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New Jersey likes Patriots' chances to win Super Bowl LIII

New Jersey likes Patriots' chances to win Super Bowl LIII

New Jersey is officially open for sports betting, the third American state to do so, and if you're wondering how the oddsmakers are sizing up the New England Patriots, there's not much drama.

Taking in the scene at Monmouth Park on the first day of legalized sports betting in New Jersey, Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr relayed these odds for winning Super Bowl LIII next February in Atlanta.

Not surprisingly, the defending AFC champs lead the way at 6 to 1. But perhaps most surprisingly, the Browns don't have the worst odds in the NFL. Yes, despite an embarrassing 1-31 record over the last two seasons, the Browns currently have better odds than the Cardinals, Redskins, Dolphins and even the Bills, who are coming off their first postseason appearance in 18 years.

Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is considered the GOAT, aka the "greatest of all time", throughout New England, and with good reason.

After all, the veteran quarterback is the only five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP among quarterbacks. There's also a good chance he could add more titles and MVPs to his resume before his career ends. 

While Patriots fans, members of the media and others have no issue calling Brady the GOAT, the man himself is much less enthusiastic about it.

"I don't really like it, truthfully," Brady said in an interview with Scott Zolak on the latest episode of "Patriots All Access."

Zolak then told Brady he seems "uncomfortable" with the GOAT label, and the 40-year-old QB agreed.

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"Well, I am," Brady responded. "I don't see myself in that way. That's not a value I've ever put on me playing. I play for the enjoyment of the game. I play for the comraderie with my teammates, and I play to win. I don't play to be called a certain thing or compared to this guy. I had heroes when I grew up. There's a lot of great quarterbacks. There was when I grew up, there are now. The fact that I'm still playing, I love being that. I don't need people to tell me that 'man, you're such and such, or you're better than this.'

"There's a lot of great players. That's how I see other players, too. There's a lot of things that guys can do that I can't do. And there's some things I can do that other guys can't do, too. But that's part of my skill set. There's so many different things involved with being a great player. I think the greatest asset I have is a great organization. Great ownership. Great coaches. And great teammates I've had since I came into the league."

Brady, like Michael Jordan, has a never-ending motivation to be the best. Even though they've won so many championships, there's always something that can be used to fuel future success.

It's understandable Brady doesn't like being called the GOAT, especially with his career still ongoing. But when you compare the list of accomplishments between the NFL's greatest players, it's hard to put anyone above the Patriots quarterback.

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