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By Marc Lawrence — David Purdum of ESPN reports that on New Year’s Day, bookmaker William Hill U.S. took a six-figure bet on the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, but the defending champions are not the sportsbook’s biggest concern heading into the playoffs. The worst-case scenario for several bookmakers is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are the consensus Super Bowl favorite, listed at +190 at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. The Green Bay Packers are next at +450, followed by the Buffalo Bills (+700) and New Orleans Saints (+750). The Buccaneers are +1,000. “The Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl would 100% be the worst-case scenario for us,” Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill U.S., said. “We’re in pretty good shape with most of the teams, but the Bucs are a big loser.” To check the NFL Playoff odds and to find the team that could win a backer $3 Million, click here.

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He led his team to the College Football Playoff in each of his three seasons as a starter, of which no other quarterback can make the same claim. We are speaking of course about Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who announced yesterday that his is officially entering this year’s NFL Draft. ESPN says that it is rare to find a quarterback who lives up to what people expect him to be as a sophomore in high school; rarer still to find a quarterback to do it without changing who he is or what he stands for, or to become jaded with the mounting scrutiny and start struggling as a result. Lawrence did it all while being true to himself, his teammates and his sport. When they needed him most over the summer, he answered that call. What awaits will be the greatest challenge of his career: The Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick and have lost 15 straight games. Rest assured, he will be up for the challenge. Who goes 34-2 as a starter, makes three straight College Football Playoff appearances, throws for over 10,000 yards and produces 108 total touchdowns in just three seasons? Nobody but Lawrence.

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From this week’s Playbook Midweek Alert Football Newsletter: The Los Angeles Rams outgained 13 of its 16 opponents this season, winning the net stats by an average net margin of +95 yards per game. The Seattle Seahawks were outgained in 10 of their 16 games this season, losing the net stats by an average net margin of -12 net yards per game.

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