Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The unbeaten Saints meet the Falcons, the winless Nets take on the Bobcats, and the World Series stages Game 5 in Philly. Footage of Brandon Spikes eye gouging has emerged—the dirty Florida Gator performed the cheap shot against Georgia. Phillies fans still are bemoaning how the Johnny Damon double steal happened.
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Colliding on the gridiron . . .
The Saints will host the Falcons for Monday Night Football this week, with New Orleans looking to keep its perfect record intact. The Saints (6-0 SU, 6-0 ATS) thumped the Dolphins 46-34 in Miami last time out, despite Drew Brees throwing for only 298 yards and one touchdown and getting picked off three times. Brees also ran for a pair of scores in that victory, while Reggie Bush rushed for a touchdown as well. Marques Colston had five catches for 72 yards and a score.
The Falcons (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) fell 37-21 to the Cowboys in Dallas in their last game, as Matt Ryan went 19-of-35 for 198 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Michael Turner was held to 50 yards on the ground but scored one TD, while Roddy White and Eric Weems had touchdown catches. The oddsmakers like the Saints to roll over their division rival at home on Monday, as they’re 11-point favorites. The total for the matchup sits at 55 points.
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Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The World Series remains in Philadelphia on Monday for Game 5 of the set, with the Phillies turning to ace Cliff Lee to get them a victory. Lefthander Lee dazzled the Yankees in the series opener, holding them to one unearned run on six hits over nine innings while fanning 10 batters. Lee is now 3-0 with a no-decision in four playoff starts, with an ERA of 0.54. The Yankees will send A.J. Burnett to the mound; righthander Burnett won Game 2, allowing one run in his seven innings.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA offers up five games on Monday night, with New Orleans at New York, Houston at Utah, Memphis at Sacramento, Minnesota at the Clippers, and New Jersey at Charlotte. The Nets (0-3 SU, 0-2-1 ATS) were beaten 123-104 by the Wizards in Washington last time out, with Chris Douglas-Roberts tossing in a team-high 25 points in that defeat. The Bobcats (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) fell 90-79 on the road to the Cavs in their last game, with Gerald Wallace picking up 11 points.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there are three games on tap in the National Hockey League on Monday, with TampaBay at Philadelphia, Edmonton at the Islanders, and Los Angeles at Phoenix. The Kings (8-4-2) were beaten 2-1 in a shootout by the Canucks in their last game on Thursday night, with Scott Parse scoring in regulation and Jon Quick making 14 saves. The Coyotes (9-4-0) beat the Ducks 3-2 at home on Saturday in a shootout, with Robert Lang and Vernon Fiddler providing markers.
If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints meet at Louisiana Superdome.
Oddsmakers currently have the Saints listed as 12-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game’s total is sitting at 55½.
The Falcons lost to Dallas 37-21 as a 5-point underdog in Week 7. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (48).
Matt Ryan passed for 198 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and Roddy White caught six passes for 50 yards and a TD.
The Saints defeated Miami 46-34 as a 6.5-point favorite in Week 7. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (48).
Drew Brees passed for 298 yards with a touchdown pass, three interceptions and two TD runs for New Orleans, while Jeremy Shockey caught four passes for 105 yards in the win.
Current streak: New Orleans has won 6 straight games.
Team records: Atlanta: 4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS New Orleans: 6-0 SU, 6-0 ATS
Atlanta most recently: When playing in November are 6-4 When playing on turf are 7-3 After being outgained are 7-3 When playing within the division are 4-6
New Orleans most recently: When playing in November are 5-5 When playing on turf are 8-2 After outgaining opponent are 8-2 When playing within the division are 5-5
A few trends to consider: Atlanta is 19-5-1 ATS in its last 25 games when playing on the road against New Orleans Atlanta is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Atlanta’s last 25 games on the road Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games New Orleans is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home New Orleans is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Next up: Atlanta home to Washington, Sunday, November 8 New Orleans home to Carolina, Sunday, November 8
The New York Yankees will be gunning for a title-clinching victory on Monday when they meet the Philadelphia Phillies at CitizensBankPark in Game 5 of the World Series.
The Yankees will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander AJ Burnett in this game. Burnett has a 14-9 record and a 3.99 ERA this season.
The Phillies will counter Burnett with Cliff Lee. Lefthander Lee has a 2.89 ERA to go along with a 17-13 record this season.
Odds aren’t yet posted for this game, so check back later for the opening line and total.
The Yankees defeated Philadelphia 7-4 as a -170 favorite in Game 4 on Sunday, and the 11 runs scored went OVER the posted total (8.5).
Jorge Posada drove in three runs for the Yankees and Johnny Damon was 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in that win.
Pedro Feliz was 3-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Phillies, while Chase Utley was 2-4 with a homer and two RBI.
Team records: New York: 103-59 SU Philadelphia: 93-69 SU
New York most recently: When playing on Monday are 6-4 Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4 After playing Philadelphia are 9-1 After a win are 7-3
Philadelphia most recently: When playing on Monday are 6-4 Before playing NY Yankees are 6-4 After playing NY Yankees are 1-9 After a loss are 5-5
A few trends to consider: The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games on the road NY Yankees are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 8 games when playing Philadelphia The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games at home The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 8 games when playing NY Yankees The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia’s last 11 games Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
Next up: Philadelphia at NY Yankees, Wednesday, November 4
Virginia Tech at East Carolina Thursday night on ESPN is perhaps the most intriguing of the weeknight matchups. The Hokies are a 12.5 point road favorite at the sportsbooks
The college football spread trends are up for the point spread football games. Which handicapper will have the biggest pick on this contest? Perhaps it is Grandmaster sports handicapper Joe Duffy the former General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network and CEO of OffshoreInsiders.comthe premier hub of world-class handicappers.
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NFL weather should not play a major factor, though the World Series game 4 weather will have temperatures much lower than last night and possibly more rain. Here is week 8 NFL key injury news for beating the NFL point spread and the World Series weather.
There is a 67 percent chance of rain around first pitch, but much like last night, the rain will decrease as the game goes on. By , rain possibility is just eight percent. Wind will only be 4 mph. CC Sabathia will be pitching on three days rest for New York.
Broncos vs. Ravens
There is a 72 percent chance of rain at kickoff staying steady throughout the game.
Dolphins vs. Jets
Jets WRsJerrichoCotchery and David Clowney will play, but CB Lito Sheppard is doubtful. LB Channing Crowder is out for Miami.
Vikings vs. Packers
Minnesota WR Percy Harvin will plays despite missing two practices with migraine headaches. Pro Bowl CB Antoine Winfield is out for the Nordics.
Texans vs. Bills
Houston WR Andre Johnson gets the start.
Giants vs. Eagles
It’s finally official, but no surprise: the Eagles have ruled out RB Brian Westbrook. Speedy LeSean McCoy gets the start. Giants WR Mario Manningham will play. Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw is probable.
Colts vs. 49ers
Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne and LB Dwight Freeney will start.
Rams vs. Lions
For Detroit QB Matt Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson will be game time decisions. Stafford missed the last two games and Detroit is off a bye week. However Cy McCormick of the MasterLockLine says his sources say Johnson will play, Stafford is truly 50/50.
Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Packers host the Vikings, NASCAR takes on Talladega, and the Phillies and Yanks play Game 4 of the Fall Classic.
Colliding on the gridiron . . .
The Broncos and Colts will both try to remain perfect when they take the field in early-afternoon NFL action on Sunday. Denver (6-0 SU, 6-0 ATS) will be on the road against Baltimore (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS), and they’ve been listed by the oddsmakers as 3-point road ‘dogs (with the total at 41.5 points). Indianapolis (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) will be hosting San Francisco (3-3 SU, 4-1-1 ATS) in their matchup; the Colts are 13-point favorites, with the game’s total at 44.5 points.
The other early games on Sunday (NFL point spread): Houston (-3.5) at Buffalo, Cleveland at Chicago (-13), Seattle at Dallas (-9.5), St. Louis at Detroit (-4), Miami at the Jets (-3.5), and the Giants (-1) at Philadelphia. The key game is then Minnesota at Green Bay (-3), with Vikings QB Brett Favre returning to Lambeau Field to take on his old team. Rounding out the NFL slate: Oakland at San Diego (-16.5), Jacksonville at Tennessee (-3), and the finally Carolina at Arizona (-10).
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There’s also one college football game on Sunday night, with Marshall at Central Florida (college football odds). UCF is pegged as a 7-point favorite, with the contest’s total at 43 points.
As well, the CFL offers up Winnipeg at Montreal on Sunday afternoon. Oddsmakers have the Alouettes as 9-point home faves, with a total of 51 points.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The World Series remains in Philadelphia for Game 4 on Sunday night, with Joe Blanton getting the ball for the home side. Righthander Blanton has made three appearances so far in the playoffs, picking up a no-decision against the Dodgers in the NLCS (three earned runs over six innings). The Yankees will counter with CC Sabathia, who was tagged with the loss in Game 1 (two earned runs over seven innings). Lefthander Sabathia has a 1.52 ERA through four playoff starts.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA offers up seven games on Sunday, with Orlando at Toronto, Chicago at Miami, Portland at Oklahoma City, Memphis at Denver, Minnesota at Phoenix, Atlanta at the Lakers, and New Orleans at Boston. The 1-1 Hornets are coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday night, with Chris Paul pouring in a game-high 31 points in that contest. The 3-0 Celtics dispatched Chicago 118-90 last time out, with Paul Pierce and Eddie House both scoring 22 points in the win. Taking a trip around the rink . . .
There are four games on the National Hockey League’s schedule for Sunday, with San Jose at Carolina, Columbus at Washington, Colorado at Vancouver, and Boston at the Rangers. The Rangers lost their second straight game last time out, falling 3-2 in Minnesota on Friday night. Dane Byers and Marc Staal had the markers for New York in the loss, and HenrikLundqvist made 29 saves.
Roaring around the track . . .
The Sprint Cup Series takes to the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday for the seventh race of the Chase, the Amp Energy 500. Tony Stewart is pegged as the 7/1 Vegas favorite to get the win at Talladega, with Jeff Gordon next at 15/2, and Kyle Busch third at 8/1. Juan Montoya is listed at 9/1 odds to take the checkered flag on Sunday, with points leader Jimmie Johnson fifth at 10/1 odds. Johnson holds a 118-point lead on Mark Martin in the driver standings.
Finally, the 2009 Formula 1 season comes to a close Sunday with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Jenson Button has already wrapped up the ‘09 drivers championship.
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I was pretty high on these Seahawks before the season began as I believed last season’s failures were just a one time thing but right now I am starting to believe that I was dead wrong. Even when healthy and with Matt Hasselbeck the Seahawks are rapidly becoming a joke. Every now and then they will look pretty good as they did against the Jaguars a few weeks back in the shutout burial but overall they are not a very good football team right now.
For one thing Jim Mora is a far less than average coach. We saw that with the Falcons and he is proving this once again here with Seattle. Also, perenially the ‘Hawks always have trouble on the road and playing in Jerry Jones’ new playground is not exactly advantageous to the visitors, just ask Matt Ryan and the Falcons who looked silly last week.
You also have to factor in how Mora’s crew is far from healthy and with LofaTatupu out along with numerous others the boys from Big D are going to take advantage and have their way.
Also Hasselbeck and the offense was beyond terrible in that debacle of a game against Kurt Warner and the Cardinals in the Great Northwest and come in here with absolutely no momentum at all. TJ Houshmandzadeh has not been all that and there is some friction between he and his new teammates.
Dallas meanwhile seemingly has turned things around as they have been winning some games of late and have developed a great wide receiver in Miles Austin. Tony Romo to Austin looks like Troy Aikman to Michael Irvin and that will certainly help out a top five, at worst, running game led by Marion Barber and Felix Jones.
It’s a tough tough spot for a banged up and pretty poor Seattle team to be able to compete in. Dallas may not be a blowout team but on this day I believe they will be.
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