As the Patriots prepare to get their fifth Super Bowl rings tonight, Las Vegas oddsmakers at The Golden Nugget have them playing for a sixth ring in Minneapolis in February.
Their opponent? the Dallas Cowboys. America's Team vs. New England's team. Both franchises the rest of the NFL loves to hate.
The Nugget, per ESPN, has released odds for all 256 potential SB 52 matchups and a Pats-Cowboys game leads the pack at 7-1. Next is Pats vs. the Green Bay Packers at 8-1. And a rematch with the Atlanta Falcons comes in at 10-1.
Last month, Bovada set regular-season win total over/unders and had the Pats at 12.5 and the Cowboys at 9.5.
The longest shot Super Bowl? The New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers. That ain't gonna happen but they give it 5,000-1 odds. In fact, ESPN did 10,000 simulations and that matchup never occurred.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins.
“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”
After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it.
It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.