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NFL odds: Patriots' shot at a 16-0 season is gaining steam in Vegas

NFL odds: Patriots' shot at a 16-0 season is gaining steam in Vegas

Tom Brady doesn't want to talk about it, and neither do his New England Patriots teammates.

But U.S. sportsbooks certainly aren't ignoring the fact that the Patriots are 8-0 through eight weeks of the NFL season.

Two days after New England handled the Cleveland Browns 27-13 to remain unbeaten, Jeff Sherman of SuperBook USA unveiled new odds for a prop bet on if the Patriots will go 16-0 in the 2019 regular season.

Considering the Patriots were +750 to go undefeated just three weeks ago, +500 is impressively short odds for a feat that's only been accomplished once in NFL history by the 2007 Patriots. (The Miami Dolphins went undefeated in 1972 but only played 14 regular-season games.)

It's also notable New England has significantly better odds to go undefeated than the San Francisco 49ers, who are pegged at +1500 despite being 7-0.

There's reason for Vegas' optimism, though: New England has an insane +189 point differential through eight games and hasn't allowed more than 14 points to any opponent this season.

The Patriots' perfect season faces its toughest test yet Sunday night in a road matchup with the 5-2 Baltimore Ravens and dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson.

A four game-stretch after the bye against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4), Dallas Cowboys (4-3), Houston Texans (5-3) and Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) also will test New England's mettle, especially with Patrick Mahomes expected to return by that Patriots-Chiefs matchup.

If the Patriots can survive that gauntlet, though, they may have a perfect season locked up: Their Week 15 opponent, the winless Cincinnati Bengals, just benched starting QB Andy Dalton, and they should take care of business at home against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins in Weeks 16 and 17.

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Top NFL Draft tight end prospect Hunter Bryant praises 'GOAT' Tom Brady

Top NFL Draft tight end prospect Hunter Bryant praises 'GOAT' Tom Brady

The New England Patriots need to upgrade their talent and depth at tight end before the 2020 season, and a good place to address this roster weakness is in the NFL Draft.

The 2020 class of tight ends isn't as deep as the group of wide receivers available, but there are still a few really exciting tight end prospects for teams to draft in the first couple of rounds. One of those players is Washington Huskies star Hunter Bryant, who Pro Football Focus ranked as the top tight end in this draft.

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He also was among the players to speak Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. When asked which quarterback in league history would he most want to catch a touchdown pass from, Bryant chose the only six-time Super Bowl champion. 

"Any quarterback in history? Probably Tom Brady, because he's the GOAT," Bryant told reporters, as transcribed by 247Sports. "He's the best that's ever done it. He's a great competitor, and I like how knowledgable he is in the game. So I have a lot of respect for him."

Bryant also told reporters he had an informal meeting with a Patriots scout.

Who knows, maybe Bryant will get an opportunity to catch passes from Brady next season? The Patriots are projected to have 12 picks (including compensatory selections) in April's draft, and tight is among the team's primary needs after getting lackluster offensive production at the position last season. 

Bryant isn't likely to be a first-round pick, but it's hard to imagine he lasts too long on Day 2 when the second and third rounds unfold. 

He set career highs with 52 receptions, 825 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns for Washington in 2019. Bryant tallied at least five receptions and 80-plus receiving yards in each of the last four games he played for the Huskies. 

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Thaddeus Moss dreams of catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady just like his father did

Thaddeus Moss dreams of catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady just like his father did

Would the New England Patriots consider drafting Randy Moss' son Thaddeus in the upcoming NFL Draft in April? It's possible.

The younger Moss, who helped Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers to a college football title this past season, could address a glaring need at tight end for the Patriots. New England gave Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo a shot last season after Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement, but none really gained the trust of quarterback Tom Brady.

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The 21-year-old was just nine when his father joined the Patriots in 2007 via a trade that sent a fourth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders, and he'll never forget the memories he made while watching his father take the field at Gillette Stadium.

“I don’t know if I’d say [I have] relationships with anybody," Moss said, according to WEEI's Andy Hart. "I’ve talked to Coach [Bill] Belichick before. I’ve talked to Coach [Robert] Kraft [Patriots owner] before. Probably my most fond memories is the undefeated season that they had, obviously they didn’t finish it the way they wanted to. That and on top of that I was in the facility once or twice before. Meeting Tom Brady when I was younger. I was sitting there star struck. Walking down the hallway seeing Tedy Bruschi, seeing Coach [Mike] Vrabel walk down the hallway when I was younger. Those are probably the most fond memories that I have.”

Moss, who was a sophomore last season, put together a solid year for the Tigers in 2019 with 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns. He was even more impressive in the national championship game against Clemson, adding five receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns while his father cheered him on from the stands.

The younger Moss could go from one championship title-winning quarterback to another if the Patriots were to draft him, and he admitted that catching touchdown passes from Brady, like his father before him, would be incredible.

“It would mean a lot,” Moss said of the possibility to catch passes from Brady. “Just to catch a touchdown pass period in the NFL would mean a lot. But to catch from Tom Brady knowing that he threw a good amount of touchdown passes to my father, it would be a good story.”