The NFL season begins next week and one of the most interesting NFL bets is on how the Patriots will fare in their first four games without Tom Brady.
Brady was given a four game suspension last spring for the so-called Deflategate controversy.
“Since the Patriots’ star quarterback got suspended for the first four games of the regular season it’ll be interesting to see how they will perform without him,” noted an Intertops Sportsbook oddsmaker, “The pressure’s really on their backup QB, Jimmy Garoppolo.”
“We ran a Madden NFL 17 simulation of the Patriots’ first four games without suspended quarterback Tom Brady,” wrote Will Brinson, a senior writer at CBS Sports. “New England didn’t do very well with Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo starting. Garoppolo himself wasn’t terrible, but the Patriots finished 1-3 during their first four games of the season.”
New England Patriots vs Arizona Cardinals is one of 13 games being played Sunday, September 11. Odds on the Patriots first game of the season are currently Patriots +5.5@-110.
The Broncos are also a big question this season now that Peyton Manning has retired. The 2016 NFL season opens September 8th when the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers. Current odds have the Broncos at +3@-110.
It’s early days yet but oddsmakers favor the Seattle Seahawks (+750) to win the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston next February. The New England Patriots (+800) and Carolina Panthers (+950) are also looking good.
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