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NFL odds: Patriots co-favorites to win Super Bowl 54 after schedule release

NFL odds: Patriots co-favorites to win Super Bowl 54 after schedule release

The 2019 NFL schedule is out, which means we know who, when and where the New England Patriots will play this season.

That also means it's prediction time, and oddsmakers began the process immediately Wednesday night by putting out updated odds to win Super Bowl LIV.

To the surprise of no one, the defending Super Bowl champions are favored to repeat at +600 odds. But they have company in the Kansas City Chiefs, the team they beat to reach Super Bowl LIII last season.

Here are Super Bowl LIV odds for every team, via Caesars Palace:

The Patriots will have to fill Rob Gronkowski's massive void and have some question marks at wide receiver. But Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still are experts at their respective crafts, and with a schedule that presents few pitfalls, New England should win the AFC East with ease to set up another deep playoff run.

Oh, and about the Patriots' competition... The three other AFC East teams all have odds of +6000 or longer to reach Super Bowl LIV, a reflection of just how weak this division is.

There might be a new contender elsewhere in the AFC, though: The Cleveland Browns boast the fifth-best Super Bowl odds in the NFL after acquiring big names like Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon this offseason.

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Antonio Brown explains why he chose to wear No. 17 in new video

Antonio Brown explains why he chose to wear No. 17 in new video

Antonio Brown had worn No. 84 his entire NFL career before joining the Patriots, where he was forced to switch due to that jersey number already belonging to Ben Watson.

The 31-year-old wide receiver went with No. 17, and it turns out that number wasn't randomly chosen. Brown opened up about why he picked that number in a video posted to his YouTube channel on Thursday.

"You know, my dad always inspired me, you know what I mean? From his work ethic, following commitment. No. 17, you know, I’ve seen that guy make a lot of touchdowns, dedicated his life, sacrificed his life," Brown says in the video. "We got so much similarities, our charisma, the way we approach the field. Seeing me and seeing my dad is like seeing two identical guys.

"It’s kind of rare. You know it’s like seeing your son but more so like your brother. You know, our mannerisms, the way we approach the game, the way we make people feel. A lot of similarities between me and my dad. I’m glad he’s my dad.”

Watch below:

Brown’s father, Eddie Brown, played in the Arena Football League from 1994-2003 and wore No. 17 with the Albany/Indiana Firebirds.

On Thursday, Brown addressed the media for the first time since joining the Patriots and was decidedly Belichickian in his answers. He'll look to follow his Pats debut with another strong performance on Sunday vs. the Jets in Foxboro.

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Tom E Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast: Is this the best Patriots defense of the Belichick era?

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Tom E Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast: Is this the best Patriots defense of the Belichick era?

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6:18 - Tom wonders if there even is a part of this defense that doesn't have enough depth or should worry fans.

10:39 - Looking ahead to the lineup of opposing quarterbacks for the Patriots, it's hard to imagine their defensive won't continue on its historic pace. Tom and Phil discuss the easy path ahead for New England.

15:19 - Tom compares the current defense to that of the 2004 Super Bowl Champion Patriots, looking at that team's first two games of the season and where they ended up. Phil analyzes the construction of each team's defense and how different times call for different strategies.

27:14 - Tom riffs on the rules on quarterback protection after Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan was told by a referee in Week 2 to be careful with Tom Brady.

33:23 - Tom is joined by stadium DJ for the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins TJ Connelly to talk about adding color commentary at games through music. He also gets a peek into what Connelly has in store for the Gillette crowd for a tribute to the late Ric Ocasek.

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