Can Gronkowski steer the Patriots to Super Bowl glory?

Last year I learnt my lesson the hard way, a great defense will trumps a great offense. I had backed the Denver Broncos to beat the Seattle Seahawks, and like a lot of people thought my money was safe. That year the Broncos were statistically the number 1 NFL offense of all time, setting the record for most touchdowns in a season with 76. The Seahawks were a good team, but Peyton was having far and away the best year of his career, it just seemed like such a sure thing. We all saw how that game played out, from the first play of the game, a botched snap resulting in a safety, it was clear that the Broncos didn’t have their mojo and the Seahawks had come to play.

 

Super Bowl XLIX Betting Odds:

New England Patriots -1115

Seattle Seahawks -105

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

So after learning my lesson last year you’d expect me to back the Seahawks defense, right? Well there is the little issue of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. As someone who has read the writing of Bill Simmons for a few years I’ve picked up a few gambling lessons from him. One of those is to never bet heavily against Brady and Belichick. I know plenty of people who made money on the last two Super Bowls which this pair featured in, but I have to ask myself the question, could Tom Brady lose 3 Super Bowls in a row?

Brady is currently in a critical moment of his career, where he can end countless debates arguing who the best quarterback of all time is and make the decision a unanimous one. The consequences for Sunday’s game are so huge for the legacy of Brady. Win his fourth Super Bowl ring and he cements himself as the best quarterback of all time. Lose his third Super Bowl in a row and the whole myth of Tom Brady alters; there is no way he avoids being labelled a “choker”, the most humiliating word an NFL quarterback can be associated with.

 

I just can’t imagine living in a world where Tom Brady is branded a choke artist, and I don’t think Tom Brady can either. Looking at the odds, betting outright on the Patriots isn’t something that will offer a favourable return. So instead I would take a Patriots win coupled with Gronkowski scoring a touchdown. Despite the quality of the Seahawks secondary, they have been susceptible to tight ends this year, and it is seemingly impossible to shutdown Gronkowski who has had a touchdown in each of his last 5 games (including playoffs). The Patriots leading wide receiver seems to alternate weekly between Edelman and Lafell, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable betting on either of those guys, but Gronkowski is guaranteed to get targets from Brady in the Super Bowl.

Although if you don’t see Tom Brady’s fairytale career culminating in a fourth Super Bowl ring and are backing the Seahawks, then the safest bet is to go with a Seahawks victory and Marshawn Lynch to score a touchdown. Lynch, like Gronkowski, is the focal point of his offense, and ended his season hot, having scored a touchdown in 5 of his last 6 games. In a game which appears so close on paper it is hard to feel confident about anything, but Gronkowski and Lynch have been the two superstars of their team all season long and whichever team wins will do so because of the impact of their star player.

 

Betting Instinct tip – AllYouBet.ag is offering odds on which of Gronkowski and Lynch will score a touchdown first. Gronk to score a touchdown before Beast Mode is -105.

mattm MATT MCGRATH writes about American football, be it college or NCAA (because betting on unpaid student athletes is fun and definitely ethically correct). Follow him on Twitter.

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Brady Bunch need to bounce back!

Can the Pats bounce back against the Vikings?

Tom Brady and the Patriots are feeling the heat after their Week 1 loss!

Superstar NFL quarterback Tom Brady has experienced many things in his amazing career so far, but being alone in last place in the AFC East division is something completely new to him. The Patriots 33-20 loss to division rivals Miami on Sunday, coupled with the Buffalo’s upset win at Chicago and the NY Jets victory against Oakland means New England is propping up the standings on its own for the first time since Brady became the franchise’s starter in 2001.

Ok, ok, it’s only Week 1 of a 17-week season and there is still little doubt that the Pats will bounce back in style, but it will be interesting to see how a team that is used to dominating a division with such ease will react to what was a poor performance indeed.

New England’s defense found no answer to marauding Dolphins’ running back Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 134 yards and a crucial fourth-quarter TD that sealed the deal for the home team. Miami outscored coach Bill Belichik’s team 23-0 in the second half to rack up their highest score against their nemesis since 1994.

Brady just couldn’t get his offense into gear in the blistering heat in Florida and finished with stats of just 29 completions from 56 passes for 249 yards.

Next up for the Patriots is a trip Minnesota where they face a Vikings team that was a positive surprise in Week 1. Led by WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who ran for 102 yards on just three carries, with a 67-yard scoring run, the Vikes swamped the St. Louis Rams on the road to run away to a 34-6 victory. Buoyed by this great start to the season, they will certainly provide the Brady Bunch with the sternest of tests in front of their own fans on Sunday – could the visitors slip up again?

New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings, Betting Odds:

New England Patriots     1.63
Minnesota Vikings          2.40

To Win The Super Bowl, Betting Odds (Selection):

Seattle Seahawks            4.5
Denver Broncos              5.0
New England Patriots   12.0
Cincinnati Bengals         21.0
Indianapolis Colts          31.0
Minnesota Vikings         67.0

Odds provided by http://www.allyoubet.ag are current as of today, but subject to change.

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI