Everybody but Pats Believes Pats’ NFL Betting Hype

Posted by: Mike Davis

The New England Patriots are starting to become the Bill Brasky of NFL betting. If one is to believe what one hears from certain people who bet on football – Bob Swerki’s Superfans’ Superfans, if you will – the Patriots will become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since, well, the Patriots in 2004-2005, and they will do so with a perfect 19-0 record. Season highlights will include the Pats defeating the Jets 79-0, Bill Belichick winning the Indianapolis 500 driving the Patriots’ team bus, and the Pats winning at least one game by a score of 31 to negative-7. How can a team end up with negative points? Belichick’ll find a way.

Fortunately, the Patriots themselves aren’t falling for the hype being created around them. “I think it’s quite foolish to believe and to buy into some of the things that are being said about our football team right now,” wide receiver and six-time Pro Bowler Matthew Slater said. “I don’t subscribe to the Twitters and the Instagrams and those things [but] I watch a little SportsCenter. You guys know what’s being said about us. We can’t believe that as a football team.” safety Devin McCourty added that it “is kind of disrespectful to the work and what everyone is trying to put in to be a team” to say that they are “going to beat everybody on [their] schedule.”

Sure, the online gambling consensus is that the Patriots are the NFL betting favourites to win Super Bowl 52 but they are expected to win only (comparatively speaking) 12½ regular season games. Which is not too bad either for a team whose starting QB will turn 40 in August (say, how many TD passes do you think Brady would throw if he played an entire game by himself while lounging in a recliner? Oh great, now we’re doing it too). All five offensive line starters plus offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia are returning which means that Brady will be, to quote the delightful, pre-nervous-breakdown Miss Britney Spears, “so damn protected.”

Of course, not every player on the Patriots roster is an example of humility for the Conor McGregors and Floyd Mayweathers of the world. Case in point, linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who said on PFT Live that “The Patriots – our logo is bulletin board material. Anyone that’s playing the Patriots, they have us circled on their schedule. So every week we’re getting everyone’s best shot.” Just like Pat Benatar. At the very least Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry has indeed December 3rd and 11th marked on his calendar. According to MMBQ, Landry predicted the Dolphins will defeat the Pats on both of those days. “If you’re a competitor, that’s the way you should feel, and I don’t mind saying it,” Landry said. “It’s time for a change. I have all the respect in the world for the Patriots, and I respect Tom Brady tremendously. But they’re not our big brother anymore.” If that prediction comes true, Landry could have a second career as a NFL betting analyst.