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The Carolina Panthers will be trying to improve their record to a perfect 9-0 on the season when they visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as 5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

Carolina is an impressive 13-1 straight up in their last 14 games and undefeated against the spread in their last six on the road entering Sunday afternoon’s Panthers vs. Titans betting matchup at LP Field.

The Panthers’ unblemished record represents a dramatic turnaround after finishing last season with a mediocre 7-8-1 mark, which still proved good enough to capture the NFC South crown and a playoff berth.

While they were expected to show improvement, Carolina opened the season as a distant 40/1 bet to win Super Bowl 50, but have since joined the favorites at 8/1 odds.

With pivot Marcus Mariota back at the helm last weekend, the Titans tallied their first victory since Week 1, knocking off New Orleans in a 34-28 overtime thriller, but face a huge task ending a three-game SU and ATS losing streak against Carolina.

Tennessee has also struggled to produce points, scoring more than 14 points just three times this season, and going winless SU in their last nine home contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Saints visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday in a matchup pegged as a betting toss-up at the sportsbooks. The loss to the Titans dropped New Orleans to 4-5 on the season, two games back of the division rival Atlanta Falcons for the second NFC Wild Card spot, but with 34.5 points per game over their last four the Saints’ offense continues to fire on all cylinders.

The Redskins have lost three of four SU, and have also lost three straight ATS, but own a 3-1 SU record in their last four against New Orleans, covering the spread in each.

The 4-4 St. Louis Rams will try to help their playoff chances when they host the Chicago Bears as 7.5-point chalk this week. The Rams missed a glorious opportunity to pull within one game of the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals when they suffered a disappointing 21-18 loss to Minnesota last weekend.

The Bears, meanwhile, stunned the San Diego Chargers with a 22-19 win on Monday Night Football, recording their fourth ATS win in their last five, and are 4-1 SU in their last five against the Rams, 3-2 ATS.

In other NFL Week 10 betting action, the undefeated New England Patriots visit the New York Giants as 7-point chalk, while the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals are favored by 12 over the Houston Texans, and the Green Bay Packers battle the Detroit Lions as 11-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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