Patriots Season Odds

Last year didn’t exactly go the way the New England Patriots had hoped.

After going 18-0 two years ago and falling one-drive short of winning yet another Super Bowl this decade, the Patriots failed to make the playoffs in 2008, thanks in large part to the season-ending injury to quarterback Tom Brady in Week 1.

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All reports this offseason indicate that Brady’s knee has returned to full strength. That’s why the Patriots felt comfortable trading his backup, Matt Cassel, to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round pick. Cassel filled in admirably for Brady last season, but the team had to place the franchise tag on him and his price (especially combined with Brady’s) was just too much to keep.

Along with trading Cassel, New England also signed free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden, wideout Joey Galloway and running back Fred Taylor. The team also re-signed safety James Sanders and punter Chris Hanson.

In the draft, the Pats traded out of the first round and wound up with four second round picks. With the 34th overall selection, they selected Oregon safety Patrick Chung. With the 40th, they took defensive tackle Ron Brace, with the 41st they took cornerback Darius Butler and with the 58th, they took offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made the Patriots 4/1 favorites to win Super Bowl XLIV. They’ve also given New England 2.5/1 short odds to win the AFC and -600 odds to win the AFC East Division.

What’s not to like about the Pats this season? If Brady returns to complete health, which he should, then New England is going to make another deep playoff run like they’ve done most of the decade. The additions of Galloway and Taylor to the offense were nice, but it’s still Brady’s show. It also helps that he has one of the best offensive lines in the game and two receivers in Randy Moss and Wes Welker that are incredibly tough to cover. As usual, the Pats could have some issues defensively in the secondary. That’s a weak unit on paper, but the front seven is one of the best in the NFL and Bill Belichick always gets the best out of his players. At 4/1 odds to win, now might never be a better time to jump on New England’s odds to win Super Bowl XLIV.

Odds to win Super Bowl XLIV

New England Patriots 4/1

Odds to win the AFC 2009-2010

New England Patriots 2.5/1

Odds to win the AFC East 2009-2010

New England Patriots -600

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Posted: 6/20/09 9:11PM ET

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