London-bound Dolphins among Week4 underdogs

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The NFL returns to London on Sunday for the first of three games this season, as the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets in an AFC East divisional matchup as 2-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

The Dolphins head overseas still reeling from a 41-14 blowout loss at home to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, recording their second straight outright loss while pegged as betting favorites.

The loss drops Miami to 2-5 straight up in their past seven entering Sunday morning’s Jets vs. Dolphins betting matchup at Wembley Stadium, and leaves them with just one against the spread victory in their past eight games.

The surprising Jets own the top defense in the NFL over the first three weeks of the season, surrendering just 13.7 points per game so far en route to a 2-1 SU record.

However, New York saw a five-game ATS win streak come to a halt last week in a 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point chalk, dropping them to 2-4 SU and ATS in their last six as favorites.

New York has picked up SU wins in four of their last five road meetings with Miami, and are a perfect 3-0 ATS in their last three overall against the Dolphins with the point total playing UNDER in seven of their last nine clashes.

The Chicago Bears continue the search for their first win of the season when they welcome the Oakland Raiders to Soldier Field for a Week 3 showdown as fading 3-point underdogs.

The Bears opened as 1-point underdogs, but have since seen the line steadily move in Oakland’s favor.

Chicago was pummelled 26-0 in Seattle last weekend, extending their current SU losing streak to eight games, including five home contests.

The Raiders are coming off their second outright win as betting underdogs in as many weeks, topping the Browns 27-20 in Cleveland as 3.5-point underdogs, ending an 11-game SU road losing streak over which they went 5-6 ATS according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Oakland has had limited success historically in the Windy City, going 1-3 SU, 0-3-1 ATS, in their last four visits to Chicago dating back to 1984.

In other NFL Week 4 betting action, the Baltimore Ravens will be gunning for their first SU win of the season when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers minus Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday Night Football as 2.5-point road chalk, while the winless Detroit Lions take on the Seahawks in a Monday Night Football matchup as heavy 9.5-point underdogs.

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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