We're to start, I don't feel I need to rehash all of the local and national writers opinion of the free falling Patriots, so lets get to the point. What does Vegas think. In terms of sports betting there is no better source in deciphering the odds of who is going to win the Super Bowl, they may not be right all the time but they are close. How is it a team starts out as 6/1 odds favorites to win the Super Bowl goes to 5/1? There must have been some serious FA signings right? They must of nailed the draft right? There had to serious injuries to top teams throughout the league right? Well let's take a look at what the Patriots did provided by Len Pasquarelli:
New England's wide receivers and tight ends totaled 346 of the team’s 402 receptions and 27 of its 34 receiving touchdowns in 2012. Because of free agency defections (primarily Wes Welker), and releases (the aforementioned Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd), the Patriots will be without guys who accounted for a good deal of those catches and scores. In fact, if tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for the start of the season, the Pats could start 2013 without tight ends and wide receivers who accounted for more than 90 percent of the receptions and nearly 80 percent of the touchdowns. Without Gronkowski, the leading returning receiver from the ’12 team would be Julian Edelman, who had 21 catches.
Well that didn't paint a pretty picture now did it, of course not, but somehow Vegas has the odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl increasing. Why? Something tells me it's because of the greatest coach/QB combo to live in the NFL, and that the downfall of the Patriots Way is simply overblown. As long as TFB is throwing the rock and a hooded mad scientist that likes cut off sleaves on his sweatshirt roams the sidelines, something tells me the Pats will be ok. And those are the best odds you can get, just ask Vegas.