BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
October 7, 2012, 11:45 am

Some of the stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT.

NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees seeks to break Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass and hopes that in the process he can lift the winless Saints to victory over his old team, the San Diego Chargers.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for the 13th time in their careers when the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos. Both quarterbacks are coming off outstanding performances in victories that improved their teams' records to 2-2.

ST. LOUIS - The Washington Nationals play the first game involving the nation's capital since 1933, taking on the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of an NL division series. Gio Gonzalez, a 21-game winner, opposes Cardinals 14-game winner Adam Wainwright.

BALTIMORE - CC Sabathia takes the mound for the AL East champion New York Yankees against Jason Hammel and the Baltimore Orioles in the first playoff game at Camden Yards since 1997.

DETROIT - After losing to Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Saturday, the A's try to bounce back with rookie Tommy Milone on the mound against Doug Fister.

SAN FRANCISCO - Bronson Arroyo tries to pitch the Reds to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NL division series against the Giants before returning to Cincinnati. San Francisco sends 16-game winner Madison Bumgarner to the mound.

INDIANAPOLIS - A trying week comes to an end for the Indianapolis Colts when the Green Bay Packers visit. Even as the Colts try to focus on football, the reminders of coach Chuck Pagano will be all over the stadium. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is interim coach as Pagano is treated for leukemia.

TALLADEGA, Ala. - The fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup could be the one that shuffles the 12-driver championship field. The use of restrictor plates bunches the field, and the unpredictability of drafting and relying on partners usually creates a chaotic race that can end a drivers' title hopes. Kasey Kahne sits on the pole.

NEW YORK - South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia move into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll after a Saturday during which nine Top 25 teams lost.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With Darrelle Revis out for the season with a torn knee ligament, it will be Antonio Cromartie's job Monday night to cover Houston receiver Andre Johnson when the short-handed Jets (2-2) play the undefeated Texans (4-0).