Struggling Lions underdogs against Broncos on SNF

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(OddsShark.com) The Detroit Lions will be trying to avoid their fifth straight outright loss this weekend when they play host to the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Lions are off to a dismal start to the 2015 NFL season, dropping a pair of road decisions to the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings, and posting against the spread losses as slim betting underdogs.

However, the Lions’ recent woes have largely been confined to the road, where they have amassed their current four-game SU losing streak, and are 1-5 SU in their last six.

Conversely, Detroit rides a five-game SU home winning streak into Sunday night’s Broncos vs. Lions betting matchup at Ford Field, 3-2 ATS, holding opponents to just 17.4 points per game during that stretch.

Despite giving up a combined 59 points in their first two contests of this season, bettors have been consistently rewarded when playing UNDER the point total, which is 13-5 in the Lions’ last 18 games.

The Broncos arrive in the Motor City owning a 2-0 record and top spot in the AFC West following yet another come-from-behind win in Week 2.

Denver stunned the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football with a pair of touchdowns just nine seconds apart in the final minute of the game to pull off a 31-24 victory, and claim the ATS win as a 3-point underdog.

It was Denver’s second straight upset win in as many visits to Arrowhead Stadium, improving them to 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four road contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

With the Broncos producing an average of just 259 total yards in their first two games of the season concerns have been raised about the durability of veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, and the effectiveness of the team’s limited ground game against a Lions defense that ranked second in the NFL last season.

But with Detroit surrendering huge aerial yards against the Chargers in Week 1, and 199 ground yards to Adrian Peterson and the Vikings last week, the Broncos might be positioned to end their current two-game SU and three-game ATS losing streaks against the Lions.

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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