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Steelers-Titans and Vikings-Texans off the board due to COVID

By Ben Fawkes  ( 

September 29, 2020 11:44 PM

The NFL joined the list of professional sports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, as the NFL announced that three players and five team personnel members of the Tennessee Titans tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Titans closed their facilities until Saturday and issued a statement saying that they did so "out of the abundance of caution." 

The Minnesota Vikings -- the team Tennessee defeated 31-30 on Sunday -- also closed their facilities until Saturday, but have reported no positive tests so far.

Most Las Vegas sportsbooks took the Steelers-Titans and Vikings-Texans Week 4 games off the board on Tuesday morning. The Texans were consensus 3.5-point home favorites, while the Steelers were consensus 2-point road favorites.

"We took the Titans down relatively soon after the announcement came down, and followed up with the Vikings when they announced no one could enter their practice facilities," Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at The Borgata said on VSiN. "We'll put [the games] back up when we have some news, but with the uncertainty they're going to be down for the time being."

Gable stipulated that house rules dictate the game must be played between the two teams at the same location within a week of the scheduled date to be considered action. Otherwise, all bets on the games will be refunded.

FanDuel Sportsbook took the Steelers-Titans game off the board, but kept up Vikings-Texans, and moved the Texans to 4.5-point favorites.

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