Were the NFL schedule makers kind to the Patriots, or did they make post-Tom Brady life more difficult for New England?
One way to gauge the difficulty of the Patriots' 2020 schedule is to examine how oddsmakers have adjusted their futures bets after their slate was revealed Thursday night.
Let's start with Super Bowl odds. Just after the 2020 NFL Draft, DraftKings Sportsbook had New England pegged at +2000 to win Super Bowl LV, tied for seventh in the NFL.
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Here's where those odds stand now that the Patriots' schedule is out:
Kansas City Chiefs: +600
Baltimore Ravens: +700
San Francisco 49ers: +1000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1200
New Orleans Saints: +1400
Dallas Cowboys: +1800
Philadelphia Eagles: +2000
New England Patriots: +2200
Seattle Seahawks: +2200
Minnesota Vikings: +2500
New England's odds dipped slightly to +2200, as Bill Belichick's club is now tied for the eighth-best Super Bowl odds.
That's likely the reflection of the Patriots' grueling start to 2020: They have the NFL's third-hardest schedule in Weeks 1 to 8 based on opponents' projected win total.
Again, it's not much movement, but New England clearly doesn't benefit from its 2020 schedule, which includes matchups against both 2019 conference winners (the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs) and a stretch of three consecutive road games in December.
But if you believe in Jarrett's Stidham's ability like the Patriots clearly do, then these shifts just mean a greater potential windfall for your bets on New England.