Packers, Falcons favored to stay undefeated

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( — The undefeated Atlanta Falcons will be gunning for their fifth straight win on Sunday when they play host to the Washington Redskins as 7-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

The Falcons continued their dominating play, both on the field and at the sportsbooks, with a one-sided 48-21 victory over the Houston Texans last weekend, picking up the against the spread victory as 4-point chalk and improving their straight up record to 4-0 on the season.

Atlanta has built their success this season on a potent offense, ranked third in the NFL with 34.3 points per game entering Sunday afternoon’s Redskins vs. Falcons betting matchup at the Georgia Dome.

The Redskins have exceeded expectations with their 2-2 start, including upset victories over the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, after recording just one SU win, two ATS, in the second half of last season.

However, Washington has claimed just one SU win against the Falcons in six meetings dating back to 1994, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, losing by an average of 7.8 points per game in those defeats.

The Green Bay Packers will also be looking to improve to 5-0 when they welcome the St. Louis Rams to town as 10.5-point favorites.

The Packers are an impressive 11-0 SU, 8-2-1 ATS, in their last 11 games at Lambeau Field, including victories by double-digit margins in seven of those contests, but face a Rams squad that handed the Arizona Cardinals a 24-22 loss last weekend, their first of the season.

However, the Rams have also struggled to produce offense, scoring just 16 combined points in losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, and are winless, SU and ATS, in their last four clashes with the Packers.

In other NFL Week 5 betting action, the undefeated New England Patriots return from a bye last weekend to take on the struggling Dallas Cowboys as 7.5-point betting favorites. The 3-0 Patriots have won six straight games SU and have tallied an eye-popping 39.7 points per game this season.

Conversely, the Cowboys have lost two straight, SU and ATS, and will once again be without pivot Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant, both sidelined with injuries, as they attempt to end a four-game SU losing streak, 1-3 ATS, against New England.

The Denver Broncos will also look to extend their perfect record when they travel to Oakland to meet the Raiders as 5.5-point favorites, while the Eagles play host to the New Orleans Saints as 5.5-point chalk, and the Kansas City Chiefs battle the Chicago Bears as strong 10.5-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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