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Julian Edelman had hilarious reaction to big bet on Patriots going south

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

You win some and you lose some in sports gambling, and Julian Edelman definitely lost some this weekend.

The ex-New England Patriots receiver made a huge bet on the team heading into the Wild Card round. The bet was part of a paid promotion by Edelman for WynnBET Sportsbook.

Edelman bet $50,000 that the Patriots would make the Super Bowl, which would have paid $375,000 had it hit.

Unfortunately for Edelman, the bet most definitely did not hit. New England got shelled by the Buffalo Bills, losing 47-17 in a game that was never close.

Edelman had a hilarious reaction to his bet going down the tubes. He posted the “I am never going to financially recover from this” meme from “Tiger King” with his face edited in. He also jokingly asked his sportsbook what their return policy was.

Edelman, who played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Patriots, was going to go down with his team. But alas, go down Edelman did indeed.

There is a bright side for Edelman though. If he manages to win on the other bet that he placed for the playoffs, he could still walk away a winner overall.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots working out son of former MLB All-Star

Bill Belichick with a headset

The New England Patriots are working out a player this week with a famous last name.

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday that the Patriots hosted defensive back Money Hunter for a workout. Hunter, who played collegiately at Arkansas State and professionally with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, is the son of former MLB All-Star Torii Hunter.

The 26-year-old Hunter started 14 games for the Alouettes this past CFL season. He recorded 44 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack.

Two Patriots cornerbacks, Jalen Mills and Shaun Wade, are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Three other members of the secondary, Cody Davis, Adrian Phillips, and Kyle Dugger, were limited participants at practice on Wednesday heading into Saturday’s Wild Card game against Buffalo.

Money Hunter’s all-time name aside, him ending up with the Patriots would be a pretty interesting twist given his father’s history with the Boston area.

Photo: Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Patriots star making massive bet on team

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

One former New England Patriots player is putting a major bankroll on the team heading into the postseason.

Retired ex-Pats receiver Julian Edelman revealed on Twitter this week that he bet $100,000 on a Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl this year. Edelman got the money from a partnership with WynnBET Sportsbook and decided to spend it all on that bet.

It equals to $50,000 on the Patriots to win the AFC (which would pay out $375,000) and $50,000 on the Bucs to win the NFC (which would pay out $170,000). If Edelman is correct on both legs, he will take home $545,000 from his original $100,000.

Edelman then posted a funny video of himself breaking the news of his six-figure bet to his parents.

It would not be too surprising to see Tampa Bay come out of the NFC. They are the defending champions, the No. 2 seed, and the team with Tom Brady, Edelman’s old quarterback. But the Patriots, the AFC’s No. 6 seed, are the longshots here as well as the biggest possible moneymakers for Edelman.

We already got a warning from one notable NFL figure that New England could make it back to the Super Bowl. Now Edelman, who was a Patriot for 12 total seasons, is betting some serious cabbage on it to happen too.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Heated rivals Patriots, Jets have funny exchange on Twitter

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

As division rivals who respectively represent the Boston and New York City areas, the New England Patriots and New York Jets do not exactly like each other. Sunday marked a rare peace offering of sorts between the two though.

The Patriots posted Sunday on Twitter that they were begrudgingly rooting for the Jets. In order to win the AFC East, New England needs to win their game over the Miami Dolphins and for the Jets to defeat the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots and Bills both have a 10-6 record at the moment, but Buffalo owns the tiebreaker by virtue of having a better divisional record.

“Can’t believe we’re about to say this but … Let’s go @nyjets?!” the Patriots tweeted.

The Jets hilariously replied with the famous GIF of Alonzo Mourning in order to indicate mixed feelings.

On just about every other week of the year, the Patriots and Jets can’t stand each other, thanks largely to the former’s dominance in the division that has prevented the latter from winning a division title since 2002. The two teams even had another instance of bad blood earlier this season.

But in Week 18, the Patriots are reluctantly on the Jets’ side. That appears to be enough for a temporary cease-fire between the two rivals for now.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Cris Collinsworth has ominous Super Bowl prediction

Cris Collinsworth holds a microphone

Cris Collinsworth can already see the stars aligning in one particular way this NFL season.

The veteran NBC sportscaster, who will be on the call for this year’s Super Bowl, shared an ominous prediction to Twitter on Monday.

“I have called 4 Super Bowls, this one will be my 5th,” wrote Collinsworth. The Patriots have been in every one. Just saying…”

The Super Bowl will be aired on NBC this season for the first time in four years. Collinsworth was previously on the call for New England’s Super Bowl wins in 2005 and 2015 as well as their Super Bowl losses in 2012 and 2018.

This year, the Patriots suddenly look good again as winners of their last four straight games. But it would still be a big surprise for them to make it to the Super Bowl with a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones and a roster of largely lesser-known players. The more likely scenario would be for Tom Brady and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make it back to the title game this year. Brady was, of course, in all four of Collinsworth’s previous Super Bowls as well.

In any case, many are probably hoping they don’t have to hear Collinsworth on the call for another New England Super Bowl game this year. After all, he has taken heat before for his pro-Patriots commentary.

Photo: Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; NBC Sports broadcaster Cris Collinsworth before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Are Patriots a possibility for Odell Beckham Jr.?

Odell Beckham after a game

Odell Beckham Jr. will soon learn where he will be playing for the rest of the NFL season. Could he end up on a surprising AFC team? That’s what one informed NFL reporter thinks.

Adam Schefter was talking on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” prior to the Monday night game between the Bears and Steelers. Schefter mentioned the Saints and Seahawks as possibilities for Beckham. Those teams are not surprising based on what we have heard.

But Schefter added another team to the mix that is surprising: the New England Patriots. Yes, Schefter said New England could be a possibility for Beckham.

Schefter based his mention of the Patriots on Bill Belichick’s history of bringing in troubled players and having success with them.

Though the Pats have brought in checkered receivers in the past like Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Antonio Brown to name a few, we think this situation is different.

The Patriots had Tom Brady during the times when they added all those players. Now, they have a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones. That’s a big difference.

Would New England risk bringing in a dominant personality like Beckham to influence Jones? That’s a tough question. Baker Mayfield, who is young, had some issues with Beckham on the field. An older, more established quarterback who can handle someone like Beckham would probably be best for the receiver. That’s why one NFC team seems to make the most sense.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford. Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Rex Ryan offers rare praise for Patriots

Rex Ryan

The New England Patriots are to Rex Ryan as Newman is to Jerry Seinfeld. That makes what Ryan said about them on Sunday all the more surprising.

Ryan, the former New York Jets coach, offered some rare praise for the Patriots before they played the Carolina Panthers in Week 9.

“I was all out on these guys,” he said on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” “Uh-oh, this team is coming together. And my goodness, I don’t wanna say it. I don’t wanna say it, but they’re dangerous.”

The Patriots would go on to wallop the Panthers by the final of 24-6 to improve to 5-4 on the season.

Ryan, who coached the Jets from 2009 to 2014, famously hates the Patriots. He never won a single division title in New York because New England won the AFC East every year that he was there. The same was also true after Ryan went across the division to coach the Buffalo Bills. He relished in taking public shots at the Patriots while he was still coaching.

Last season, Ryan was even dancing on New England’s grave given their struggles. But the Patriots now look somewhat formidable again, forcing him to begrudgingly change his tune.

Photo: Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets players angered by Patriots running up score on them

Bill Belichick

The New York Jets got lit up like a jack-o’-lantern by the division rival New England Patriots on Sunday, and apparently some Jets players thought that their division rivals were rubbing it in unnecessarily.

Jets offensive tackle Morgan Moses said that he and others were bothered by the Patriots running up the score, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.

The Patriots defeated the Jets by a comical 54-13 final score. They scored another three touchdowns in the fourth quarter after they were already ahead by 21 points, continuing to take deep shots down the field.

Of course, New England was under no obligation to stop trying to score, and it is on the Jets for not being able to defend them. In fact, the Patriots pulled many of their starters, scoring their final touchdown of the game on a drive led by backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.

But the Jets are probably right that the Patriots took pleasure in rubbing salt in their wounds. New England coach Bill Belichick, who famously hates the Jets, made no secret of the joy that he got from the thrashing.

Photo: Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott loses touchdown on fumble after bad call on play before

Dak Prescott leaps over the pile

The New England Patriots created one heck of a game-changing turnover on Sunday after getting some help from the referees.

The Dallas Cowboys were on the goal line with a minute and a half left in the second quarter at New England. Dallas was down 14-10 and had an obvious chance to take the lead. On third down, Dallas gave the ball to Dak Prescott for a quarterback sneak. He appeared to get into the end zone pretty convincingly, but the officials said he was short.

Then on 4th-and-goal, Prescott took the snap and leaped over the pile towards the end zone. But Ja’Whaun Bentley knocked the ball loose and caused a fumble.

Though the officials initially signaled touchdown, a review showed that Prescott lost possession before breaking the plane of the goal line.

New England was awarded the ball through a fumble.

What a terrible sequence for the Cowboys. They got robbed of a touchdown on third down, then they lost a fumble on fourth down. What a bad break.

Tom Brady shares nice tributes to Bill Belichick, Patriots on Instagram

Bill Belichick Tom Brady hug

Tom Brady always takes time to praise his teammates on Instagram after each Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, but the quarterback had flattering things to say about both his team and the one he beat in Week 4.

Brady gave shoutouts to several Bucs players on Tuesday for the role they played in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the New England Patriots. He also paid tribute to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and many of his former teammates. Here are some of the screenshots:

Brady said leading up to Sunday’s game that he didn’t expect a “homecoming” in Foxboro, but that is basically what he got. The seven-time Super Bowl champion received a warm welcome from Patriots fans and heard chants of “Brady! Brady!” multiple times after he took the field. He also had a lengthy private meeting with Belichick.

It’s obvious Brady was touched by the way he was treated in his return.