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There has been some re­align­ment at the top of Su­per Bowl odds, but per­haps be­cause no other team has emerged as dom­i­nant, the strug­gling New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots re­main the favourite at 4-1 — and by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin. Next up is the Green Bay Pack­ers at 8-1, fol­lowed by the K.C. Chiefs and Pitts­burgh Steel­ers at 9-1 and the reign­ing NFC cham­pion At­lanta Fal­cons at 10-1 ... What does hav­ing a fierce pass rush get you? If you are the Hous­ton Tex­ans, some re­spect. The Tex­ans are nar­row one-point home dogs this week fac­ing the only re­main­ing un­de­feated team through four weeks, the Chiefs. Much of that, of course, is based on a 57-14 shel­lack­ing of the Ti­tans last week … Not only have the Chiefs won all four games on the scoreboard, they are also 4-0 vs. the spread ... With the un­cer­tainty around the sta­tus of Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Thurs­day, the line was all over the place. If you se­lected the Pa­tri­ots at the wrong time (as we did with our pub­lic picks) you were stuck with tak­ing 5½ points. With Gronk out, the line went as low as 3½. The Pa­tri­ots won by five ... Is this the week the Buf­falo Bills come back to real­ity both straight up and against the spread? The Bills are three-point road dogs against a Ben­gals team that is or­di­nary at best. Full credit to that Buf­falo de­fence, but don’t for­get that of­fen­sive line is banged up ... This stat from Since 1989, teams with an 0-4 record or worse hit at al­most 57% vs. the spread. So be­ware the Browns, Charg­ers, Giants and 49ers, I guess. Then again, the Charg­ers are play­ing the Giants, so what to do with that one ... Looks like one bad loss — it was to the Jets, af­ter all — is enough for what­ever peo­ple were on the Jaguars band­wagon to jump off. The Jags are a full touch­down road un­der­dog against the Steel­ers ... Over in base­ball, the Cubs were the first un­der­dog to cash in the post-sea­son, with favourites hav­ing a 7-1 mark through Fri­day’s ac­tion.

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