Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: September 20

by Dirty on September 20, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Vikings meet up with the Lions, the Giants seek a victory in Dallas, and the Chase gets underway in New Hampshire.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

Brett Favre and his Minnesota Vikings will try to open the season with two straight wins on Sunday when they take on the Lions in Detroit. Favre went 14-of-21 for just 110 yards passing in the team’s 34-20 road win over the Browns in Week 1, while Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and three scores. The Lions were blasted 45-27 in New Orleans in their season opener. The Vikings are pegged as 10-point road favorites for Week 2, with the total for the game at 45.5.

Other 1:00pm ET games for Sunday: Carolina at Atlanta (-6), Cincinnati at Green Bay (-9), Arizona at Jacksonville (-3), Oakland at Kansas City (-3), New Orleans (-1) at Philadelphia, Houston at Tennessee (-6.5), St. Louis at Washington (-9.5), and New England (-3.5) at the Jets. The Patriots escaped with a 25-24 win over Buffalo on Monday night, while the Jets beat Houston 24-7 in their first matchup.

Sunday’s late-afternoon games have Seattle at San Francisco (-1.5), Tampa Bay at Buffalo (-5), Pittsburgh (-3) at Chicago, Cleveland at Denver (-3), and Baltimore at San Diego (-3). The late game then has the Giants at Dallas (-3), with the Cowboys giving their stadium its regular-season debut. New York got past Washington 23-17 last week, while the Cowboys are coming off a 34-21 win over the Bucs. Tony Romo threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

As well, there are two Canadian Football League games on Sunday, with Winnipeg at Montreal, and Edmonton at Saskatchewan. The Alouettes are big 14-point home favorites in their game, while the Riders are 4-point home faves.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

It’ll be Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.94 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (18-8, 2.59 ERA) in this week’s Sunday Night Baseball matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals in St. Louis. Righthander Zambrano took a no-decision against the Brewers last time out, giving up five runs over his five innings of work. Righthander Wainwright picked up a rare loss in his last start, giving up two runs over seven innings against the Marlins. St. Louis had been 7-0 in Wainwright’s previous seven starts.

Also on the NL slate for Sunday: Washington at the Mets, Florida at Cincinnati, San Diego at Pittsburgh, Houston at Milwaukee, Colorado at Arizona, San Francisco at the Dodgers, and Philadelphia at Atlanta. Tim Lincecum (14-5, 2.30 ERA) and Randy Wolf (10-6, 2.34 ERA) are slated to start in the Giants/Dodgers game, with Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.67 ERA in the NL) and Tommy Hanson (10-3, 2.65 ERA) taking the hill for the Phillies and Braves. Hanson is coming off back-to-back scoreless outings, blanking the Mets and the Astros over 15 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, the American League’s Sunday slate offers up Boston at Baltimore, Toronto at Tampa Bay, Kansas City at the White Sox, Detroit at Minnesota, Cleveland at Oakland, the Yankees at Seattle, and the Angels at Texas. John Lackey (10-8, 3.47 ERA) gets the ball for Los Angeles in that contest; righthander Lackey fell to the Red Sox last time out (two earned runs in 7 2-3 innings). The Rangers will counter with lefthander Derek Holland (7-11, 6.01 ERA) on Sunday.

Tipping off on the hardwood  . . .

There’s one matchup on the WNBA’s playoff schedule for Sunday, with Seattle hosting Los Angeles in the deciding contest of the three-game set. The Storm staved off series elimination on Friday night, getting 18 points from Swin Cash in a 75-74 home comeback win. Candace Parker had 15 points in the loss for L.A.

Roaring around the track . . .

The Chase for the Sprint Cup gets going at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon as Tony Stewart and company take the track in the Sylvania 300. Stewart is the 12/5 Vegas favorite to walk away with the championship this year, and he’s followed on that odds list by Jimmie Johnson (5/2) and Jeff Gordon (9/2). Mark Martin, who heads into the Chase as the points leader, is next at 5/1 odds to claim the Cup. Denny Hamlin is fifth on that list at 19/2 odds. Joey Logano won the rain-shortened event at New Hampshire back on June 28.

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