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Updated betting odds to make NFL playoffs for all 32 teams in 2019 season

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Updated betting odds to make NFL playoffs for all 32 teams in 2019 season

Training camps are about a month away for most NFL teams, and with free agency and the draft behind us, oddsmakers have released odds to make the playoffs for all 32 teams.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, who have not missed the postseason since 2008 when they went 11-5 without an injured Tom Brady, are -850 to make the playoffs. No other team is even close to those odds.

New England has won the AFC East division 10 consecutive years and in 15 of the last 16 seasons. Even a Brady injury might not severely dampen the Patriots' odds of making the playoffs given the lack of quality competition in the division. The Pats also have one of the easiest 2019 schedules based on opponents' win percentage in 2018.

Here's the full list of odds to make the playoffs next season.

The Miami Dolphins are the biggest longshots to make the playoffs at +1200. Former Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is entering his first season as Dolphins head coach, and the team's lack of a franchise quarterback certainly is one factor in these odds.

A couple interesting bets involve the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. The Packers should make the playoffs if quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy, but that hasn't been a sure thing over the last few years. Similarly, the Texans should be able to earn at least a wild-card berth if quarterback Deshaun Watson is able to stay healthy. Watson played all 16 games in 2018 after tearing his ACL about halfway through his rookie campaign. The Texans won the AFC South in 2018 with Watson.

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Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

When athletes retire from the sport they've played their whole lives, it's natural for them to miss the competition. That feeling is no different for former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, though, has chosen a unique way to get the competitive juices flowing. On July 11, he finished an impressive 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, taking home $59,295. 

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour told Yahoo! Sports. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

Seymour, according to Yahoo! Sports, learned how to play poker from his father and picked it up at a competitive level shortly after he retired from the NFL in 2012. In last week's WSOP, he peaked at $3.6 million. Seymour said he's used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the poker table. He also said he takes advantage of his status as a football legend, often bluffing when opponents assume he'll be an aggressive player. 

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” he said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day...“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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