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The Sports Action Continues on Monday Night Football
The weekend was filled with sports betting action on the gridiron in both the NCAA & NFL. Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State poured on all the offense in a dazzling 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan. Though the Buckeyes scored more points in the first half than anyone pinned on Michigan in a whole game this year, the Wolverines stayed right on their heels.
Sunday, play was capped off with a great NFL matchup, as the SD Chargers upset the Broncos in Denver. San Diego's remarkable RB LaDainian Tomlinson scored four times and reached 100 TDs faster than any player in NFL history, leading the Chargers past the Broncos 35-27 in a showdown for first place in the AFC West.
The Chargers became the first NFL team to win back-to-back games after trailing by 17 or more points, and the first club to win four straight when allowing at least 24 points in each game.
NY Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
After suffering several more key injuries, the banged-up Giants (6-3 SU & 5-4 ATS) look to rebound from a home defeat to Chicago when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4 SU & ATS) at Alltel Stadium on MNF.
New York came into last week's game against the Bears missing five starters. The lack of depth eventually caught up to the Giants, as they blew a 10-point lead and lost 38-20. Making matters worse, New York also saw CB Sam Madison (hamstring) and T Luke Petitgout (broken leg) go down, while star RB Tiki Barber suffered an injured finger.
Coach Tom Coughlin said he's unsure who will return this week. Petitgout is likely out for the year, joining WR Amani Toomer, who sustained a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago. Starting LB Carlos Emmons (groin) and Brandon Short (quad) are questionable.
Of the injured players, Barber is the only one who's expected to play against Jacksonville. The NFL's leading rusher with 971 yards, Barber suffered a sprained right thumb against the Bears.
New York needs all the help it can get as it looks to get back on track. With a chance to tie the Bears at 7-2 and seize the tiebreaker, the Giants dominated early, building a 13-3 lead while shutting down Chicago offensively.
New York, though, couldn't maintain its momentum and seemed to wear down against Chicago, which got a 108-yard Devin Hester return of a missed field goal and big games from QB Rex Grossman, Thomas Jones and Muhsin Muhammad as it rallied to win.
Giants QB Eli Manning should be happy to be done with Brian Urlacher and the Bears' NFC-best defense, as he went 14-of-32 for a season-low 121 yards and two interceptions. He failed to throw a TD for the first time this season.
Coughlin will be facing his former team for the first time since being fired in 2002. He was the Jaguars' first coach in 1995 and led them to the AFC championship game twice, finishing with a 68-60 record. The Jaguars roster still includes 13 players acquired by Coughlin.
One of them, QB David Garrard, struggled in Jacksonville's 13-10 defeat to Houston last week. He went 15-of-34 for 214 yards and threw four interceptions in his first loss as a starter.
Garrard played in place of Byron Leftwich, one of several tense situations surrounding the team. Coach Jack Del Rio benched LT Khalif Barnes for the game following his arrest on drunken-driving charges, and receivers Reggie Williams and Ernest Wilford got into a sideline shoving match in the closing minutes of Sunday's loss, the Jags' second of the season to the Texans.
Garrard appears likely to start again this week, as Leftwich headed to Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to get a second opinion on his injured left ankle. He listed as questionable.
Leftwich, though, disputed some of Del Rio's assertions to the media last week that the injury was the reason he wasn't starting, saying no doctor had told him that extended rest would make a difference and that he believed his benching was performance-based. Del Rio was testy Monday when discussing his team and the situations surrounding it.
Three of Jacksonville's four defeats have come against teams with losing records. The Giants and Jaguars will be meeting for the first time since 2002. New York has won two of the three matchups, but Jacksonville's win came at home by a 40-13 score in 1997.
Notable game trends
- Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss.
- Giants are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.
- Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Giants are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Monday games.
- Giants are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 11.
- Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Jaguars are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss.
- Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Jaguars are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 11.
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