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NFL: The Lions were 5-0 ATS in their last five overall last season and 4-0 ATS in their last four against the NFC.
NFL: The over was 8-2 in the Jaguars’ last 10 overall last season.
NFL: The Falcons were 4-0 ATS in their last four road games last season and 7-2 ATS in their last nine overall.
MLB: The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 overall and the under is 5-0 in their last five overall.
MLB: The Tigers are 4-0 in their last four home games and the over is 7-1 in their last eight overall.
WNBA: Indiana is 6-1 in its last seven home games and the over is 5-1 in its last six overall.
NFL: The Browns were 0-4 ATS in their last four overall, last four home games, and last four against the AFC last season.
MLB: The Padres are 3-13 in their last 16 overall.
MLB: The Red Sox are 1-5 in their last six overall and 1-4 in their last five road games.
WNBA: Phoenix is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.
0 – Number of times the Washington Redskins sacked Eli Manning in two games last season. Not surprisingly, the Giants won both contests. Not even Redskins’ defensive end Brian Orakpo could get to the quarterback. Orakpo has 19.5 sacks in two seasons, seventh most of anyone in the NFL in his first two years in the league since 2000.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Texans' running back Arian Foster continues to be the big injury story heading into Sunday of Week 1. Foster is officially listed as questionable and he confirmed on Friday that he is a game-time decision for Sunday's home date with Indianapolis. The former University of Tennessee star assured that he did not have pain "or any kind of hindrance" while running on Friday. According to the Houston Chronicle, though, Foster also said, "The coaches and I both know...if you rush back a hamstring it's going to bite you again, and it's going to keep biting you." Derrick Ward will get the start with Ben Tate coming off the bench if Foster cannot go.
Biggest game on the slate
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-1, 36)
“I'm supportive of Kerry Collins. I was never against Kerry Collins coming here. I think you guys or one guy, I'm not going to say who it is, kind of turned it around on me. Kerry's our guy, and we're going to rally behind him and play football.” – Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who had previously expressed doubts when his team signed Collins in the wake of Peyton Manning’s neck problem. Collins will get the start at Houston on Sunday afternoon.
Tips and notes
The Phillies were once again without Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins in Saturday’s road game against Milwaukee. Utley recently sustained a concussion and Rollins is dealing with a sore groin. Neither one is expected to take the field on Sunday and Utley could be out until the middle of next week. The second baseman reportedly has no post-concussion symptoms, but Philadelphia is prepared to play it safe.
What's new? The Broncos do not have a running back rotation that is set in stone. Both Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee will be featured during Monday night's home game against Oakland. "We're going to roll them," offensive coordinator Mike McCoy told the Denver Post. "They're going to play, and if one of them is tired, the other one is going in. Then we'll just keep them going. Both of them are going to play plenty of snaps, but we're not going to worry about counting snaps with them." Sounds like Denver is once again going with whoever has the hot hand.
The Tigers’ righty is 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA in his last four trips to the bump, most recently giving up only one run on four hits in eight innings of work versus the Indians. Fister recorded 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 win and has 31 Ks over his last four outings.
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox (15-6, 2.93 ERA)
Lester is 4-0 in his last five starts, allowing one run or fewer in each of those outings. In his most recent appearance, the BoSox’s southpaw gave up only three hits over seven innings in a 14-0 blowout against Toronto. He’s 10-4 with a career 3.65 ERA versus Tampa Bay.
Wade LeBlanc, San Diego Padres (2-5, 5.33 ERA)
LeBlanc is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in his last three starts for the Padres. The left-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in just five innings of work during a 6-4 loss to San Francisco his last time on the mound. He’s 1-3 with an ERA just under 6.00 on the road and posts similar career numbers versus Arizona, going 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA against the Diamondbacks.
Esmil Rogers, Colorado Rockies (6-5, 6.26 ERA)
Rogers has lost three straight outings and is 0-4 in his last five starts. The Rockies’ righty was beat up bad in his most recent appearance, getting knocked around for six earned runs on eight hits – including two home runs – in only 5 1-3 innings.