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For good teams, point spreads are friendlier when playing on the road. Take the New England Patriots, who not only own a nine-game road winning streak, they’re 8-1 against the spread over that span. Coming off a surprising home loss, New England is on the road this week, favored by less than a touchdown at Tampa Bay for Thursday night.

NFL point spread: The Patriots opened as five-point favorites; the total was 53.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark (line updates and matchup report).

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.1-25.8 Buccaneers (NFL picks on every game).

Why the Patriots can cover the spread

The Super Bowl champs are playing for the bounce-back this week, after falling at home to Carolina on Sunday 33-30. The Patriots led for most of the first half, fell down 30-16 early in the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the score at 30-30 with three minutes to go but lost on a 48-yard field goal the last play of the game.

On the day, quarterback Tom Brady hit on 32 of 45 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns, the last one on a fourth-and-goal from the Panthers one-yard line to tie the game. But two defensive penalties on Carolina’s last drive, including one that negated a third-down sack, basically cost New England a chance at winning the game.

Despite the loss, the Patriots lead the league in total offense, averaging 424 yards per game, 27 more than second-ranked Kansas City.

Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread

The Bucs just pulled a bounce-back of their own, a week after a poor showing at Minnesota, beating the Giants on Sunday 25-23. Tampa Bay took an early 13-0 lead on a pair of Jameis Winston scoring passes, fell down 23-22 with only three minutes to go, but drove 59 yards and won it on a Nick Folk field goal.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed QB Taylor Heinicke to the practice squad and released WR Demarcus Ayers from the practice squad.

Heinicke, 24, was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent out of Old Dominion on May 6, 2015. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, made the Minnesota 53-man roster as a rookie in 2015 but was inactive for all 16 games. He began the 2016 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list before being elevated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 8, where he was inactive for the last seven weeks of the season. Heincke was released by Minnesota on Sept. 11, 2017.

Ayers, 23, was signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad on September 4. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Houston. Ayers spent time on the active roster and practice squad for the Steelers as a rookie, seeing action in two regular season games with one start and finishing with six receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. He played in two postseason games and caught three passes for 27 yards. He was released by Pittsburgh on Sept. 2.

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Fans have the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game

The Green Bay Packers and the USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin in Partnership with Pick ‘n Save, are offering fans the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings through the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Contest.”

On or about Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, a random drawing will select 25 winners from among all eligible entries received. Each randomly selected winner will be awarded a $50 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop.

Of the 25 winners, 10 finalists will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Lambeau Leap Instructional Overview and Meet and Greet with a Packers player in a classroom setting at Lambeau Field and a Lambeau Leap tryout on Dec. 5, 2017.

Of the ten participants who undergo Leap tryouts, the participant with the best overall leap will be selected as the Grand-Prize winner, based on criteria outlined in the Ultimate Leap Contest Official Rules as listed on www.TheUltimateLeap.com. The remaining nine finalists will receive a jersey autographed by a Packers player.

The Grand-Prize winner will be invited to take the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap” on Dec. 23, 2017, during the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field and will receive the game ball from the contest, an authentic Green Bay Packers team jersey with his/her name on the back, four VIP sideline passes for pre-game, and four Club Seats to the game.

Fans can also watch for the Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Traveling Wall at participating Pick ‘n Save locations to practice the Ultimate Leap in person. The Traveling Wall will make its first appearance this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pick ‘n Save at 5800 S. 108th Street in Hales Corners, Wis. and those who visit can be entered to win the contest.

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