Tue, Oct 2, 1:34pm by Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Rams affirmed themselves as Super Bowl favourites with a 38-31 win against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw five touchdown passes and 465 yards in an impressive performance.
The Rams are $4.33 to win the Super Bowl and are undefeated this season, winning their first four games.
The Vikings were one of the leading contenders in the NFC before the season began, but have only one win from four starts this season. They have slopped to $15 to win the Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots got back to winning ways, hammering AFC East rival the Miami Dolphins 38-7.
The Patriots are $8 to win the Super Bowl and sent a message to their division rival, who were undefeated before Sunday’s loss.
Tom Brady had three touchdowns and 274 yards in the win, with the Patriots leading 31-0 after three quarters.
It was Miami’s first loss of the season, but they remain one game clear atop the division standings. They are $81 to win the Super Bowl.
The Jacksonville Jaguars bounced back from a poor home loss to Tennessee last weekend with a 31-12 win against the Jets.
Blake Bortles threw two touchdowns and had 388 yards as the Jags throttled the Jets. They have now won three games this season and are $11 to win the Super Bowl.
After a first up win, the Jets have dropped three in a row.
The New Orleans Saints used a strong second and third quarter to beat the New York Giants 33-18 at MetLife Stadium.
It is the third win in a row for the Saints and the result comes with Drew Brees not throwing a touchdown pass. The quarterback had only 217 yards as the team’s rushing unit dominated proceedings.
Alvin Kamara had three touchdowns and 134 yards, as the Saints rushed for 170 yards total.
They are $11 to win the Super Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers brushed aside the lowly Buffalo Bills to record a 22-0 win at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers was far from his best; throwing for 298 yards but completing only 22 of 40 pass attempts. The Packers have won two games and drawn one this season and are priced at $13 to win the Super Bowl.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles lost an overtime game to the surging Tennessee Titans 26-23 in Nashville.
The Titans move to 3-1 after that result, while the Eagles fall to 2-2.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had 50 pass attempts and 348 yards in the loss. The Eagles are $13 to win the Super Bowl, while the Titans are $51 outsiders.
The Baltimore Ravens ($21) and Cincinnati Bengals ($21) both enjoyed underdog road wins against Pittsburgh ($34) and Atlanta ($51) respectively.
Both teams are on 3-1 in the AFC North. The Ravens got the better of their nemesis the Steelers 26-14, while the Bengals used a late touchdown drive by Andy Dalton to defeat Atlanta 37-36.
It was an afternoon to remember for Chicago Bears ($34) quarterback Mitch Trubisky as he threw a career best six touchdown passes in a 48-10 win against Tampa Bay ($101).
The Bears are now 3-1 and it’s been their defence that has been the story of their season. On Sunday it was their offence that dazzled, as the Bucs lost back-to-back games.
There were wins in week four for the Seattle Seahawks ($101), Los Angeles Chargers ($26) and Dallas Cowboys ($34) against the winless Arizona Cardinals ($501), San Francisco 49ers ($201) and Detroit Lions ($201).
Baker Mayfield’s first start for the Cleveland Browns was a controversial one as the Raiders won their first game of the season 45-42 in overtime.
Derek Carr threw four touchdowns, while Mayfield had two touchdowns and four turnovers.
The match was seemingly over when Carlos Hyde looked to have done enough for a first down with 90 seconds left on the clock for Cleveland.
The ruling was overturned and he was deemed short. The Raiders drove the ball up field to score a touchdown and two-point conversion and sent the game into overtime.
Both teams have won just one game this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 4-0 this season after a 27-23 win against AFC West rival Denver on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter before rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes rallied his side with clutch plays down the stretch.
Super Bowl 53 Winner Odds
LA Rams $4.33
New England Patriots $8
Kansas City Chiefs $10
Jacksonville Jaguars $11
New Orleans Saints $11
Philadelphia Eagles $13
Green Bay Packers $13
Minnesota Vikings $15
Baltimore Ravens $21
Carolina Panthers $21
Cincinnati Bengals $21
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