Tue, Aug 14, 1:06pm by Staff Writer
The New England Patriots rallied from a seven-point deficit after three quarters to pile on 16 unanswered points against Washington to win their pre-season opener 26-17 at Foxboro.
The Patriots were without Tom Brady, as Brian Hoyer threw for 144 yards in the win. New England is the overwhelming Super Bowl 53 favourite at $6 at Sportsbet.
2017 champions the Philadelphia Eagles struggled with third and fourth string quarterbacks Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan in the playmaker position in a 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh.
The Eagles are $10 to win the Super Bowl and favourites to emerge from the NFC.
The Steelers are one of the teams to beat in the AFC, priced as second favourites to win the AFC Championship at $5, behind New England at $3.
New Minnesota Vikings quarter back Kirk Cousins was sharp in limited game time against Denver as one of the contenders in the NFC toppled the Broncos 42-28.
Cousins was 4/4 for 42 yards, including one touchdown pass in the win, before sitting from the first quarter onwards.
The Vikings made last season’s NFC Championship game and are $6.50 to top the NFC this season and $11 to win the Super Bowl.
The Cleveland Browns notched their first win of the 2017 calendar year after going 0-16 last season. Their 20-10 pre-season win against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium featured number one draft pick Baker Mayfield.
He threw for two touchdowns and 212 yards on 11/20, with former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter, finishing with one touchdown and 99 yards on a perfect 5/5.
The Browns are unlikely to figure in the playoffs but are gaining pre-season attention due to their appearance on the HBO program Hard Knocks.
The Los Angeles Rams ($13) were well beaten by the Baltimore Ravens ($41) in Maryland, while the Packers ($13) got the better of the Tennessee Titans ($34) at Lambeau Field.
The Atlanta Falcons ($19) were held scoreless by the New York Jets ($151), who are tied with Buffalo ($151) as the two longest-priced teams to win the Super Bowl this season.
There were also wins for Arizona ($81) against the Chargers ($21) 24-17 and the Bengals ($81) narrowly defeated the Chicago Bears ($81) at home.
New Orleans ($17), Tampa Bay ($67) and Carolina ($34) all got wins, with the NFC South tipped to be one of the most hotly contested in the NFL this season.
Super Bowl 53 Odds – Sportsbet
New England Patriots $6
Philadelphia Eagles $10
Minnesota Vikings $11
Pittsburgh Steelers $11
LA Rams $13
Green Bay Packers $13
New Orleans Saints $17
Jacksonville Jaguars $19
Atlanta Falcons $19
LA Chargers $21
Houston Texans $21
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