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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.

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing draws ‘hundreds of letters’ regarding case

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O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday drew nationwide attention, and the Board of Parole Commissioners demonstrated that by showing the “hundreds of letters of support and opposition” for Simpson.

The commissioner noted that a majority of the opposition letters asked the board to consider Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the murder case of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman and the subsequent civil case that ordered Simpson to pay $25 million to the victims’ families. But the letters were not considered in the case, in which the board paroled the former football star after he was sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in 2007 when he attempted to retrieve memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him.

The commissioner displayed what appeared to be five stacks of letters and said that the board “always encourages public opinion.” The parole hearing received widespread public attention, broadcast live nationally and drawing hundreds of reporters.

Simpson could be released as early as October.

Parole commissioner makes awkward-yet-hilarious slip up in O.J. Simpson’s hearing

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O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing Thursday captured moments of remorse and regret from the former Heisman running back but also a moment that was awkward, embarrassing and, frankly, comedic.

When the chairman of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Connie Bisbee, was verifying Simpson’s information, she made an unfortunate slip.

“We have that you are currently — well very recently you turned 90 years old,” Bisbee said to Simpson. After she realized she added a full 20 years to the 70-year-old Simpson’s actual age, Bisbee quickly apologized and corrected herself.

Laughing, Simpson responded “I feel like it, though.” The courtroom burst out laughing in a short moment of comedic relief.

It was announced shortly after the hearing that Simpson’s parole had been granted. Simpson is on track to be a freed man this year.