Tom Brady won the NFL’s MVP award for a third time in his career on Saturday.
However, before then, somebody was spotted at a Patriots presser with Brady’s pre-written speech during Super Bowl week:
Brady was already named the MVP by the Pro Football Writers of America, and while he’s got five Super Bowls on his resume, he’s got just two NFL MVP awards. In his 16 starts this season, the Patriots went 13-3 while he threw for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Defenseman Michal Kempny, acquired this week from the Chicago Blackhawks, made his Capitals debut and was on ice for each of Washington’s two even-strength goals against.
“He was fine,” coach Barry Trotz told the team’s website regarding Kempny’s debut. “There are going to be a lot of things you’re going to like about Michal. I thought for his debut he did all right.”
On Monday in Buffalo, John Carlson had a goal and an assist and Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves in Washington’s 3-2 win.
Despite their clean bill of health that included news that star tight end Rob Gronkowski would play, the betting line has remained steady with New England going off as 4.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The opening line of New England -6 was almost immediately bet down to -4.5 and has stuck there all week in the final moments leading up to the game.
The spread is an interesting one. Both teams enter this game with identical 15-3 SU and 12-6 ATS records. During the regular season, the Eagles allowed one less point on defense at 295 than the Patriots did at 296, and on offense the Patriots scored one more point than the Eagles at 458 to 457.
New England and Philadelphia are seemingly evenly matched, so this spread simply boils down to Nick Foles not getting the same respect as Carson Wentz may have and New England’s reputation as an unbeatable force.
The Patriots are a perfect 13-0 SU and ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of seven points or less per the OddsShark NFL Database. But in the Super Bowl, six of New England’s last seven appearances have been decided by four points or less, with the only exception being last year’s overtime win against Atlanta.