Vikings Solid Favorites Over Giants for Sunday Night Football

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The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to record consecutive wins for the first time since Week 10 when they play host to the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football as 5.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Vikings are coming off a convincing 38-17 victory over the Chicago Bears last weekend, halting a worrisome two-game losing streak while solidifying their position in the NFC Wild Card race with a 9-5 straight-up record.

The victory over the Bears also keeps Minnesota in contention in the NFC North, where they sit just one game back of the Green Bay Packers entering Sunday night’s Giants vs. Vikings betting matchup at TCF Bank Stadium.

It has been a challenging second half for the Vikings, who kicked off their campaign on a 7-2 tear, briefly seizing top spot in the NFC North standings. However, the club has battled inconsistency since, losing three of five SU, including a pair of devastating home losses to the Packers and Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota is averaging just 19.6 points per game during their current slide.

Despite their struggles, Minnesota continues to be a strong bet, going 11-3 against the spread. But that success has been built on limited expectations at the sportsbooks, where the Vikings have been pegged as underdogs on six occasions, and were favored by more than three points for the first time this season in last week’s win over Chicago, covering as 4-point chalk.

The Giants travel to the North Star State desperate for a win to maintain playoff hopes they no longer control. With just one SU win in their last five outings, New York has tumbled out of top spot in the NFC East, and at 6-8 teeters on the verge of elimination from postseason contention.

New York must win their final two regular season games and hope for a Philadelphia Eagles win in their matchup with the Washington Redskins to secure a playoff spot.

That may be asking a lot from a Giants squad that has failed to post consecutive wins since Week 5, and is 0-3 SU, 2-1 ATS, in their last three games against teams with winning records according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

With the Redskins and Eagles facing off on Saturday night, New York’s playoff fate may already be decided come game time on Sunday night.

But even if the Giants hit the gridiron as an also-ran, they can still play spoiler with a third consecutive SU win over Minnesota, which combined with a Packers victory over the Arizona Cardinals would hand Green Bay their fifth straight NFC North crown.

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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