Cardinals road favorites in Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football

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The Arizona Cardinals can clinch the NFC West division crown with a win when they battle the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Arizona rides a seven-game straight up win streak into Sunday night’s Cardinals vs. Eagles betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, but have failed to reward bettors during their current tear, going 1-3 against the spread in their past four games.

The Cardinals have struggled to score points in recent weeks, averaging just 23 per game over their past three after averaging over 35 per game in their previous three.

Fortunately, the Arizona defense has been up to the task, holding opponents to just 12 points per game in their last three, while effectively containing opposing rushers who have averaged just 68.3 ground yards and run for just one total touchdown.

Arizona’s recent low-scoring affairs have also forced the point total UNDER in their last three games, after playing OVER in eight of their first 10.

After suffering SU losses in four of five games through the end of November, a stretch that dropped them to 4-7 SU and seemingly out of playoff contention, Philadelphia has rebounded with a pair of big wins over New England and Buffalo.

The Eagles’ current win streak is even more impressive considering the beatings they suffered in their previous two games, surrendering a combined 90 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions in a pair of blowout losses.

Two weeks ago Philadelphia effectively turned a pair of Tom Brady interceptions into 14 points and added a third major on a Darren Sproles 83-yard punt return in their stunning 35-28 defeat of a Patriots team that sits as a favorite on the odds to win Super Bowl 50.

The Eagles followed that up with a 23-20 win over the Bills despite being dominated in both time of possession and total yards.

Philadelphia may need lightning to strike a third time if they are to steal a win against the Cardinals, who are 4-1 SU in their last five against the Eagles, going undefeated ATS during that stretch according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

But win or lose on Sunday, a playoff spot still remains within the Eagles’ grasp. Philadelphia enters Week 15 deadlocked with Washington and New York at 6-7 in the NFC East, but currently trails the Redskins on tiebreakers.

With SU victories over Washington and the Giants, whom they face in the final two weeks of the campaign, the Eagles would seize the edge in tiebreakers on both division rivals, should the clubs remain deadlocked in the divisional standings at the end of the regular season schedule.

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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