The New England Patriots — already the 9-5 Super Bowl favorites at the Westgate SuperBook and the No. 1 team in the NFL Vegas Rankings here at Chalk — have also extended their lead atop the NFL ATS Standings.
Graham Glasgow Game Jersey The Patriots are 11-3 ATS after their 16-3 win as 3-point road favorites at Denver with the Dallas Cowboys falling 1.5 games back at 9-4-1 ATS, as they failed to cover for the fourth straight game in their 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 7-point home favorites. There is then a cluster of six teams at 9-5 ATS: Oakland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washington, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.
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Following an 11-point loss to the Giants in Week 15, the Lions dropped to 24th overall, according to the NFL Vegas power rankings. Our handicappers give ratings for all 32 teams.
Bortles is talking about Gus Bradley, whom the Jaguars (2-12) fired Sunday night after his 48th loss in 62 games as the team’s head coach. The players embraced Bradley, who emphasized positivity and concentrated on being your best instead of stressing wins and losses. He spent nearly as much time speaking with the players about their lives, mindset, beliefs and attitudes nearly as much as he did about football.
Bradley certainly wasn’t an old-school, hard-ass coach. He was more new-age in his approach.
Most of the players loved it, but it didn’t result in many victories. Just two this season, which is the ninth year in which the Jaguars have failed to have a winning season and the sixth year in a row with double-digit losses. Their latest loss, 21-20 at Houston last Sunday, was the ninth in a row and GM Dave Caldwell fired Bradley after the game.