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Seahawks betting favorites over Cardinals in NFC West clash on SNF

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The Seattle Seahawks can cut Arizona’s lead atop the NFC West standings to one game with a third consecutive straight-up win when they play host to the Cardinals on Sunday night as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Seahawks improved to 4-2 SU in their last six with a slim 13-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys prior to their bye last weekend.

However, the team continued their inconsistent performance at the sportsbooks, failing to cover as 4.5-point road favorites against the Cowboys, dropping them to 1-3-1 against the spread in their past four, and a meager 2-7-2 ATS over their last 11.

The Seattle defense upped its game in the team’s two recent wins, holding the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers to just 15 total points, but enter Sunday night’s Cardinals vs. Seahawks betting matchup at CenturyLink Field without a SU win this season against teams with a record of .500 or better.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, look to have regained the form that lifted them to an early 3-0 SU record, posting back-to-back wins over Cleveland and Baltimore in their last two.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has connected on six touchdown passes during the Cardinals’ current win streak, but will have to contend with a Seahawks pass defense that leads the NFL, holding opponents to just 172 total passing yards in their last two.

Arizona, who is also coming off a bye, has also dominated without the ball, with its overall team defense trailing only the Seahawks and league-leading Denver Broncos.

The Cardinals have surrendered an average of just 47 rushing yards in their last two but could face a challenge against the Seahawks’ ground game, particularly with rushers Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, who both have suffered injuries this season, returning to action well rested.

Arizona managed just nine total points in a pair of SU and ATS losses to the Seahawks last season, and are just 1-4 SU in their last five visits to Seattle, and 3-7 SU in their last 10 overall according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The club has also been dismal in recent contests following a bye, winless SU in their last six on the road, while going 2-7 SU, 3-6 ATS, in their last nine overall.

Seattle has also struggled coming off a bye, winning their last two SU, but going 5-11 SU in their last 16. However, they have only hosted one of their last 10 following a bye week, posting a dominating 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints as 6.5-point chalk in their most recent such home date two years ago.

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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