Injuries a factor in NFL Week 2 betting lines

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(OddsShark.com) Week 1 of the NFL season was marked by serious injuries to a number of star players that may have lasting implications for their respective teams, including the Dallas Cowboys who travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to face the division-rival Eagles as early 4-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Cowboys eked out a last-minute 27-26 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night, failing to cover as 7-point favorites. However, the victory came at a heavy cost, as star wide receiver Dez Bryant left the game with a broken foot that could sideline him up to two months.

Philadelphia enters Sunday afternoon’s Cowboys vs. Eagles betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field still searching for their first win after coming up short in a 26-24 Week 1 loss to Atlanta as 3.5-point road chalk on Monday night, dropping them to 1-4 straight up and against the spread in their past five games.

Elsewhere, things keep getting worse in the nation’s capital where the Washington Redskins will be without three starters, including injured wide receiver DeSean Jackson, when they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon as 3-point underdogs at the sportsbooks.

Jackson will be lost for about a month with a hamstring injury suffered in the Redskins’ 17-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The SU loss drops Washington to 1-8 SU in their last nine games, 2-7 ATS.

The Rams are coming off their second straight upset victory at home over Seattle last weekend, edging the Seahawks 34-31 to end a three-game SU and ATS losing streak.

St. Louis is 2-0 SU and ATS in its last two games against the Redskins, including a 24-0 beating in Washington last season, and is 6-1 ATS in its last seven against the Redskins, including three outright victories as betting underdogs.

The Indianapolis Colts could be without wide receiver T.Y. Hilton when they battle the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, pegged as 7-point favorites.

Indianapolis recorded a stunning 27-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, and has suffered outright losses as betting favorites in three of their last five home games against the Jets according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

In other NFL Week 2 betting action, the Bills are pegged as home underdogs for a second straight week, with the New England Patriots visiting as early 1-point favorites, while the Cleveland Browns host Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans as 2.5-point chalk, and the Green Bay Packers take on the Seahawks as 3.5-point favorites.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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