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How backup Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham's pick-six vs. Jets impacted Vegas

How backup Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham's pick-six vs. Jets impacted Vegas

Jarrett Stidham's appearance at the end of Sunday's Patriots win over the Jets was a surprise -- an unpleasant one for many bettors.

As evidenced by New England's 43-0 win over the Dolphins in Week 2, Tom Brady doesn't usually get pulled from games regardless of what the scoreboard says. That wasn't the case in Week 3, though, as Stidham took over for Brady with a 30-7 lead and 8:41 remaining in the game. The rookie's debut started off promising with an 11-yard pass to Phillip Dorsett, then things went downhill quickly.

A few plays later, Stidham tossed an interception into the arms of Jets safety Jamal Adams, who returned it for a touchdown to make the score 30-14.

That turned out to be the final score. A good win for Patriots fans, and a bad beat for Patriots bettors who took them to cover their enormous spread, which went up to -22.5.

According to The Action Network, Patriots -21 was the second most commonly placed NFL bet at Westgate Sportsbook last week. The swing also cost some sportsbooks who were too heavy on the Jets, with live lines increasing up to +31 during the game.

So while most of New England would like to see Stidham replace Brady at the end of blowouts more often, Vegas probably would prefer Belichick return to his ways of sticking with his 42-year-old QB from start to finish. After what occurred on Sunday, that may be the case for the foreseeable future.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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