Patriots

NFL Odds: Patriots a road favorite for record 29th straight game Sunday vs. Eagles

NFL Odds: Patriots a road favorite for record 29th straight game Sunday vs. Eagles

Some teams are lovable underdogs. But that doesn't apply to the New England Patriots — not by a long shot.

When New England travels to Philadelphia for their Week 11 matchup against the Eagles, the Pats will be a road favorite for the 29th consecutive game, extending their own NFL record, a streak that started with Tom Brady's first game back after his Deflategate suspension in 2016.

Not only have the Patriots succeeded in these situations, they've flourished, winning 75 percent of their games during that stretch — and doing so with an average margin of victory of 9.5 points — according to @BostonSportsInf on Twitter.

Here's a closer look at the longest streaks as a road favorite in NFL history:

Team (Years) Games Record
1. Patriots ('16-'19) 28 21-7
2. Rams ('99-'02) 26 18-8
3. 49ers ('83-'86) 21 15-6
4. 49ers ('96-'98) 17 13-4
5. 49ers ('93-'95) 16 11-5
T6. Colts ('06-'08) 15 9-6
T6. Redskins ('90-'92) 15 10-5

The Patriots are currently 3½-point favorites for Sunday's game, according to the Westgate Superbook, and their only road games remaining this season after this week are at Houston and Cincinnati. So barring a major injury, New England should extend their record streak to 31 consecutive games by season's end.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

FOXBORO — Might as well, right? 

The Patriots have had to trot out four different place kickers in 2019. Three of them have come aboard since Stephen Gostkowski went on season-ending injured reserve. They had another, Younghoe Koo, on the practice squad for a time. 

They're trying everything there. And while Nick Folk has been solid — as solid as a third option could be — the Patriots aren't going to prevent themselves from seeking out ways to improve that spot. 

Even if that means bringing in a YouTube star. 

According to ESPN, the team has signed trick-shot kicker Josh Gable to its practice squad. Gable was out at practice on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Patriots worked out Gable earlier this year but the job went to Mike Nugent. Then Nugent was released in favor of Folk. When Folk had to get his appendix out, Kai Forbath came aboard. 

Now Gable will have a chance to impress on an NFL roster. At least for a time. He did not play college football, and played pro soccer in Europe for a time. He played in the Indoor Football League for the Nebraska Danger and Tucson Sugar Skulls. 

Gable's videos show some clear athleticism and a strong leg, but he'll be tested in the elements in New England (it snowed in the Foxboro area early Wednesday morning). He'll have his hands full carving out a role.

But at this point, for the Patriots, why not? 

The Patriots had multiple practice-squad spots open after two of their p-squad players, defensive back Nate Brooks and offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier, were signed to the active rosters of the Dolphins and Jaguars, respectively. There was a new (at this point unannounced) practice-squad defensive back at Wednesday's practice as well.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

A resolution to the NFL's investigation into the New England Patriots videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline in Cleveland last weekend is not likely to be announced Wednesday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent provided a brief statement on the status of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The Athletic reported Tuesday the Patriots' tape has about eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals' sideline.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that he and the football staff had absolutely nothing to do with the video crew that was present at the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland.

The Patriots said Monday in a statement that the video crew was at FirstEnergy Stadium to get footage for an upcoming episode of the team's "Do Your Job" series that runs on Patriots.com. The team noted in the statement that its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping was an "unintended oversight". The Patriots also admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box."

The defending Super Bowl champs play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is the Patriots' final road game of the regular season.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft gives statement on taping controversy>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.