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Patriots' odds to make 2020 NFL playoffs, updated win total revealed

Patriots' odds to make 2020 NFL playoffs, updated win total revealed

The New England Patriots have made the NFL playoffs in 11 consecutive seasons, and some experts expect that streak to be in danger of ending in 2020.

Oddsmakers feel differently, however.

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The Patriots remain among the 10 teams with the best betting odds to win Super Bowl LV next season, and they also are the favorite to win the AFC East for the 11th straight campaign. What's even more surprising is the Pats have the third-best odds to win the AFC, behind only the Baltimore Ravens and defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Here are the latest odds on the Patriots to reach the 2020 playoffs, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Yes: -215
No: +173

The Patriots were -200 to advance to the playoffs earlier this month, so their odds have improved a bit. New England made 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and addressed several of their most glaring roster needs, including linebacker and tight end.

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Another popular preseason bet is the win totals for every team. The Patriots' over/under is still 9.5. Here are the new win total odds for the Pats after the draft, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

Over 9.5: +137
Under 9.5: -167

The Patriots haven't won fewer than 11 games since 2009, and they haven't earned fewer than 10 wins since 2002. However, the team's roster has undergone significant changes this offseason. Not only did legendary quarterback Tom Brady leave in free agency, key defensive players such as Duron Harmon, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy also departed.

For New England to hit the over 9.5 number listed above, they will have to overcome the aforementioned departures and make it through the league's toughest 2020 regular season schedule. The Patriots' schedule has the highest opponents' win percentage of any team's schedule. Quarterback also is a huge question mark. Second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham is the likely successor to Tom Brady, and although he showed plenty of potential during training camp and the preseason last year, he's still has very little experience. 

So there are a few factors working against the Patriots in hitting the over 9.5 number. Making the playoffs is the more likely bet for New England, especially now that a third wild card team has been added to each conference beginning in 2020.

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Did the 2001 New England Patriots believe they were launching a dynasty after winning Super Bowl XXXVI? Probably not.

But the defending Super Bowl champions appear a bit more confident.

Days after signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in North American sports, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

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So, how did Jones celebrate his new deal with Kansas City? By declaring an apparent continuation of the Chiefs' "dynasty."

Jones has every reason to be confident in his team, which kept its core intact after winning Super Bowl LIV and is the current Super Bowl LV favorite.

But Patriots fans who watched Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lead New England to six championships over two decades might view Jones' "dynasty" talk as premature.

After all, no team has won back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no team aside from New England and Seattle (2013 and 2014) has even reached the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since 2000.

And after signing Cam Newton, the Patriots may believe their own dynasty isn't dead yet despite Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History won't stop Jones and the Chiefs from setting lofty goals, however, as Mahomes said recently he's eyeing Brady's record of six Super Bowl titles. Better get started soon.

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Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

If you rooted for Tom Brady and don’t root for Cam Newton, you are a hypocrite. 

In 2014, the Patriots started the season 2-2 and after a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football in Kansas City, some idiot — that would be me — declared that the Pats had lost their soul.

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Of course, I was wrong, as the greatest quarterback ever went on to the lead the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl win with a big assist from Malcolm Butler. 

That was Part 2 of the "Tom Brady: Me Against the World" trilogy.

Of course, the original was getting drafted as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. Part 3 was Deflategate when Brady won his fifth Super Bowl after he was suspended for four games.

For the purpose of this writing, we focus on Part 2 because some thought Brady’s best days were behind him. (Many feel the same about Cam Newton now.) Even Bill Belichick said Tom was getting older and the plans for his successor in Jimmy Garoppolo were laid out before us ... and Brady.  

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But once again, Brady defied the odds and forced Belichick to trade Jimmy G. to San Francisco. Needing to prove he still had "it," Brady reinvented himself and became a physical specimen, defying Father Time.

Can Cam Newton do the same? He is not as old now as Brady was then, but this guy was left for dead by the rest of the NFL and has even more to prove than Brady ever did.

If you backed Tom Brady, how can you not do the same for Cam?

Look, I love Tom Brady the football player. Off the field, I think he’s lost his mind, but there has been no better player in the history of sports than TB12. (See Tom, I used your logo. Happy?)

However, right now I am in Cam’s corner like I was in Brady’s when he was a Patriot. And you should be too.