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Struggling Colts underdogs against Broncos at home

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For a second straight week the Indianapolis Colts will face an undefeated opponent when they return home on Sunday to battle the 7-0 Denver Broncos as 2.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Colts are coming off a date with the Carolina Panthers in which they overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime before falling 29-26.

The Panthers improved to 7-0 with the win, while Indianapolis’ straight-up record drops to a middling 3-5, leaving them deadlocked with the Houston Texans atop the AFC South ahead of Sunday’s Broncos vs. Colts betting matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indy must now contend with a red-hot Broncos squad that remained perfect with a decisive 29-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers, picking up the win as 2.5-point home underdogs to improve their record against the spread to 5-1-1.

The Broncos defense restricted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 77 passing yards, while holding an opponent to 12 or fewer points for a third time this season, strengthening their league lead in multiple team defense categories.

That is bad news for the Colts and their quarterback Andrew Luck, who has thrown 12 interceptions against just 13 touchdowns, averaging a mere 271.5 passing yards per game while leading Indianapolis to just one SU win.

The Packers must also battle an undefeated opponent for a second straight week when they host Carolina in a matchup pegged as a toss-up at the sportsbooks.

Green Bay has won 13 straight at Lambeau Field while going 9-3-1 ATS, and has been betting chalk in each of those contests, winning by a double-digit margin on seven occasions.

The Panthers are an impressive 12-1 SU in their last 13 games, 8-4-1 ATS; a run that has lifted them to 9/1 on the odds to win Super Bowl 50.

However, the trends favor the Packers, who are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last eight overall against Carolina, and 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four at home according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The NFL’s other two remaining undefeated teams are also in action this weekend.

The 7-0 New England Patriots will be gunning for an 11th straight SU win when they play host to the resurgent Washington Redskins, while the 7-0 Cincinnati Bengals entertain the rival Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football as big 10-point chalk.

In other NFL Week 9 betting action, the New York Giants look to maintain sole possession of first place in the NFC East when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as slim 1-point chalk, while the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles as 2.5-point underdogs.

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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