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Super Bowl 54 odds: Patriots lead early betting lines

Super Bowl 54 odds: Patriots lead early betting lines

With the New England Patriots tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history on Sunday night with six, they have now set their sights on a seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy next February as small +650 favorites (bet $100 to win $650) on the Super Bowl 54 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

And New England's top competition in the AFC is expected to come from the two teams the Super Bowl champions defeated on the way to winning the conference title for the 11th time.

The AFC West's Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are both listed at +800 odds to win Super Bowl 54 behind only the Patriots and the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams (+700). Kansas City came extremely close to making it to the big game for the first time since Super Bowl IV but ultimately fell short in a 37-31 overtime loss to New England at home in the AFC Championship Game.

After firing defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, many believe the Chiefs can take the next step by becoming much better on that side of the ball, taking pressure off reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in his second year.

The Chargers are also hoping to cash in on what could be the final seasons of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers' career. They tied Kansas City for the best record in the AFC last year but lost the tiebreaker for the division title, so a better seeding could help. Meanwhile, the other Los Angeles team -- the Rams -- will try to recover from a disappointing showing in their first Super Bowl appearance since after the 2001 season.

The New Orleans Saints (+1000 odds to win Super Bowl 54) and Chicago Bears (+1200) should challenge the Rams in the NFC along with the Green Bay Packers (+1800), Minnesota Vikings (+2000), Dallas Cowboys (+2000) and Philadelphia Eagles (+2000).

Similarly to the Chargers with Rivers, the Saints may not have much time left with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees under center, so bettors should expect them to go all out to get him one more Super Bowl ring next year, especially with how things ended in the NFC Championship Game with a 26-23 OT loss at home to the Rams.

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NFL rumors: Rob Gronkowski told teammates after Super Bowl LIII he wanted another ring

NFL rumors: Rob Gronkowski told teammates after Super Bowl LIII he wanted another ring

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still hasn't announced if he will retire or return for a 10th NFL season, but could he be leaning toward coming back?

Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Tuesday on ESPN show "NFL Live" that the Patriots star's decision on his future could come within the next few weeks. NFL Media's Mike Giardi provided another tidbit of information on Gronkowski's future with a tweet Tuesday.

It's certainly possible the emotions of winning another Super Bowl led to Gronkowski making these comments to teammates. If true, who could blame him?

Gronk endured a difficult 2018 campaign, one that included a dip in performance, inconsistency and three missed games due to injuries. The 29-year-old star did play better in the playoffs, however, and he made one of the most important plays of New England's Super Bowl LIII victory against the Los Angeles Rams.

If the Patriots want Gronkowski back, it would make sense for him to return for another season if he feels he can withstand the physical toll of 16-plus games (including the playoffs). The Patriots, barring major injuries to key players, figure to be among the top contenders for the Super Bowl again next season. A healthy Gronk would give New England a strong chance to become the first team since the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s to reach the Super Bowl four years in a row.

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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup: Experts see Patriots addressing offense in first round

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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup: Experts see Patriots addressing offense in first round

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions for a sixth time in franchise history, but they still have plenty of question marks up-and-down their roster entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

One of the largest uncertainties is the future of tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose agent said Tuesday the Patriots star could make a decision on retirement in the next couple of weeks. Another position of need is wide receiver. Juilian Edelman just became the first wideout in 10 years to win Super Bowl MVP, but the Patriots still need more talent and depth at the position. A vertical deep threat who can excel outside the numbers would be a solid addition for quarterback Tom Brady. Josh Gordon could be that guy, but his status for the 2019 season is up in the air.

Speaking of Brady, is this the draft where New England looks to select the 41-year-old quarterback's eventual replacement? The Patriots have several picks in the first three rounds, so it wouldn't be a shock if they took a chance on one of the top QB prospects. 

Here's a roundup of recent expert NFL mock drafts:

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
NFL.com's Charley Casserly: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Walter Football: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Draft Network: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
NFL.com's Maurice Jones-Drew: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

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