Some teams are lovable underdogs. But that doesn't apply to the New England Patriots — not by a long shot.
When New England travels to Philadelphia for their Week 11 matchup against the Eagles, the Pats will be a road favorite for the 29th consecutive game, extending their own NFL record, a streak that started with Tom Brady's first game back after his Deflategate suspension in 2016.
Not only have the Patriots succeeded in these situations, they've flourished, winning 75 percent of their games during that stretch — and doing so with an average margin of victory of 9.5 points — according to @BostonSportsInf on Twitter.
Here's a closer look at the longest streaks as a road favorite in NFL history:
|1. Patriots ('16-'19)||28||21-7|
|2. Rams ('99-'02)||26||18-8|
|3. 49ers ('83-'86)||21||15-6|
|4. 49ers ('96-'98)||17||13-4|
|5. 49ers ('93-'95)||16||11-5|
|T6. Colts ('06-'08)||15||9-6|
|T6. Redskins ('90-'92)||15||10-5|
The Patriots are currently 3½-point favorites for Sunday's game, according to the Westgate Superbook, and their only road games remaining this season after this week are at Houston and Cincinnati. So barring a major injury, New England should extend their record streak to 31 consecutive games by season's end.
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