You should definitely have some NFL preseason action on your agenda this weekend as teams are looking to pare down their rosters ahead of the all-important third week. But in your sportsbook, you will also find some hot MLB action with the playoffs on the horizon, and the UFC holds a nationally-televised card.
Plenty Of Matchups Worth Checking Out In The NFL
On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons open up as a 4.5-point underdog on the NFL odds in Baltimore against the Super Bowl champion Ravens, who put a 44-16 beating on Tampa Bay to open up their preseason campaign. The Falcons lost 34-10 to Cincinnati, and they’re aiming for a better performance across the board from their players. In other action, the New York Giants are favored by 2.5 points against Indianapolis on Sunday, while on Monday, Pittsburgh and Washington are a pick ‘em.
The MLB Playoff Races Are Heating Up
At the other end of the spectrum, the MLB regular season is winding down and teams are desperately trying to improve their playoff position. This weekend’s slate is loaded with solid matchups as New York Yankees-Boston leads the way, along with Toronto-Tampa Bay, Cincinnati-Milwaukee, Arizona-Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Dodgers-Philadelphia and Kansas City-Detroit.
Sonnen-Shogun Headlines UFC Fight Night
The 26th edition of UFC Fight Night goes off this Saturday in Boston, and it is the first broadcast for the UFC on Fox Sports 1. Chael Sonnen has lost his last two fights (title bouts against 205-pound champ Jon Jones and former 185-pound king Anderson Silva), and he’ll stay at 205 pounds for a tilt as a -140 favorite on the betting odds against former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is coming off a loss to Alexander Gustafsson. In the co-main event, heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne will slug it out, with Overeem entering as a -190 favorite.