Though the betting lines are reflecting the strong possibility that teams like the Bengals, Colts, and/or Patriots won’t go all out on Sunday against the Jets, Bills, and/or Texans, respectively, something has caused multiple sports books to yank the Saints-Panthers game off the board.
A tipster tells us that the Saints are expected to activate quarterback Chase Daniel from the practice squad, and that Mark Brunell and Daniel will share the duties at quarterback, with starter Drew Brees not playing.
The fact that there’s no line suggests that Vegas has yet to get a feel for whether the Saints will or won’t use Brees.
The Saints clinched the top seed in the NFC playoff field when the Vikings lost in overtime to the Bears on Monday night.
UPDATE: Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated says that the Saints’ depth chart at quarterback for Sunday is expected to be Mark Brunell as the starter, Chase Daniel as the backup, and Drew Brees as the emergency quarterback.