday Bowl Betting Guide

Four of the five bowl games on Tuesday were played and hopefully we get all three that are still scheduled for Wednesday. The Fenway Bowl was canceled over the weekend, but three bowl games are still listed on the odds board.

Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (2:15 p.m ET) (ESPN)
Cheez-It Bowl: Iowa State vs. Clemson (5:45 p.m. ET) (ESPN)
Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Oklahoma (9:15 p.m. ET) (ESPN)

Best bets for those three bowls and the four bowl games scheduled for Thursday from Adam Burke and Matt Youmans. READ MORE

(Best bets bowl games through Jan. 4 will be added Wednesday night and Thursday morning)

  • Chris Andrews: Inside the betting action at the South Point and around the betting markets from Chris on the bowl games through Thursday. KEEP READING
  • Matt Youmans: Bowl bets for four upcoming games, including the First Responder Bowl, from Youmans. CONTINUE READING
  • Adam Kramer: The bettor’s guide to this week’s bowl action, including the College Football Playoff Semifinals. READ MORE


Check out the latest betting splits for today’s bowl games—and all the others, which are updated throughout the day.

Other Stories on VSiN.com


Free for all readers, Greg Peterson’s spotlight game and best bet features an ACC clash between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Louisville Cardinals (7 p.m. ET) READ MORE

  • Steve Makinen: Speaking of conference play, Steve highlights teams that do better in conference play compared to non-conference and vice versa. READ MORE
  • Adam Burke: Looking at early-season strength of schedule and some teams to fade or follow this week and beyond. KEEP READING
  • Subscribers can see Peterson’s spread and total lines for every game on the board. GO HERE
  • Listen for best bets and expert insights on every CBB game on Peterson’s Coast to Coast Hoops podcast. LISTEN HERE


Andy MacNeil’s daily best bets and market report for today’s games in the NHL is posted mid-to-late morning. GO HERE

Jonathan Von Tobel’s NBA best bets and market report returns on Wednesday and is also posted mid-to-late morning. GO HERE

Bowl previews, show segments and much, much more can be found on our VSiN YouTube page. Subscribe and never miss a new clip. WATCH NOW

Betting splits for NBA, NHL, CBB, CFB, and NFL

Go Deeper on Your Local Teams

Want more sports betting analysis on your hometown teams?

Our roster of sports betting analysts bring you updates on local news surrounding your favorite teams the new CityCast podcast network, brought to you by BetRivers, your hometown sportsbook, and PlaySugarHouse.com in New York.

Here are the podcasts we’ve launched so far:

Josh Appelbaum & Dave Tuley

Josh Appelbaum: Josh has a sharp money report on the early betting action for NFL Week 17, plus some systems and trends you’ll want to know about. READ MORE

Also, listen to Josh’s latest Market Insights podcast. LISTEN HERE

Dave Tuley: "Tuley’s Takes" for Wednesday features a recap of bowl action and updates from NBA, NHL and CBB, along with best bets for tonight’s matchups. READ MORE

VSiN betting resources

  • VSIN BEST BETS PODCAST:Never miss a show. Get one-hour segments of every show in podcast format, posted shortly after they finish. LISTEN HERE.
  • VIDEO: Replays are posted HERE.
  • LIVE ODDS: Comparisons from legal states HERE.
  • TOOLS: Parlay calculator posted HERE.
  • BETTING SHEETS: From South Point and Circa posted HERE

"How To"

New to betting on sports? Need a refresher now that the football season is here? We have lots of great "How To" articles for those eager to learn how to bet like the pros. GO HERE

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