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Oddsmakers think Patriots will finish with a losing record again in 2021

Related: Patriots enter season opener versus Dolphins as slight favorites

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Coming off their first losing season in two decades, the New England Patriots decided to make some big investments in both free agency and the draft. As a result, they have a much improved team on paper — one that could very well bounce back from its 7-9 record last year.

However, the oddsmakers are less confident in that happening. According to game-by-game predictions by Westgate Superbook, New England is currently favored in just seven of its games this year:

While some of the numbers do seem reasonable at this point in time, others are a bit curious from the current perspective. The Patriots are favored to beat Tennessee, for example, but are expected to lose comparatively convincingly against a Colts team with more questions across its roster. New England also is expected to lose against the post-Drew Brees Saints and the Falcons led by a new coaching staff.

Obviously, all of those predictions could turn out to be accurate — a lot can and will happen between now and when the games are actually played — but for the time being we will refer to the more optimistic projections made by Pats Pulpit’s own Matthew Rewinski.