NFL Sunday Highlights, New NCAAF Top Five, MLB Playoffs, Moore at Vegas, Kenseth at Talladega, El Classico 2-2, + Free Play for Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday NFL Highlights

The Atlanta Falcons overcame three deficits to stay undefeated with a 24-17 win at Washington. Matt Ryan threw for 345 yards and two scores for the Dirty Birds. Robert Griffin III was lost to the Skins in the third quarter with a minor concussion and did not return. Tom Brady improved his personal head-to-head record over Peyton Manning to 9-4 as the Pats beat the Broncos 31-21 at Foxboro. Brady was 23-31 for 233 and a touchdown in victory while Manning was 31-44 for 344 and three TDs in the loss.

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive as the New Orleans Saints outscored San Diego 17-0 down the stretch for a 31-24 win. Brees was 29-45 for 370 yards and 4 TDs, three to Marques Colston. The Bolts have nobody to blame but themselves as a Brees pick six that would have given San Diego a 31-14 lead was negated by a senseless roughing the passer penalty opened the floodgates.

In tonight’s Monday Night Football action, the undefeated Houston Texas are -9 at the Meadowlands against the 2-2 Jets. The total has seen movement in both directions opening at 40.5, rising a click to 41, then dropping to 40 at this writing. Weather at Exit 16W is expected to be partly cloudy with light winds, temperature at game time is expected to be around 54. As always, kickoff is at 8:35 PM EST on ESPN.

New faces atop the new AP Top 25

The Associated Press Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Vote Previous

1 Alabama (60) 5-0 1,500 1
2 Oregon 6-0 1,435 2
3 South Carolina 6-0 1,359 6
4 Florida 5-0 1,265 10
5 West Virginia 5-0 1,260 8
6 Kansas State 5-0 1,217 7
7 Notre Dame 5-0 1,176 9
8 Ohio State 6-0 1,053 12
9 LSU 5-1 938 4
10 Oregon State 4-0 873 14
11 USC 4-1 812 13
12 Florida State 5-1 800 3
13 Oklahoma 3-1 756 17
14 Georgia 5-1 733 5
15 Texas 4-1 711 11
16 Clemson 5-1 657 15
17 Stanford 4-1 587 18
18 Louisville 5-0 494 19
19 Mississippi State 5-0 450 20
20 Rutgers 5-0 331 22
21 Cincinnati 4-0 205 NR
22 Texas A&M 4-1 153 NR
23 Louisiana Tech 5-0 129 NR
24 Boise State 4-1 114 NR
25 Michigan 3-2 82 NR

Tigers and Reds go up 2-0, Yanks and Nats win openers

The MLB playoffs are in full swing and the Tigers and Reds are off to commanding 2-0 leads in their respective ALDS series. The Tigers got a ninth inning sacrifice fly from Don Kelly to beat the A’s 5-4. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera had three hits for Detroit. Oakland must now in all three home games to advance. In San Francisco, Bronson Arroyo and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Reds pummeled the Giants 9-0. Ryan Lugwig homered and Ryan Hanigan had three RBIs for Cincinnati who can close the series out at home on Tuesday.

The Yankees and Nats both opened their ALDS series on the road and both won. The Bronx Bombers got five in the top of the ninth to turn back Baltimore 7-2. Derek Jeter and Ichiro combined for four hits, three runs, and two RBIs at the top of the order and CC Sabathia went 8 2/3 strong innings for the win. Tyler Moore’s pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth propelled the Nats to a 3-2 win over St Louis. The Cardinals could manage just three hits off Gio Gonzalez and four Nat relievers.

Game Two of the Yankees/Orioles and Nats/Cards series are tonight. In the 4:35 PM EST opener, St Louis and Jamie Garcia is a slight 110 favorite over Jordan Zimmerman and the Nats. The total is 7.5 and shaded 20 cents to the under. In the 8:05 PM EST nightcap, veteran Andy Pettitte and the Yankees are -135 road favorites over Baltimore’s Chen. The total has been set at 8 with the over -117.

Moore wins in Vegas

UNLV product Ryan Moore was best on the first day and most importantly on the last day to post a one shot won over Brendon De Jonge at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Moore shot 24-under for the tournament at TPC Summerlin, one better than De Jong and four better than Jonas Blixt.

Kenseth survives final lap wreck at Talladega

Matt Kenseth was in the right place at the right time as he avoided a massive 20-car wreck on tune three the final lap to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jeff Gordon finished second with Kyle Busch third. Tony Stewart led going into the final lap but got down into Michael Waltrip and Kasey Mears triggering the huge multi-car wreck that sent Stewart’s No.14 airborn. Brad Keselowski saw his lead in the Chase improve to 14 points over Jimmie Johnson and 23 points over Denny Hamlin.

Dramatic wreck during final lap at Talladega

Messi and Ronaldo with two each in El Classico tie

The two best soccer players on the planet were on display in La Liga’s first “El Classico” of the season and neither player disappointed. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo both scored two goals as the clubs battled to a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp. Ronaldo opened the scoring midway through the first half by beating Victor Valdez near post. Messi got the equalizer eight minutes later when Real Madrid got sloppy clearing it’s own zone. In the 60th minute, Messi scored on a brilliant free kick but Ronaldo got his brace six minutes later to assure the draw. A loss would have been devastating to Real Madrid who already trail Barca by eight points after just seven matches in La Liga.

Free Plays

(MLB) NY Yankees (Pettitte) -134 over Baltimore (Chen) 8:05 PM EST