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 Branch...it'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