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Garoppolo, Patriots among favorites on Week 2 NFL betting slate

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With Jimmy Garoppolo as the starting quarterback, the New England Patriots are out to continue their pattern of getting a boost from winning as an underdog.

The Patriots are listed as 6.5-point favorites, with a total of 41.5, for their home opener vs. the Miami Dolphins at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. New England is 9-1 straight-up and 5-4-1 against the spread in its last 10 September home games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. New England is 7-0 SU in its last seven games after winning as an underdog. The Dolphins are 2-6 ATS over their last eight games.

The Green Packers are 2.5-point road favorites against the Minnesota Vikings with a total of 45 for their Sunday Night Football matchup. The Packers are 10-2-1 SU in their last 13 games against Minnesota, but the Vikings are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with winning records. The NFC North rivals’ last three games have gone under.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3.5-point home favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals, with a total of 47.5. The Steelers are 5-1 SU in their last six games against Cincinnati. The Bengals are 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven September games.

The Houston Texans are two-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs, with a total of 43.5. The Texans are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games with a closing total of 43.5 or less. The Chiefs are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games after a win. The total has gone under in Houston’s last five home games.

The Washington Redskins are favored by 3.5 points against the Dallas Cowboys, with a total of 44.5. Washington is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five NFC East matchups. The Cowboys are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against the Redskins. The total has gone under in five of the teams’ last seven meetings.

The New York Giants are 4.5-point favorites at home against the New Orleans Saints, with a 52.5 total, the highest of the week. The favored team is 9-1 SU in the last 10 games in this matchup. The Saints are on a run of being 10-3 ATS as an underdog. The total has gone over in six of the Giants’ last seven home games.

The Thursday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills is listed as a pick’em, with a total of 40.5. The Bills are 8-3 SU and ATS in their last 11 games after a loss. The Jets are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games against the Bills. The total has gone under in 10 of the Bills’ last 14 games as home favorites.

The Chicago Bears are three-point favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles with a total of 43 for their Monday Night Football matchup. The Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of three points or more. The total has gone over in six of the Eagles’ last seven games with a closing total of 42.5 or more.

Pederson remembers coaching start before Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hasn’t forgotten where his journey began: High school.

Following his playing career with the Dolphins, Packers, Browns and Eagles, Pederson bypassed professional coaching jobs. Instead, he joined Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, L.A., and quickly added an NFL-caliber playbook to the second-year program.

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This is where he learned that he loved to coach the game. He embraced his role at the school, where he would help in the cafeteria and line the field before games. “I just enjoyed that part of it,” he says. Ten seasons later, he will coach on the biggest stage in the world.

Super Bowl LII Prop Bets

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Oddsmakers have Super Bowl LII covered from every angle, and that includes the halftime show. There is all manner of betting speculation around Justin Timberlake being the featured halftime show performer, 14 years after the infamous “Nipplegate” incident with Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XVIII.

With the game in Minneapolis, hometown of Prince, it seems obvious that JT will cover a song by the Twin Cities’ favorite son, which pays out at -140 on the Super Bowl LII props at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total on Janet Jackson references is 1.5, with the over at even money; it’s hard to think Al Michaels could resist one mention.

The Philadelphia Eagles, with Nick Foles, are the first team in 27 years to reach the Super Bowl after losing their starting quarterback in December. It’s -150 on injured Carson Wentz being mentioned more than 3.5 times.

But oddsmakers also clearly expect the announcers to build a storyline around the New England Patriots, as it’s -130 for separate props on whether owner Robert Kraft or coach Bill Belichick will be mentioned or shown on-screen before their Eagles counterparts, Jeff Lurie and Doug Pederson respectively. Belichick is -125 to wear a blue shirt at kickoff time, since he wore that color during New England’s past two Super Bowl shows.

More than half of Super Bowl MVPs have been quarterbacks and Tom Brady is a -110 favorite while Nick Foles comes back at +350. It would probably take something on order of a three-touchdown day to wrest the honor from the winning QB, so both the Patriots’ Dion Lewis (+1800) and Eagles’ Jay Ajayi (+1800) are worthy darkhorse picks.

History is not on the side of Rob Gronkowski (+900) since a tight end has never been the game MVP, but Gronk does offer immense value at +400 to score the first Patriots touchdown.

It is +300 on any quarterback passing for 400 or more yards. The strength of the Eagles defense and the run-pass balance of Philadelphia’s offense makes that result look far-fetched.

There was no Gatorade bath for Belichick after Super Bowl LI, which the Patriots won in overtime, but he was doused with orange Gatorade after Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. It is +225 that the liquid poured on the winning coach will be either green, lime or yellow, with +250 for orange, +275 for red and +275 for clear/water.

Clear and orange have been the result four times apiece in the last 15 occurrences and red has not come up. Purple (+1000) has also been used four of the last 15 times and it would be ironic if it happens again, since that is the color of the host Vikings.

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