First-place Redskins visit Eagles as underdogs in Week 16

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The Washington Redskins can clinch first place in the NFC East division with a win on Saturday when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Redskins improved their straight-up record to 7-7 and claimed sole possession of top spot in the division with a standout performance last weekend, knocking off the visiting Buffalo Bills by a 35-25 score and notching their sixth SU win of the campaign as betting underdogs.

The victory also improves their against-the-spread record to 7-7 ahead of Saturday night’s Redskins vs. Eagles betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles prepare to face their divisional rivals after suffering a 40-17 beating on Sunday night at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, ending a two-game SU win streak. The Philadelphia defense has given up an average of 456.6 yards over their past five games, and 43.3 points per game in three losses during that stretch.

However, a win on Saturday night would give the Eagles control of their playoff destiny ahead of their Week 17 date with the New York Giants.

Philadelphia emerged victorious in their last two home dates with the Redskins according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and can capture the division crown with wins over Washington and then the Giants next weekend.

The Kansas City Chiefs will have their eye on first place in the AFC West when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as 13-point favorites. The 9-5 Chiefs have won eight straight SU to seize control of the top AFC Wild Card, and pull to within one game of the division-leading Denver Broncos.

Kansas City has also dominated at the sportsbooks, going 7-1 ATS during their current tear, and face a Browns squad that is a dismal 1-8 SU and ATS in their past nine games and has not won at Arrowhead Stadium since 2003.

The Broncos will try to end their current two-game losing skid when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night as 3.5-point favorites. Denver’s offense has struggled since their 30-24 Week 12 win over New England, averaging just 18.7 points per game while being held scoreless in the second half of their past three contests.

The 11-3 Bengals can lock up a first-round bye with a win, but are just 1-4 SU, 3-2 ATS, in their past five games against Denver.

In other NFL Week 16 betting action, the Giants visit the Minnesota Vikings as 6-point underdogs, while the Patriots visit the New York Jets as 3-point chalk, and the Baltimore Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers as 10-point underdogs.

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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