After five games of the American Football season, the AFC’s Indianapolis Colts are the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL. During the 28-3 demolition of the San Francisco 49rs, quarterback Alex Smith suffered four interceptions, one of which the Colts converted into a touchdown by return. In the same division, the Cincinnati Bengals saw their winning run ended 23-20 by Jacksonville. In the NFC, the Giants, Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still going strong, while three Brett Favre touchdown passes ended the Green Bay Packers four-game losing sequence. The 52-3 victory against New Orleans was the Packers’ highest winning margin since 1966 (56-3 v Atlanta).
In ice hockey’s NHL, Montreal and Ottawa are off to flyers in the Eastern Conference while Pittsburgh and Toronto are still lacing up their skates. In the Western Conference, Edmonton are showing good early-season form, but St. Louis look to be in trouble.
The Major League Baseball season has reached the play-off stage and the Los Angeles Angels became the first team to win the American League Division Series by defeating the New York Yankies 5-3 in their deciding game. The Chicago White Sox joined the Californians proving too good for the Red Sox from Boston.
The best-of-five encounters in the National League went to St. Louis and Houston, who overcame San Diego and Atlanta respectively. The Astros are currently 2-1 up in the series.
The first American League Championship series game was won 3-2 by the Angels in Chicago, who then lost the second leg 2-1 at home, squaring the series. The third, again in Los Angeles, saw the Chicago White Sox beat the LA Angels 4-1 to qualify for the World Series.
The eventual winners of the American and National League Championship Series will then go on to contest the World Series.