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NFL odds: How Patriots' and Ravens' wins impacted latest Super Bowl betting lines

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NFL odds: How Patriots' and Ravens' wins impacted latest Super Bowl betting lines

The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens both won Sunday as the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed intensified, but how did these victories impact the latest Super Bowl LIV odds?

The Patriots, who defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on the road to improve to 9-1 atop the AFC standings, remain the favorite in the updated odds posted Monday at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Ravens' odds have increased after a 41-7 blowout win over a good Houston Texans team. Baltimore is 8-2 and just one game behind New England for first place in the conference.

The NFC is really interesting because five teams have an 8-3 record or better. The New Orleans Saints are the new favorites to win the conference, leapfrogging the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints bounced back in Week 11 with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve to 8-2. The 49ers also recovered from a Week 10 loss to defeat the Arizona Cardinals. San Francisco is an NFC-best 9-1, but oddsmakers still aren't convinced Jimmy Garoppolo and Co. are the best team in the conference.

Here are the latest Super Bowl betting lines from the Westgate:

The Seattle Seahawks still are a great bet at 16-1. They beat the 49ers on the road in Week 10 and enjoyed a much-needed bye in Week 11. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the leading candidate for NFL MVP, and the defense has steadily improved throughout the season. Let's not forget the Seahawks have a talented and experienced coaching staff, too.

The Green Bay Packers at 12-1 are a nice bet as well. Any team led by elite quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a chance to win in the playoffs, and Green Bay's defense is much-improved from 2018. The Dallas Cowboys are 20-1 as NFC East leaders, and they have a huge opportunity to send a statement to the rest of the NFL on Sunday with a Week 12 matchup versus the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. An upset victory over the Patriots likely would cause a huge shift in the Cowboys' Super Bowl odds, so grab Dallas now if you like its chances in January.

Updated look at NFL playoff picture entering Week 12>>>

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Bill Belichick shares amusing story about Rob Gronkowski after he makes NFL's All-Time team

Bill Belichick shares amusing story about Rob Gronkowski after he makes NFL's All-Time team

The New England Patriots selected Rob Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Little did they know that at the time that he would go on to become arguably the greatest tight end ever.

Over the course of his nine-year career with the Patriots, Gronkowski recorded 521 catches for 7,861 yards and a whopping 80 total touchdowns. He established himself as one of the best pass-catchers in the league and for a time, it seemed impossible for opposing defenses to tackle him.

Gronkowski is a shoo-in to be nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was named to the NFL's All-Time team on Friday night. However, despite these honors, it wasn't always certain that he would be a success.

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As Bill Belichick detailed on the All-Time team special, Gronkowski was more of a "shot in the dark" than anything else, especially after a comically bad pre-draft visit.

"Rob was kind of a shot in the dark," Belichick said. "He came up on his pre-draft visit and had a bad visit. We put him in a room. Came back. He was asleep on the floor. He didn't make a very good impression."

Here's a look at Belichick's full story, via the NFL's official Twitter account.

Despite this, Belichick and the Patriots liked Gronkowski's skill set enough to trade up and select him in the second round of the draft. And it's safe to say that the decision paid off, as Gronk helped them to win three Super Bowls.

Gronkowski wasn't the only member of the Patriots to join the NFL's All-Time team on Friday. Offensive lineman John Hannah made the cut as well.

Hannah, a Hall of Famer, played in 183 games (all starts) at the guard position over the course of 13 years with the Patriots. He made seven All-Pro first-teams and nine Pro Bowls during his career.

Could trick-shot kicker return to Patriots in 2020 after practice squad release?

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Could trick-shot kicker return to Patriots in 2020 after practice squad release?

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots' rare instability at kicker has forced them to get creative.

The Patriots raised a few eyebrows Wednesday by signing Josh Gable -- a "YouTube star" with no college football kicking experience best known for his trick shot videos -- to their practice squad.

Gable's tenure in New England was short-lived, as the Patriots released him Friday.

So, why use a practice squad spot on a kicker only to cut him two days later?

"We had a spot available on the practice squad, and it gave us an opportunity to look at a younger kicker," head coach Bill Belichick said Friday.

" ... Rather than just (have him) come in and do a workout, we were actually able to (have him) kick with the team and put him on the practice squad for a couple days."

Belichick said the Patriots have no plans to move away from Nick Folk as their starting kicker this season. 

But getting Gable in for essentially a multi-day tryout allowed New England to explore a potential kicking option for 2020.

"We'll worry about that next year," Belichick said. " ... Put that in the bank, and maybe it comes up later on at some point in time down the road. Maybe it doesn’t. I’m not sure."

Such is the reality for the Patriots, who lost Stephen Gostkowski to season-ending hip surgery in October and have cycled through Mike Nugent, Kai Forbath, Folk and Younghoe Koo (practice squad) since.

Gostkowski turns 36 in January and is entering the final year of his contract, so Belichick has good reason to get a head start on contingency kicking options for 2020.

That's assuming New England doesn't stick with Folk: The veteran has been the most consistent of Gostkowski's replacements this season, connecting on eight of 11 field goals and making all four of his extra-point attempts.

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