Super Bowl odds handicappers consider the Patriots to be the most impressive team on the board and a complete Super Bowl betting commodity.
New England enters the post season with a record of 14-2 straight up and 10-5-1 against the spread. The Patriots won their final 8 games of the season while getting the money 6 times as they won the AFC East going away and will have home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
After last year’s 33-14 home playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens the Patriots decided to rebuild, especially on defense where they were manhandled. The massive roster overhaul made them an afterthought as a Super Bowl gambling preseason favorite as the New York Jets were the hot commodity on the futures board.
The defense struggled for most of the first half of the season before hitting its stride in the season’s second half and it climbed rapidly up the ranks as Bill Belichick reminded everyone why he is the premier coach in the NFL. New England ended up a highly impressive 8th in the NFL for points allowed.
On offense nobody was better than the Patriots as they finished best in the NFL for scoring offense as quarterback Tom Brady added to his Super Bowl credentials with a Hall of Fame season as he completed 66% of his passes for 3900 yards and 7.9 yards per pass attempt. Brady had an almost unfathomable 36/4 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Patriots can do more than pass however as BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 1008 yards and a 4.4 yards per carry average with 13 touchdowns to make the Patriots one of the most balanced teams heading into action with the NFL Super Bowl odds.
The one area of concern for the Patriots is the ability of the receiving corps to break away as leading receiver Wes Welker had 86 catches for 848 yards but just 9.9 yards per catch average with 7 touchdowns.
Special teams are another New England advantage with the Super Bowl odds as Brandon Tate ran 2 kickoffs back for touchdowns and had a 25.8 yards per return average.