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Osweiler, defense try to lift Broncos past Patriots

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The Denver Broncos will be trying to end a three-game losing streak against the spread when they battle the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Broncos return home after posting a 17-15 win in Chicago last weekend, eking out the victory on the strength of some poor play calling by the Bears. Chicago chose to forego a field goal attempt in a fourth-and-goal situation in the second half only to come up short on a play that would prove to be the difference in the game.

While the win ended their two-game straight up losing streak, Denver once again failed to cover the spread, this time as 2.5-point chalk.  Denver enters Sunday night’s Patriots vs. Broncos betting matchup at Sports Authority Field with just two ATS wins in their past seven outings.

Points have been hard to come by for the Broncos, who have scored an average of 18 per game over their last three games after averaging almost 25 points per game in their previous three.

With Peyton Manning sidelined with a foot injury, the task of re-igniting the Denver offense has fallen to Brock Osweiler, who will make his second NFL career start under center for the Broncos in Sunday’s contest.

Ostweiler performed admirably in last week’s win over the Bears, but it’s their defense that played a larger role in getting the Broncos to their current 8-2 record. The group has held opposing passers to under 300 yards in each of their last five.

Denver’s pass defense will be kept busy on Sunday night trying to contain Tom Brady. The New England quarterback is averaging an NFL-leading 332 passing yards per game and surpassed 300 yards in three of his four road performances this season.

While Brady continues to drive the offense, the Patriots’ defense quietly surpassed the Broncos as tops in the NFL, holding opponents to 17 or fewer points in five of their last eight games.

However, the 10-0 Patriots have surrendered 26 or more points in three of their four road contests this year and have also struggled at the sportsbooks, posting ATS wins in just two of their last six games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, while being favored by seven or more points in each of those clashes.

New England has also struggled in recent visits to the Rockies, posting just one SU win in their last five, getting outscored by over eight points per game in each of those losses.

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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