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NFL Week 7 odds: Vikings, Colts among sportsbook favorites

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The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to end a five-game losing streak on the road when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Vikings held off a late charge by the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend to record a 16-13 win, improving their straight up record to 3-2 while extending their winning streak against the spread to four games.

Minnesota now enters Sunday afternoon’s Vikings vs. Lions betting matchup at Ford Field with 12 ATS wins in their last 15 outings. However, SU road wins have been hard to come by for the Vikings, who are dismal 4-20-1 SU in their last 25 such games.

The Lions are coming off their first win of the season, a 37-34 shootout victory over the Chicago Bears which ended the team’s seven-game SU losing skid.

Detroit has also produced brutal results at the sportsbooks, going 5-12 ATS in their past 17, but have enjoyed success in recent visits by the Vikings, going 4-1 SU in their last five – but just 2-3 ATS.

The Indianapolis Colts will look to rebound from yet another loss to New England when they entertain the New Orleans Saints as 5-point chalk this weekend. The Colts were upended 34-27 by the Patriots on Sunday, dropping to 3-3 SU but still clinging to a one-game lead atop the AFC South standings.

Despite their early-season struggles the Colts have paid off as underdogs in each of their last two games, ending an 0-5 ATS slide.

The 2-4 Saints will be coming off a 10-day rest when they take on the Colts, following their 31-21 win over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night. New Orleans is now 3-1 ATS in their last four games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, but are in desperate need of a SU win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The 5-0 Carolina Panthers remained atop the NFC South with their stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks last week, but face a tough challenge when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night as 3-point home chalk.

The Panthers are now 10-1 SU in their past 11 games, and undefeated ATS in their last seven, while the 3-3 Eagles have bounced back from a sluggish start with lopsided wins over the Saints and New York Giants.

In other NFL Week 7 betting action, the Giants are pegged as early 4-point favorites over the Dallas Cowboys, while the Falcons are 3.5-point chalk against the Tennessee Titans, and the Patriots are favored by 9 points over the New York Jets.

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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