Today's Sports News
Monday Night Football finally offers up a blockbuster matchup as the 9-3 New England Patriots and 11-1 Houston Texans square off in Foxboro with big AFC playoff stakes on the line (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Last week most NFL betting outlets opened this game with New England favored by five points, and as of Monday morning most books were listing the Patriots at -4.5.
College football's regular season comes to an end this weekend with one of the great rivalries in the sport, while the pro football field heads into the home stretch as NFL teams jockey for playoff positioning with just four games to go.
Here's a quick take on some of this weekend's football betting action, with lines current as of Friday morning.
In a rematch of one of the most exciting games of earlier this season Robert Griffin III leads his 5-6 Washington Redskins against Eli Manning and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on this week's edition of Monday Night Football from DC (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Most NFL betting outlets opened this game with New York favored by one or two points, and have since bumped the Giants to -3.
The featured betting race at Aqueduct on Saturday is the $75,000 Garland of Roses at six furlongs, the race drawing a competitive field of eight fillies and mares.
The Chad Brown trained Kid Kate is the 2-1 morning line favorite, and the six-year-old mare will be making the final start of her career on Saturday.
The mare has won a stake in each year she has been running, and is 8 for 24 in her career with earnings of $463,229. Jockey Eddie Castro gets the call on the mare, who checked in third in the Pentelis in her last outing on Nov. 15.
Most everything having to do with bowl games and BCS berths and the like will be decided this weekend in college football, with the playing of the various conference championship games.
Throw in a full slate of late-season NFL games and we've got the makings of a great weekend of football wagering.
Sometimes the NFL offers up a real lemon for a Monday night game, and unfortunately for fans of good football that's what we get tonight as the all-but-dead Philadelphia Eagles host sophomore slumper Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
These two teams both started out with high hopes for this season; instead, they've both been disasters.
Conference championships, bowl berths, playoff spots and just plain pride are all on the line in football action across the spectrum this weekend. Here's a quick peek at some of what's going on, with betting lines as of Friday morning.
Just three weeks after she trounced the ladies winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), the Buff Bradley trained Groupie Doll is back to seek her fourth Grade 1 win of the year, taking on males on Saturday in the $350,000 Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct.
The filly is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the race, which drew a field of seven and will go off as the eighth race on the card at the Big A that includes three other graded stakes.
Monday night's NFL betting matchup between the 7-2 Chicago Bears and 6-2-1 San Francisco 49ers out by the Bay (8:30 pm ET, ESPN) was already going to be interesting. Now we'll get an idea of how deep these two teams are, as both are likely to start their backup quarterbacks.