NFL: Seattle is 6-2-1 against the number in its last nine overall.
NCAAF: The over is 8-2 in West Virginia’s last 10 overall.
NCAAB: Georgetown has covered the number in four straight.
NCAAB: The under is 8-2-1 in Kentucky’s last 11.
NHL: The New York Rangers are 10-2 in their last 12.
NHL: Phoenix is 13-1-1 in its last 15 against Winnipeg/Atlanta.
NFL: Philadelphia is 3-10 against the spread in its last 13 as a favorite.
NCAAF: South Florida is riding a 1-7 slump against the spread.
NCAAB: St. John’s is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight.
NCAAB: Alabama is 1-5 against the spread in its last six vs. the Big East.
NHL: Washington is 2-7 in its last nine.
NHL: Columbus is 13-38 in its last 51 overall.
30 – The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are 6-0 straight up and have won their games by an average of 30 points so far this season. However, the Wildcats are just 3-2 against the spread. They host St. John’s as 23-point favorites Thursday evening.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - Bradshaw expressed optimism that he will return to the lineup this weekend. Bradshaw, who has sat out four straight games with a broken bone in his foot, said there is a "big shot" he will play in Sunday's game against the undefeated Green Bay Packers. New York's running game has struggled in the absence of Bradshaw, who has 111 carries for 440 yards and five touchdowns this season. He rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Game of the day
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks (3, 43)
“You can take the rest of the games, and you can delete them. ... What this team is going to be remembered for is what happens (Thursday night). ... We’re playing a very good team. Their record doesn’t reflect what kind of a team they are, how well-coached they are, or what kind of players they have.” – West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen about Thursday’s matchup with South Florida. Oddsmakers have the Mountaineers set as 2-point favorites.
Notes and tips
The Philadelphia Eagles have dropped seven of their last 10 against the spread, but bettors are jumping all over them in Thursday’s matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle. As of Wednesday evening, more than 66 percent of Covers.com Consensus bettors were backing Philadelphia, which was set as a 3-point favorite.
Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek will sit out Thursday's game against Washington. Both players are dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Letang suffered a broken nose Saturday on a hit by Montreal's Max Pacrioretty, who drew a three-game suspension for the blow. He practiced Monday and Tuesday but was experiencing trouble breathing. He also is suffering from a virus. Michalek also sat out Tuesday's game after taking a blow to the head in Saturday's game against Montreal. He has been bothered by headaches but was not diagnosed with a concussion.
The Kansas City Chiefs had incumbent starter Tyler Palko and newcomer Kyle Orton split quarterback reps at practice on Wednesday. Palko was expected to see 60 percent of the first-team reps, while Orton - who was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos last week - would be given 40 percent. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley hasn't named a starter for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Palko took over the starting role after Matt Cassel went down with a season-ending injury. The 28-year-old has thrown for 444 yards with zero touchdowns and six interceptions in two games. Kansas City is currently pegged as a 7-point underdog.