2018 New England Patriots NFL Betting Odds & Preview
At some point the New England Patriots are going to stop winning this many football games. But as long as Tom Brady continues to strap on the shoulder pads and Bill Belichick is roaming the sidelines, you can’t discount the Pats. Once again they’re the preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl, and why not after reaching the Super Bowl last season for the eighth time since Brady took over in 2001. Those eight Super Bowl appearances tie for the most of any team … ever. The Pats went 13-3 last year giving them at least 12 wins in eight straight seasons, and they extended their record of consecutive division titles to nine.
2018 New England Patriots at a Glance
Patriots Super Bowl Odds: +655
Patriots AFC Championship Odds: +289
Patriots AFC East Odds: -575
Patriots Regular Season Win Total: 11
Brady continues to flip off Father Time as his game was at a different level last season. He will turn 41 by the time the season starts and he has hinted at retirement more this offseason than ever. But we expected him to slow down last season, and the season before that, and even the one before that. And it just hasn’t happened. Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, tossed 32 touchdowns and was intercepted just eight times. New England led the league in total offense and ranked second in points per game.
There will be some shifting of personnel taking place this season. Danny Amendola is no longer with the team and Julian Edelman, who missed the entire 2017 campaign, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on PEDs. But there’s no coach better than Belichick to find players and plug them in the lineup to make things work. Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kenny Britt are all new faces among the pass catchers, and Brady will need to find a rhythm with them.
The Pats will also be minus defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who accepted the head job in Detroit. Belichick will likely handle most of responsibilities on that side of the football and he’ll look to turn around a unit that ranked 29th in yards allowed. The good news is that the D didn’t surrender a lot of points. Adrian Clayborn and Danny Shelton were acquired to help the pass rush and Jason McCourty will help in the secondary. The Pats could have a slight dip, but they play in a weak division and that’ll help get them back to the postseason.
2018 New England Patriots Schedule
Week 1: Patriots vs. Houston Texans, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 2: Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sep. 16, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 3: Patriots at Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sep. 23, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 4: Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sep. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 5: Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Oct. 4, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)
Week 6: Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 14, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 7: Patriots at Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 8: Patriots at Buffalo Bills, Monday, Oct. 29, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 9: Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 10: Patriots at Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Patriots at New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 13: Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 14: Patriots at Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 15: Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 16: Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: Patriots vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
New England Patriots History
A charter member of the American Football League, the Patriots joined the NFL when the league’s merged in 1970. Things haven’t always been so rosy for the franchise, which endured many painful seasons at the outset. From their inaugural season in 1960 until the 1976 campaign, the Pats made the postseason just once. They reached the AFL Championship game in 1963 only to get blasted by San Diego. Under Chuck Fairbanks in 1976, the Pats won 11 games and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time.
However, it wouldn’t be until the 1985 season when the Pats would win their first NFL playoff contest. In fact they won three that season, knocking off the Jets, Raiders and Dolphins to reach the Super Bowl for the first time. They were no match for the Bears in that one losing 46-10. After several down years and a few head coaches, the Pats returned to the Super Bowl in the 1996 season under Bill Parcells, only to lose again.
In 2000 the team hired Belichick and drafted Brady in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick. Since the 2001 season when Brady became the starter, the Pats have been to eight Super Bowls, won 15 of 17 AFC East titles, including a current league record nine in a row. They also won at least 10 games in a season 16 times and posted the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history. They were denied the perfect season in 2007 with a loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
|2017||13-3||Lost Super Bowl|
|2016||14-2||Won Super Bowl|
|2015||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2014||12-4||Won Super Bowl|
|2013||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2012||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2011||13-3||Lost Super Bowl|
|2010||14-2||Lost Divisional Round|
|2009||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|2007||16-0||Lost Super Bowl|
|2006||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|2005||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|2004||14-2||Won super Bowl|
|2003||14-2||Won Super Bowl|
|2001||11-5||Won Super Bowl|
|1998||9-7||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1997||10-6||Lost Divisional Round|
|1996||11-5||Lost Super Bowl|
|1994||10-6||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1986||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1985||11-5||Lost Super Bowl|
|1982||5-4||Lost Wild Card Round|
|1978||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1976||11-3||Lost Divisional Round|