Brees’ uncertain status impacting Saints-Cowboys SNF matchup

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(OddsShark.com) The New Orleans Saints will be looking to end a six-game straight up and against the spread losing streak at home when they take the field for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the hobbled Dallas Cowboys.

The Saints have stumbled to an 0-3 start to the season which has been complicated by the loss of quarterback Drew Brees, who was sidelined by a shoulder injury in the club’s 26-19 Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But after participating in practice earlier this week, Brees’ status remains uncertain, and as of Friday morning the line for Sunday’s contest at was still off the board at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Saints’ early woes continued with a 27-22 loss to Carolina last week, but they picked up their first against the spread win of the campaign, covering as 10-point underdogs and ending a four-game ATS losing streak.

Formerly a feared foe in their own building, New Orleans enters Sunday night’s Cowboys vs. Saints betting matchup at the Superdome winless SU and ATS in their last six at home, losing by an average margin of over 13 points during that stretch.

If Brees is unable to go the Saints will once again turn to Luke McCown, who performed admirably against the Panthers, completing 31 of 38 attempts, but failing to find the end zone while tossing one interception in his first major assignment since leading Jacksonville to a 16-14 win over Tennessee in Week 1 of the 2011 season.

The Cowboys also head into Week 4 with no shortage of challenges, starting with their star pivot, Tony Romo, who remains sidelined with a broken collarbone. Veteran Brandon Weeden will once again start in place of Romo. The 31-year-old completed 22 of 26 pass attempts for 232 yards against the Falcons, but failed to connect on a major score. Dallas missed Romo in last weekend’s 39-28 loss to Atlanta, which dropped them to 2-1 on the season, 1-2 ATS.

The Cowboys are also without Romo’s top target, Dez Bryant, who continues to recover from a broken foot that will keep out of action until at least Week 7. Running back Joseph Randle picked up some of the slack against Atlanta, making three touchdown runs that gave Dallas a 28-14 halftime lead.

Randle will likely see more of the ball against a Saints rush defense that ranks No. 24 in the NFL and has surrendered 126 yards per game, as the Cowboys look to improve on their 2-8 SU record in their last 10 against New Orleans, 3-7 ATS, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

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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