Steelers, Patriots, Panthers set as favorites on NFL Week 4 betting lines

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Coming off a shellacking in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Steelers are regrouping to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Week 4 Sunday Night Football betting matchup.

The Steelers are listed as six-point favorites against the Chiefs with a total of 47.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Steelers are 12-2 straight-up in their last 14 games after a loss. Pittsburgh is 4-5-1 against the spread in their last 10 home games vs. AFC West teams.

The Chiefs, who have dropped their first two away games, are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games after consecutive road losses.

The Cincinnati Bengals are listed as seven-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins, with a total of 44.5 for their Thursday game. The Bengals, who are coming off losses to Pittsburgh and Denver, have a streak of 5-0 SU and ATS after consecutive losses. The Dolphins are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games as road underdogs according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Minnesota Vikings are favored by four against the New York Giants, with a total of 43. The Vikings are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of four points or less. The Giants, who lost to Washington in Week 3, are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games after losing as a favorite.

With both Tom Brady understudies banged up, the New England Patriots are 4.5-point home favorites against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots boast a 4-0 ATS streak at home. The Bills are 2-23 SU in their last 25 games vs. New England.

With Russell Wilson (sprained MCL) nursing an injury, the Seattle Seahawks are 1.5-point favorites against the New York Jets, with a total of 40.5. The Seahawks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games vs. teams with losing records. The Jets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games vs. teams with winning records.

The Carolina Panthers are three-point road favorites against the Atlanta Falcons, with a total of 46. The Panthers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 October games. The Falcons are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games in Week 4.

The Dallas Cowboys are three-point favorites against the San Francisco 49ers, with a total of 46. The Cowboys are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven Week 4 games. The 49ers, who have lost their last two games, are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after consecutive losses.

The Detroit Lions are favored by three against the winless Chicago Bears, with a total of 47. The Lions are 6-0 SU in their last six games against the Bears. The Bears are 1-8 SU in their last nine games against their division.

The undefeated Denver Broncos are three-point road favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a total of 44.5. The Broncos are 7-2 SU in their last nine road games. The Bucs are 1-6 SU in their last seven interconference games.

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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