The NFL takes center stage this week as the rust is officially off and the race to the postseason begins. There is also some college gridiron action on the sportsbook menu, as well as Major League Baseball and the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The NFC West kicks off Week 4 with a Thursday night San Francisco-St. Louis matchup where the 49ers are a three-point NFL betting favorite. We’ll also see Cincinnati-Cleveland (AFC North) and Chicago-Detroit (NFC North) are two more divisional matchups you’ll see on Sunday. New York Giants-Kansas City, Philadelphia-Denver, Dallas-San Diego and New England-Atlanta also headline a busy day, while Miami-New Orleans is the Monday night feature.
Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech gets things started for Week 5 on Thursday night, while the big matchups of the day come from the SEC in LSU-Georgia and Ole Miss-Alabama. Wisconsin-Ohio State and Oklahoma-Notre Dame are also on the docket, as well as Stanford-Washington State, Texas A&M-Arkansas and Florida State-Boston College.
The race for the wild-card spots in the American League is the highlight of the final week of the regular season, with Tampa Bay, Texas, Cleveland, Kansas City and the New York Yankees in the mix as of Monday. The matchups for the last weekend of 2013 are Tampa Bay-Toronto, Los Angeles Angels-Texas, Cleveland-Minnesota and New York Yankees-Houston.
Matt Kenseth has shown that his regular-season performance in his first year with the #20 team at Joe Gibbs Racing was no fluke as he followed up his Chicagoland victory with a win at New Hampshire. He’ll try to make it 3-for-3 when the Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Dover, where Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson will look to make a move on Kenseth, who is building momentum towards his second Cup championship. Tony Stewart won here in the spring, but he won’t be back to go for a sweep due to his brutal leg injuries.