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Morning results make books happy, bettors woozy

It was a Sunday of mourning at the sports books, and everyone who bet on Eli Manning and the New York Giants was in a foul mood before noon.

Rodgers should pass tough test

It’s premature to proclaim the Green Bay Packers finally have found balance in their offense. Aaron Rodgers’ right arm shows up each week, but the running attack is nowhere near as reliable.

Michigan State defense will propel outright win

Michigan State is in its preferred role this week. During coach Mark Dantonio’s seven-year tenure, the Spartans have thrived as road underdogs, compiling an 11-3 spread record.

RG3, Redskins can get season back on track against Lions

On second thought, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III probably wishes he had not rushed his comeback. First, his right knee needed rehabilitation, and now it’s his image.


Matt, Kelly and Tony give you their football picks and advice for Week 3 from the floor of the Golden Nugget sports book.


Week 3 of the Friday Football Showdown pits Dave Tuley against Paul Stone.

NFL bets: Laying 20 to Jags a reckless wager

The Jacksonville Jaguars opened as 20-point road underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks, and the number has dipped to 19½. The point spread is the oddsmakers’ equalizer. In this case, the number is a monster, and it presents a dilemma for a handicapper.

Two $1 million stakes races at Pennsylvania track

There are two $1 million stakes in North America this weekend at a racetrack you might not guess: Parx Racing. With two seven-figure purses fueled by an on-site casino, the Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion co-headline an outstanding card in Bensalem, Pa.