Week Seven of the NFL, Giants force Game Seven, New NCAAF BSC and AP, Kenseth wins at Kansas, Indiana wins first WNBA title + Free Play for Monday, October 22, 2012

NFL Week Seven Recap, Texans crush Ravens

Week Seven of the NFL produced a mixed bag or results with betting trends just about split right down the middle. Including Thursday night’s Seattle/San Francisco result, favorites are 6-5-1 (considering Minnesota a push) and the over/under deadlocked at 6-6. Home teams went a luke warm 7-5 this week and there were no straight up home dogs.

On the field, the Houston Texans made a statement by routing Baltimore 43-13. Houston rebounded from last week’s first loss of the year to Green Bay and proved that the Texans can play defense without MLB Brian Cushing. Houston held Joe Flacco to just 21-43 passing for 147 yards, a score, and two picks. The Texans outgained Baltimore 420-176, had 27 first downs to the Raven’s 12, and owning the ball for better than 38 minutes.

Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz with a 77-yard touchdown pass with just 1:13 remaining to lift the Giants to a 27-23 win over the Redskins. RG III had a couple of long touchdown passes to Santana Moss in a losing effort. Aaron Rodgers was nearly flawless for the second straight week going 30-37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers dispatched the Rams 30-20. Drew Brees threw for 377 yards and four tochdowns in the Saints come-from-behind 35-28 win over Tampa Bay. In the late games, the Pats and the Raiders both won in overtime. Oakland came back from down 20-6 to win 26-23. In the Sunday night game, Pittsburg continued it’s dominance over Cincinnati with a 24-17 road win.

An old school black and blue division matchup between the Lions and Bears highlights tonight’s Monday Night Football action. The Bears opened as -6.5 home favorites and that number has not changed. The total is down half a tick to 47 from it’s opener. Chicago has won seven of eight in the series and are 5-1 ATS coming out of their L6 byes. All four of their wins are by 16+ and the lone loss was a short week Thursday night trip to Green Bay. Detroit looks to get back on track. Two of their last three games have gone to overtime. NFC dogs are now 34-7 for the year and not surprisingly the dog is 4-1 in Detroit’s five games. Kickoff as always is at 8:35 PM EST on ESPN. You will need to check weather closer to game time as there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms at Soldier Field with gusty winds. Game time temperature is expected to be around 65 degrees.

Giants spank Cards 6-1 to force decisive NLCS Game Seven

The NLCS will come down to a final and decisive Game Seven after the Giants beat St Louis 6-1 on Sunday night. San Francisco jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two inning and then cruised behind Ryan Vogelsong who pitched seven innings of four-hit one-run ball. Marco Scutaro led the offense with two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored. The Kung Fu Panda, Pedro Sandoval. chipped in with two hits and a RBI.

In tonight’s win or go home game, the Giants are -132 favorites over the Cardinals with the total of seven shaded a whopping 30 cents to the under. Kyle Lohse faces Matt Cain. Kyle Lohse is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three post-season starts for the Red Birds. He beat Cain in Game Three but allowed 12 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings. Just one scored. Cain has failed to finish six innings in any of his L4 (4.43) starts. St Louis has scored 7-5-6 runs in it’s three runs and just two combined runs in it’s three losses. Tonight’s winner faces a well rested Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Updates College Football AP and BCS Polls

Bama and Oregon stay atop AP Top 25 Poll

AP Top 25

1 Alabama (59) 7-0 1499
2 Oregon 7-0 1424
3 Florida (1) 7-0 1380
4 Kansas State 7-0 1333
5 Notre Dame 7-0 1241
6 LSU 7-1 1172
7 Oregon State 6-0 1106
8 Oklahoma 5-1 1065
9 Ohio State 8-0 1028
10 USC 6-1 944
11 Florida State 7-1 872
12 Georgia 6-1 745
13 Mississippi State 7-0 739
14 Clemson 6-1 713
15 Texas Tech 6-1 653
16 Louisville 7-0 620
17 South Carolina 6-2 591
18 Rutgers 7-0 539
19 Stanford 5-2 421
20 Michigan 5-2 300
21 Boise State 6-1 258
22 Texas A&M 5-2 252
23 Ohio 7-0 181
24 Louisiana Tech 6-1 106
25 West Virginia 5-2 76

Kansas State leapfrogs Ducks in the BCS Poll

BCS Standings

1 Alabama 7-0
2 Florida 7-0
3 Kansas State 7-0
4 Oregon 7-0
5 Notre Dame 7-0
6 LSU 7-1
7 Oregon State 6-0
8 Oklahoma 5-1
9 USC 6-1
10 Georgia 6-1
11 Mississippi State 7-0
12 Florida State 7-1
13 South Carolina 6-2
14 Texas Tech 6-1
15 Rutgers 7-0
16 Louisville 7-0
17 Stanford 5-2
18 Clemson 6-1
19 West Virginia 5-2
20 Texas A&M 5-2
21 Boise State 6-1
22 Michigan 5-2
23 Texas 5-2
24 Ohio 7-0
25 Wisconsin 6-2

Kenseth wins at Kansas, Keselowski retains Chase lead

In a race that saw 14 cautions. Matt Kenseth managed to get his battered Ford to finish line first to win the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex Jr, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. The newly repaved Speedway surface was responsible for multiple tire problems, wrecks, and single car spins. The longest uninterrupted green flag run in the race was just 35 laps. Brad Keselowski finished 8th, Jimmie Johnson 9th, as Keselowski maintained his seven point advantage over Johnson in the Chase with four races left. Denny Hamlin is 20 points back in third with Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne rounding out the top five. Next up is the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Indiana Fever wins it’s first WNBA championship

Tamika Catchings iced the WNBA finals MVP with 25 points and 8 assists as the Indiana Fever beat the the Minnesota Lynx 87-78 to capture the Fever’s first WNBA title. Indiana won the best-of-five series three games to one over the defending WNBA champions.

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(NCAAF) Toledo -8.5 over Buffalo (Sat, Oct 27, 3:30 PM EST)