Ravens favorites, Steelers underdogs in Week 6

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(OddsShark.com) — The Baltimore Ravens will be looking to revive their fading playoff hopes on Sunday when they travel to the Bay Area to battle the San Francisco 49ers as 3-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Ravens, who opened the season alongside Pittsburgh as +170 favorites to claim the AFC North crown, have stumbled to a 1-4 start following a demoralizing 33-30 overtime loss to Cleveland last weekend, extending their against-the-spread losing streak to five games.

Baltimore now has just two ATS victories in its past 10 games and enters Sunday afternoon’s Ravens vs. 49ers betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium with a brutal 3-10-1 ATS record in its past 14 October contests.

The 49ers have also limped to an early 1-4 record following their last-minute 30-27 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, but they halted a 10-game ATS losing skid by covering as 7.5-point underdogs.

The Niners are 1-5 straight up in their past five dates with Baltimore, including their most recent meeting in Super Bowl XLVII in which the Ravens picked up a 34-31 win as 4.5-point underdogs.

Elsewhere, the Steelers will be gunning for their second straight win with quarterback Michael Vick running the offense when they entertain the Arizona Cardinals as 3-point home underdogs this weekend.

Stepping in once again for the injured Ben Roethlisberger, Vick led a fourth-quarter game-winning drive in the Steelers’ 24-20 win over San Diego last weekend, capturing the victory as 4-point underdogs.

Pittsburgh will remain without Big Ben against the Cardinals, and will take the field as betting underdogs for the fifth time this season, going 2-0-2 ATS in their previous four according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Cardinals laid a 42-17 beating on the Lions in Detroit last weekend, improving to 4-1 SU and ATS this season. But Arizona is just 1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, in their last five against Pittsburgh, and a meagre 2-8 SU in their last 10 October road dates overall.

The Chargers face another tough contest this weekend when they visit the undefeated Green Bay Packers as 9.5-point underdogs.

San Diego is now winless SU and ATS in their last three on the road, while the 5-0 Packers have won six straight against the Chargers, SU and ATS, and are on a 12-0 SU run at Lambeau Field, 9-2-1 ATS.

In other NFL Week 6 action, the Browns welcome the undefeated Denver Broncos as 4.5-point underdogs, while the Cincinnati Bengals visit Buffalo as 3-point chalk, and the Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers as 7.5-point betting 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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