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NFC East teams in spotlight on Week 12 NFL betting lines

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The Washington Redskins will be going for a share of first place in the NFC East when they welcome the division-leading New York Giants to the nation’s capital on Sunday as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

Washington dropped its ninth consecutive straight-up decision on the road in a 44-16 loss to Carolina last weekend, and enters Sunday afternoon’s Giants vs. Redskins betting matchup at FedExField with a middling 4-6 SU record.

However, the Redskins have been tough to beat at home, posting SU wins in each of their last four, and remain just a game back of New York in the tight divisional race

The Giants return to action following a bye last weekend, but dropped to 2-3 SU in their last five with their 26-24 loss to the New England Patriots two weeks ago. With just two games separating first and last place in the division, Sunday’s matchup is critical to both club’s tenuous playoff hopes.

The Giants posted a 32-21 win over Washington in Week 3, covering as 3-point favorites, but are just 2-2 SU against divisional rivals, while the Redskins, 1-1 in the division, have four games remaining against NFC East rivals, which could prove to be the difference in the divisional race.

The 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles will also try to keep pace with New York and Washington when they visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day as betting 1-point favorites.

It has been a hugely disappointing season for the Eagles, who opened the season with strong 17/2 odds to win Super Bowl 50, but have lost three of their last four SU, putting their playoff hopes in serious doubt.

The Lions have won two straight on the strength of solid defense, holding opponents to just 14.5 points per game in those victories, but have lost seven of their last eight SU against Philadelphia according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Dallas Cowboys look for a second straight win when they host the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving in a game pegged as a pick ’em at the sportsbooks.

The 3-7 Cowboys lost seven straight while pivot Tony Romo was sidelined with injury, but rebounded with a 24-14 victory over Miami last weekend and have won five straight against the currently undefeated Panthers.

In other NFL Week 12 betting action, the Patriots vie for a 14th straight SU win when they visit the Denver Broncos as 5.5-point chalk, while the Dolphins will try to revive their fading playoff hopes when they visit the New York Jets as 3.5-point underdogs.

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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