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NFL odds: Where Patriots stand in opening Super Bowl LV betting lines revealed

NFL odds: Where Patriots stand in opening Super Bowl LV betting lines revealed

Super Bowl LIV in Miami is still about three weeks away, but that hasn't stopped oddsmakers from releasing betting lines for Super Bowl LV.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has revealed its opening lines for the winner of Super Bowl LV, and the New England Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the fourth-best odds at 12-1.

Here's the full list, via CBS Sports' Will Brinson.

Kansas City Chiefs: 7-1
San Francisco 49ers: 8-1
Baltimore Ravens: 8-1
New Orleans Saints: 10-1
New England Patriots: 12-1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-1
Dallas Cowboys: 16-1
Philadelphia Eagles: 20-1
Green Bay Packers: 20-1
Seattle Seahawks: 20-1
Tennessee Titans: 30-1
Los Angeles Rams: 30-1
Cleveland Browns: 30-1
Chicago Bears: 30-1
Los Angeles Chargers: 30-1
Indianapolis Colts: 30-1
Houston Texans: 30-1
Minnesota Vikings: 30-1
Buffalo Bills: 40-1
Atlanta Falcons: 40-1
Las Vegas Raiders: 40-1
Denver Broncos: 60-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 60-1
New York Jets: 60-1
Arizona Cardinals: 80-1
New York Giants: 80-1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 80-1
Detroit Lions: 80-1
Carolina Panthers: 100-1
Cincinnati Bengals: 100-1
Miami Dolphins: 100-1
Washington Redskins: 100-1

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The Patriots are a decent value bet at 12-1, especially if quarterback Tom Brady returns and the team is aggressive in the trade/free agent markets in surrounding the 42-year-old with more offensive talent than he had in the 2019 season. The Seattle Seahawks also are a nice bet at 20-1 with an elite quarterback and key players returning from injury in 2020. 

The best value bet, however, might be the Green Bay Packers at 20-1. Oddsmakers aren't giving Aaron Rodgers and Co. much of a chance despite Green Bay finishing the regular season 13-3 and earning a place in Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Super Bowl LV is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

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Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Ask anyone associated with the New England Patriots, and they'll tell you Tom Brady should stay put.

Ask any Patriots opponent, and they'll tell you Brady should leave -- and never come back.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" from Radio Row in Miami on Wednesday and was asked where he thinks Brady may sign in free agency this offseason.

His answer shouldn't surprise you.

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"I hope not with New England anymore," Heyward said. " ... Let the NFC deal with him for a while. That'd be nice. He's terrorized the AFC enough."

Heyward would know. Brady's Patriots trounced his Steelers 33-3 in Week 1 of the 2019 season and have beaten Pittsburgh in six of their last seven meetings, including playoffs.

New England also has reached the Super Bowl in four of the previous six seasons and made the AFC Championship Game in eight of the last nine seasons, annually crushing the postseason dreams of AFC rivals like the Steelers, who won 10 or more games in four straight seasons from 2014 to 2017 but never reached the Super Bowl in that span.

So, you can see why Heyward (and Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu) would appreciate Brady getting out of his hair.

Unfortunately for the AFC, that doesn't look likely: The Patriots are the odds-on favorite to re-sign the 42-year-old QB in free agency, followed by three AFC teams: the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

But Heyward still appreciates Brady's greatness, even if the 20-year veteran doesn't grant his wish.

"I think he understands the game at a different level," Heyward said of Brady. He knows when to hit you with pace. He knows when to make you feel uncomfortable, and he's gonna exploit you."

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Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

The NFL's investigation of the New England Patriots remains ongoing.

The league launched an investigation into the Patriots in December after they videotaped the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game against the Browns in Cleveland.

League commissioner Roger Goodell was asked Wednesday at his Super Bowl LIV press conference in Miami for a status on the process and why it's taken so long. Goodell provided a brief update and pushed back on the notion that it's taken too long for the investigation to complete (H/T to ESPN's Mike Reiss for transcribing).

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Question: On the videotaping incident with the Bengals, what is the status of the investigation? When do you expect it to be complete? Why is it taking so long? You have the video, the Patriots admitted wrongdoing, shouldn't it be relatively open and shut?

Goodell: "The answer to that (last) question is 'No.' It shouldn't, because our responsibility is to make sure we're being extremely thorough. We have a responsibility to 31 other clubs, we have a responsibility to partners, we have a responsibility to fans to understand all of what happened, and make sure that something that we don't know happened didn't happen. 

"And so, from our standpoint, we want to make sure we're being thorough. Our team has been on it. We have been focused on this. I think it has not been that lengthy of time. We have obviously put the focus on it, but we're going to get it right. When we come to a conclusion, we'll certainly make sure people are aware of it."

The Patriots issued a statement after the incident occurred that said the video crew was sent to Cleveland to collect footage for a team website series titled "Do Your Job." New England admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field" from its spot in the Cleveland press box.

Part of the footage captured by the video crew was shown exclusively on FOX Sports' NFL pregame show on Dec. 15 before the Patriots beat the Bengals 34-13 to clinch a playoff spot.

There is still no timetable for when the investigation will be completed. Goodell did not provide one Wednesday, so it looks like this matter won't be resolved until some time in the offseason.

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