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Eagles could put stamp on NFC East in visit to Dallas

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The Dallas Cowboys’ fading playoff hopes hang in the balance this weekend when they play host to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

It has quickly become a lost season for the Cowboys, who are currently enduring a five-game straight-up losing streak while going 1-4 against the spread. The club’s troubles began during their 20-10 win over the Eagles in Week 2, when quarterback Tony Romo went down with a collarbone injury that has since kept him on the sidelines.

Veteran pivots Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel have taken turns leading the Cowboys offense, but have combined for just three touchdown passes against five interceptions during Romo’s absence.

Not surprisingly points have been hard to come by for Dallas, as they are averaging just 12.7 points per game in their last three games heading into Sunday night’s Eagles vs. Cowboys betting matchup at AT&T Stadium.

The Eagles, meanwhile, take some quarterback issues of their own into Week 9. Sam Bradford joined the Eagles amid great expectations during the offseason, contributing to Philadelphia’s strong 17/2 Super Bowl 50 odds at the outset of the season.

But with the club stumbling to a mediocre 3-4 SU record, and a postseason berth far from assured, questions have been raised about Bradford’s future with the Eagles after his current contract expires at the end of this season.

While Philadelphia is a solid 2-1 SU and ATS in their last three games, Bradford has been shaky, throwing six interceptions against just three touchdowns during that span. Still, the Eagles remain the favorites on the odds to win the NFC East division title.

Defense remains the team’s saving grace, holding both the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants to under 100 yards on the ground in recent victories, while surrendering just 356 total passing yards in their last two contests.

Philadelphia’s limited success has largely come at home, with the team going winless in their last two on the road, both SU and ATS, dropping them to 1-3 on the season.

However, the Eagles own a strong track record in recent visits to Dallas, where they are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, including a lopsided 33-10 victory as 3-point underdogs in Week 13 of last season.

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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