Pats stunned, Bama-LSU now 1-2, MLB Diamond Dust, Malkin to KHL, Nascar + Free Plays for Monday, September 17, 2012

Cards stun Pats at Foxboro, Eagles edge Ravens, Saints fall to 0-2

It’s was a mixed bag of results in Week II of the NFL. Heading into Monday night, the dogs are 8-6-1 with the over 8-5-2. With several of the games falling close to or right on the number, SP3 can’t stress enough that you have an adequate number of outs so you get the best of a particular number. SP3s world class sponsors can help you there. Home teams are 13-2 straight up for the week with Indy, Carolina, Miami, Seattle, and St Louis straight up dogs.

One of the two losing homies on Sunday who were upset by the Arizona Cardinals 20-18 at Foxboro when Steve Gostkowski missed a 42-yard FG on the games play. Gostkowski was four-for-four and had connected on 51 and 53 yarders earlier in the game. The Cardinals deserved to win capitalizing on a number of New England mistakes for points including a Brady interception and a blocked punt. They won despite being outgained 387-245 and with Larry Fitzgerald being held to one catch for four yards.

Tonight on MNF, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to Atlanta to face Matty Ice and the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The game opened Atlanta -4 with the total 49 but has been bet to the Dirty Birds -3 and the high/low all the way up to 52 1/2. As usual, kickoff is at 8:35 on ESPN and with game being played indoors, weather will obviously not be a factor.

Bama-LSU now 1-2 in the AP, USC falls to 13th

With USC losing to Stanford, the SEC now has a stranglehold on the AP Top 25 with Alabama and LSU now 1-2. The Tide rolled over an injury riddled Arkansas squad 52-0 while the Bayou Bengals were pounding Idaho 63-14. Oregon pounded Tennessee Tech 63-14 in a body bag game. The No.3 Ducks will face Arizona next week. Florida State moved to fourth in the Top 25. The Seminoles have rolled three tomato cans by a 176-3 aggregate but will get tested this week by Clemson. Georgia moved up two spots to No.5 after a 56-20 beat down of Florida Atlantic.

The Trojans dropped from No2. to No.13 after losing at home. The Cardinal jumped from No.21 to No.9 after their big road win. Other movers and shakers in the poll were Notre Dame who climbed from No.20 to No.11 off their 20-3 win over Michigan State who dropped from No.10 to No.21. Florida jumped four spots to No.14 after their win at Tennessee while Ohio State dropped four spots to No.16 after barely surviving California.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 3-0 1,498 1
2 LSU (2) 3-0 1,433 3
3 Oregon 3-0 1,356 4
4 Florida State 3-0 1,275 5
5 Georgia 3-0 1,203 7
6 Oklahoma 2-0 1,181 5
7 South Carolina 3-0 1,080 8
8 West Virginia 2-0 1,051 9
9 Stanford 3-0 1,009 21
10 Clemson 3-0 899 11
11 Notre Dame 3-0 854 20
12 Texas 3-0 816 14
13 USC 2-1 776 2
14 Florida 3-0 743 18
15 Kansas State 3-0 683 15
16 Ohio State 3-0 680 12
17 TCU 2-0 535 16
18 Michigan 2-1 448 17
19 UCLA 3-0 429 22
20 Louisville 3-0 366 19
21 Michigan State 2-1 318 10
22 Arizona 3-0 296 24
23 Mississippi State 3-0 106 NR
24 Boise State 1-1 95 NR
25 Nebraska 2-1 80 NR

MLB Diamond Dust

To have any chance of running down the Washington Nationals in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves need to sweep the Nats in their weekend series at Turner Field. The Bravos took all three games including the Sunday night ESPN finale 5-1 behind six strong by Mike Minor and a two-run RBI single by Dan Uggla. The Braves trail Washington by 5 1/2 games with 15 to play. The Nats have a game in hand and their magic number (any combination of Nat wins and Braves losses) is 11.

Keselowski wins round one of The Chase

Brad Keselowski passed Jimmie Johnson during a crucial pit cycle with 35 laps to go and led the final 26 to take the checkered flag at Sunday’s Chicagoland Geico 400. With the win, Keselowski takes a three-point lead over Johnson after one race in The Chase, Nascar’s playoff. Kasy Kahne, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five at Chicagoland. Tony Stewart (6th), Denny Hamlin (16th), and Kahne round out the top five in The Chase. Next week it is on to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300 where Tony Stewart is the defending champion.

Malkin and Datsyuk will play in Russia

Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk are the first two NHL marquee players to fly the coop and sign with foreign teams during the lockout. With the KHL (Russian Premier League) accepting two Russian nationals and one additional current NHL foreign born player during the lockout, the KHL looks to be the place to be and has announced several signings including …..

reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin returning to his old club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The Red Wings play-making center Pavel Datsyuk has signed with his former team Ak Bars.The Devils Ilya Kovalchul has signed with SKA St. Petersburg. The Czech league is also drawing interest with Jaromir Jagr and the Habs Tomas Plekanec playing at Kladno. Jagr owns the team and Plekanec started there.

Free Plays

(MLB) Atlanta (Hudson) -135 over Miami (Leblanc) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Philadelphia (Lee) -115 NY Mets (Dickey) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) ChiCubs (Wood) -115 over Pittsburg (Correia) 8:10 PM EST

(MLB) ChiSox (Quintana) +115 over Detroit (Fister) 2:10 PM EST