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142.5
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NWEST
-17 63%
17 37%
139
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SETON
DPAUL
-10 55%
10 45%
143
2020-01-29 19:00
CITDL
WOFFD
7.5 30%
-7.5 70%
148
2020-01-29 19:00
STPET
MONMO
-1.5 44%
1.5 56%
133
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INDST
DRAKE
-3.5 62%
3.5 38%
136
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W.CAR
NCGRE
4.5 33%
-4.5 67%
147
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FURMN
VMI
-17 62%
17 38%
144.5
2020-01-29 19:00
FORDM
STBON
5 27%
-5 73%
119
2020-01-29 19:00
UMASS
STJOE
-6.5 73%
6.5 27%
151.5
2020-01-29 19:00
E.CAR
HOUST
13 32%
-13 68%
139.5
2020-01-29 19:00
UCF
MEMPH
2 32%
-2 68%
138
2020-01-29 19:00
E.TEN
MERCR
-15 58%
15 42%
137
2020-01-29 19:00
NIOWA
MIZST
-9.5 66%
9.5 34%
136
2020-01-29 19:00
BRAD
VALPO
-6.5 65%
6.5 35%
142
2020-01-29 19:00
LSU
ALA
-4.5 62%
4.5 38%
162
2020-01-29 19:00
DUQU
DAYTN
8.5 28%
-8.5 72%
140
2020-01-29 19:00
GWASH
DAVID
4.5 29%
-4.5 71%
135
2020-01-29 19:00
ND
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UCONN
TEMPL
-6 62%
6 38%
131.5
2020-01-29 19:30
SAMFD
CHATT
3 18%
-3 82%
148
2020-01-29 20:00
LASAL
STL
4 41%
-4 59%
130
2020-01-29 20:00
ORALR
SD.ST
-4 55%
4 45%
155
2020-01-29 20:00
ILLST
EVANS
-5.5 98%
5.5 2%
134
2020-01-29 20:00
S.ILL
LOYCH
4 46%
-4 54%
118
2020-01-29 20:00
TULAN
S.FLA
-1 67%
1 33%
126
2020-01-29 20:00
KANST
OKLA
0 54%
0 46%
134
2020-01-29 20:00
TCU
TEXAS
-4.5 57%
4.5 43%
126
2020-01-29 20:00
TEXTK
W.VA
-2.5 49%
2.5 51%
129
2020-01-29 20:30
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MARQ
-2.5 55%
2.5 45%
145
2020-01-29 20:30
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S.CAR
-9 0%
9 0%
142
2020-01-29 20:30
PENST
INDY
-6 61%
6 39%
143
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NEV
-4 60%
4 40%
150
2020-01-29 21:00
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SJ.ST
-16 65%
16 35%
153
2020-01-29 21:00
NEWMX
SD.ST
10.5 0%
-10.5 0%
144
2020-01-29 21:00
UTVAL
CALBAP
0 34%
0 66%
144.5
2020-01-29 21:00
BC
LOUIS
12.5 35%
-12.5 65%
133
2020-01-29 21:00
IOWAS
BAYLR
4.5 29%
-4.5 71%
141
2020-01-29 23:00
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ARZST
2.5 44%
-2.5 56%
143.5

The Lede: Matthew Stafford Entering MVP Discussion?

For the first time since 2011, the Detroit Lions are off to a 2-0 start. Their two wins are largely attributable to the strong play of quarterback Matthew Stafford. The NFL’s highest-paid player is proving he’s worth every penny of that $135 million deal. Stafford has faced two of the toughest pass defenses in the league to start the 2017 season — the Cardinals and Giants — and has totaled 414 passing yards, six touchdowns (tied for first in NFL), and just one interception, good for a 114.6 passer rating (third among QBs who have played two games).

Once again, Stafford is making the most of a mediocre supporting cast. Between Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Kenny Golladay, there are no true stars in the receiving corps, and the running game has only been able to manage 3.7 yards per carry thus far (18th). Will this be the year Stafford’s on-field heroics are finally recognized with individual hardware? Takeaway: Stafford could dramatically improve his NFL MVP resume by leading the Lions to an NFC North crown. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, that means dethroning Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and holding off the improving Vikings, who have a more complete roster than Detroit as long as Sam Bradford is healthy. A division title isn’t a prerequisite for winning MVP. Adrian Peterson won the award in 2012 when his Vikings were the runner-up in the North; same goes for Peyton Manning with the Colts in 2008. For Stafford, an outstanding passer rating and a Wild Card berth could be enough. On Bet365, Matthew Stafford is currently listed at +4000 to win NFL MVP. There is a lot of value in those odds, especially when you consider some of the players listed ahead of him. Since 2001, only three running backs have won the award (Peterson, Ladainian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander) yet Marshawn Lynch (+3300), Kareem Hunt (+2000), Le’Veon Bell (+2000), and Ezekiel Elliott (+900) all possess shorter odds than Stafford. Continuing with the disrespect to Stafford, no wide receiver has ever won MVP, yet Antonio Brown (+2800) and Julio Jones (+2500) are both being given a better chance. Though it’s still very early in the season, the MVP race is going to boil down to five names: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford. Dak Prescott is simply not MVP-worthy; Ben Roethlisberger is arguably holding the Steelers offense back; Russell Wilson will be lucky to make it out of 2017 without a serious injury; and Cam Newton is clearly not right after offseason shoulder surgery. But again, all of those QBs have shorter odds than Stafford.

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