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Super Bowl odds: Patriots', 49ers' losses shake up latest betting lines

Super Bowl odds: Patriots', 49ers' losses shake up latest betting lines

The results from a crazy Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season led to a shakeup in the latest Super Bowl LIV betting odds, and there's still one more game left to play before we're on to Week 14.

The Seattle Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings on "Monday Night Football" to close out Week 13, and a victory for the home team would vault it from the No. 5 seed to the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

If you're confident in the Seahawks' ability to make a deep playoff run, you can still get great odds on them to win the Super Bowl. Seattle is 10-1 to win Super Bowl LIV in the updated betting lines from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

The Baltimore Ravens (3-1 odds) are the betting favorites for the second consecutive week. They beat the NFC-leading San Francisco 49ers 20-17 on Sunday. The New Orleans Saints are tied with the Patriots for the second-best odds at 4-1. The Patriots lost the AFC's No. 1 seed in Week 13 as a result of their loss to the Houston Texans combined with the Ravens' victory. Next up for the Patriots is a difficult matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Here's the newest list of Super Bowl odds from the Westgate:

The playoff races in both conferences are wide open entering the final quarter of the regular season, which should make for an exciting December. The NFC race, in particular, will be fun to watch unfold given the fact that five teams have an 8-3 record or better entering Monday night.

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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.

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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.

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