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NFL odds: Latest Super Bowl betting lines after Patrick Mahomes injury

NFL odds: Latest Super Bowl betting lines after Patrick Mahomes injury

The NFL landscape was impacted in several ways Thursday night when reigning league MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left his team's game against the Denver Broncos after suffering a knee injury on a QB sneak in the first quarter.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that Mahomes, as of Friday morning, is expected to be out "at least three weeks." The star quarterback will undergo an MRI to determine if there's any ligament damage in his right knee. 

Mahomes' injury has had an immediate impact on the updated odds to win Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs were +800 or +850 to win the Super Bowl at several sportsbooks entering Week 7, but after this injury setback, Kansas City is now +1000 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Here are the latest odds:

The New England Patriots have been the favorites for most of the 2019 season, and they certainly benefit from a weakened Chiefs squad.

The defending Super Bowl champs are the lone unbeaten team in the AFC at 6-0, and they entered Week 7 with a two-game lead over both the Chiefs and Houston Texans for the top seed in the conference. If Mahomes is out for the rest of the season, the Patriots obviously would be overwhelming favorites to return to the Super Bowl for a fourth consecutive season. The Chiefs, at least so far, have been the only real threat to the Patriots in the AFC this season. The Texans are a quality team as well, but Houston has yet to prove it can win in the playoffs (1-3 record since 2015, and the only win was against a backup QB).

The Seahawks continue to be a good value bet at 18-1 odds despite having a 5-1 record and the betting favorite to win MVP in quarterback Russell Wilson. The New Orleans Saints are the favorites in the NFC after going 4-0 since Teddy Bridgewater took over for injured quarterback Drew Brees in Week 2.

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NFL playoff picture: How Patriots can clinch AFC playoff spot in Week 15

NFL playoff picture: How Patriots can clinch AFC playoff spot in Week 15

There's a lot at stake for the top two teams in the AFC playoff race in Week 15.

The New England Patriots enter the weekend as the No. 2 seed with a 10-3 record, and they are trying to avoid three consecutive losses, something the team hasn't suffered since the 2002 season. The likelihood of another defeat Sunday is pretty small, however, because the Patriots are playing a Cincinnati Bengals team that sits at the bottom of the league standings with a 1-12 record.

What must the Patriots do to clinch a playoff spot in Week 15? It's simple -- win or tie and they're in.

A victory would clinch at least a wild card spot for New England. The defending Super Bowl champions cannot clinch the AFC East on Sunday. However, a win over the Bengals followed by a Week 16 victory over the Buffalo Bills would clinch the division title for the Patriots.

The Patriots also could see their hopes of earning the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs end this weekend. The Baltimore Ravens currently are the No. 1 seed, and they would clinch that spot with a win over the New York Jets, combined with a Patriots loss to the Bengals and a Kansas City Chiefs loss to the Denver Broncos. The Ravens would clinch a first-round bye if any of the following three scenarios unfold:

BAL win + NE loss
BAL win + KC loss or tie
BAL tie + KC loss

The easiest way for the Patriots to clinch a first-round bye is to win their last three regular season games. Winning all of these matchups would guarantee at least the No. 2 seed for Tom Brady and Co.

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Patriots video showed 'direct view' of Bengals sideline for 'eight minutes,' report says

Patriots video showed 'direct view' of Bengals sideline for 'eight minutes,' report says

More details are emerging about what happened in Cleveland during last Sunday's Browns-Cincinnati Bengals game, and they're not a great look for the New England Patriots.

According to The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr., a member of the Patriots' production crew "wearing Boston Bruins gear" was spotted in the Cleveland press box capturing extended footage from the Bengals' sideline.

From Dehner:

According to sources who have viewed the tape, it shows about eight minutes of data focusing on recording the Bengals’ sideline. It’s a direct view of the sideline as players run on and off the field and coaches make signals for plays.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Monday the NFL is investigating the Patriots for having a film crew at Sunday's game.

Here's New England's perspective: In a statement Monday, the team said the film crew was dispatched by a production crew working independently from football operations to shoot a feature on a Patriots advance scout for "Do Your Job," a video series on Patriots.com that highlights the work of various staffers.

Head coach Bill Belichick insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the film crew and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

But even if Belichick was unaware of what was going on, the Patriots videotaping an opposing team's sideline to identify signals (New England plays Cincinnati this Sunday) is a far more serious offense than simply shooting footage of an advance scout at work.

"This isn’t an over-the-shoulder of the advanced scout who is doing his job stuff," Dehner wrote. "This is shooting the sideline. For an extended period of time.

"The egregious nature of the video is why it set off the firestorm it did during the game with the Bengals executives in the press box."

The NFL's investigation still is ongoing, so expect more developments as this story unfolds.

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