Eagles, Raiders underdogs in Week 3

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(OddsShark.com) — A pair of Super Bowl longshots coming off big wins in Week 2 go head-to-head on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders travel to Cleveland to face the Browns as early 3.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Raiders, who sport 100/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50, bounced back from a 33-13 pounding by the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 to post a 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens last week, picking up the win as 6-point home underdogs.

The victory also ended Oakland’s two-game losing streak, both straight up and against the spread, while pushing the point total OVER for a fifth straight game.

Cleveland enters Sunday afternoon’s Raiders vs. Browns betting matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium as a diminished 150/1 Super Bowl longshot despite a solid 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.

The win ended Cleveland’s six-game SU losing streak, 3-3 ATS, while improving the OVER to 2-0 for their games this season following a 1-11 run.

The Browns are undefeated SU in their past three home meetings with Oakland, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine matchups.

The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to buoy their rapidly sinking Super Bowl odds when they visit the surging New York Jets as 2.5-point underdogs this week. The Eagles opened the season as a strong 17/2 Super Bowl bet, but have plummeted to 22/1 after losing outright while favored to both the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.

Conversely, the defensively-minded Jets have allowed just 17 total points in SU wins over Cleveland and the Indianapolis Colts. However, history favors the Eagles, who have averaged almost 30 points per game in six straight SU wins over New York, going 5-1 ATS.

The Colts look for their first win of the 2015 campaign when they visit the Titans as soft 4.5-point chalk. The Colts have played sloppy ball in a pair of SU and ATS losses to the Jets and Buffalo Bills, committing eight turnovers in their first two outings, but are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven versus Tennessee.

The Titans showed promise with their stunning 42-14 Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but failed to contain quarterback Johnny Manziel in a disappointing loss to the Browns, dropping them to 1-11 SU in their last 12, 3-9 ATS.

In other NFL Week 3 betting action, the Ravens host the Bengals this weekend as 2.5-point chalk, while the Bills visit the Miami Dolphins as 2.5-point underdogs, and the Falcons take on the injury-riddled Cowboys as 1.5-point favorites.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip


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


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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