Streaking Chiefs favored over Chargers in Week 14

Leave a comment

The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to solidify their position as the AFC’s top Wild Card with a seventh straight win when they play host to the struggling San Diego Chargers on Sunday as big 10-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

It looked to be a lost season for the Chiefs after they followed up an opening day win over Houston with five consecutive straight up and against the spread losses, including a pair of defeats on home turf as betting underdogs.

Kansas City has since made a stunning turnaround, posting six straight SU and ATS wins to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets at 7-5, entering Sunday afternoon’s Chargers vs. Chiefs betting matchup at Arrowhead Stadium atop the AFC Wild Card race on the strength of their 6-2 SU record against conference opponents.

The Chiefs host a Chargers squad that has had far less to cheer about, going 1-8 SU in their last nine games following a 17-3 loss at home to Denver last weekend.

San Diego faces the huge task of ending three-game SU and four-game ATS losing streaks against the Chiefs, who have held opposing passers to under 200 yards in the air in three of their last five outings.

The Broncos, meanwhile, will try to pad their lead atop the AFC West when they host the faltering Oakland Raiders as big 8.5-point favorites. Led by young quarterback Brock Osweiler, Denver has won three straight to move to 10-2 on the year, and have now won two straight ATS for the first time since Week 3.

After opening their campaign on a 4-3 SU run, and looking ready to contend for a postseason berth for the first time since 2002, the Raiders have lost four of five, averaging just 17.75 points per game during that stretch.

Complicating their current woes, Oakland has also lost eight straight to the Broncos, 1-7 ATS, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, a stretch that follows four straight victories at Mile High Stadium.

Elsewhere in Week 14, the Steelers will try to keep pace with Kansas City when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals as 3-point underdogs, while the Jets look for a third straight win when they battle the Tennessee Titans as 7.5-point chalk.

Pittsburgh is winless SU and ATS in their last two on the road, while the 10-2 Bengals have allowed just over 11 points per game over their last six. New York has won two straight at home against the Titans, who are winless ATS in four of their last five.

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.

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL