Patriots heavily favored to win Super Bowl LII after one week of free agency

Patriots heavily favored to win Super Bowl LII after one week of free agency

With all the moves the Patriots made in the first week of free agency, can you blame prognosticators for prognosticating that Bill Belichick's club will go back-to-back and win another Super Bowl? 

Bovada released its odds to win Super Bowl LII on Thursday, and the Patriots are the overwhelming favorites at 4-to-1. Next in line are the Cowboys, Packers and Seahawks at 10-to-1. The AFC teams with the next best odds behind New England are the Steelers (14-to-1), Broncos, Texans and Raiders (16-to-1). Last season's Super Bowl runners up, the Falcons, have 12-to-1 odds to win it all. 

The last time Bovada set odds for next year's Super Bowl champ, immediately following the Patriots capturing their fifth ring, the Patriots were the favorites at 5-to-1. The Cowboys and Packers weren't all that far behind at 9-to-1.

After trading for receiver Brandin Cooks, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Kony Ealy...after signing corner Stephon Gilmore, defensive lineman Lawrence Guy and running back Rex Burkhead...after re-signing linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Duron Harmon and defensive tackle Alan's no wonder the Patriots are the odds-on favorites to repeat. 

Even if corner Malcolm Butler departs as a restricted free agent or via trade, the 2017 version of the Patriots will be among the most talented teams on paper that Belichick has ever assembled.

Some Patriots related over/unders from Bovada . . . 

* Brandin Cooks over/under receiving yards for 2017: 900

* Cooks over/under receiving touchdowns for 2017: 6.5

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.