Patriots are favorites to go unbeaten the longest

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With legalized gambling slowly spreading from sea to shining sea, odds will emerge for just about anything. Now that the 2019 schedule has been released, odds have been set regarding the last team to be unbeaten.

Based on odds from the DraftKings Sportsbook, via Darren Rovell, the often slow-starting Patriots are surprising favorites to go unbeaten the longest, at +750 (bet $100 to win $750). The longest odds belong to the Bengals, at +12500.

The Chiefs come in second, at +900. The Chargers, Rams, Seahawks, and Eagles are +1100 each.

Here’s a sneaky attractive pick, given the odds: The Panthers at +2500. If quarterback Cam Newton fully recovers from should surgery (indications are that he will), the Panthers will be hard to handle — especially at home. They open with the Rams in Carolina; if the Panthers can get to 1-0 by taking down the defending NFC champs, that boost of confidence can carry over to wins against Tampa Bay at home, Arizona on the road, the Texans in Houston, the Jaguars at home, and then the Bucs in London.

That’s six games. After the bye, the Panthers go to San Francisco, host the Titans, and travel to Green Bay.

Ultimately, the identity of the last team standing depends on when the others fall, but Vegas doesn’t believe in the Panthers the way it should, and the notion of a healthy and motivated Cam carrying the Panthers to a strong start isn’t as ludicrous as 25-1 would suggest.

15 responses to “Patriots are favorites to go unbeaten the longest

  1. Game two for the Pats will be against the Dolphins in Miami. Ryan Fitzpatrick will look like a cross between Elway and Marino and beat the Pats 28-14. Its only later in the season when Ryan will look like Ryan again and the Pats will defeat the Dolphins 55-6.

  2. Why do they say that. The Steelers are going to kick their asses the first game of the season.

  3. Art Richardson says:
    April 22, 2019 at 12:31 am
    Why do they say that. The Steelers are going to kick their asses the first game of the season.

    IKR? The Steelers will spend the entire summer focusing their work on that one game. They need that Superbowl win to propel them through the rest of the season.

  4. So they figure a 2 game streak is the best the NFL will do this year? I never expect them to go 0-6. 4-0 would be a pleasant surprise. The early games don’t seem to matter to this team as much as the late ones. So as it should be.

  5. Its not so much they don’t care about early games its more they HAVE to effectively treat them as extra preseasoners due to a combination of having the high turnover of perennial champions in the Parity Era, and the added consequence of always picking last and doing more player development, and then bringing them all up to speed in one of the league’s most complex playbooks.

  6. terripet says:
    April 21, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    0-1 first game
    It’s amusing that the guys who have been consistently wrong about absolutely everything are the first ones to jump in and tell us what’s going to happen in the future.

  7. That’s what happens when you are the best in the league baby. Just take it one day at a time and be consistent, do what we need to do each and every single day. Can’t wait for the season to start

  8. Art Richardson says:
    April 22, 2019 at 12:31 am
    Why do they say that. The Steelers are going to kick their asses the first game of the season.
    Trippy is already working on his game plan to stand on the sideline. Literally on it. 🙂

  9. With this bet it’s all about the schedule.

    Easy to see why the World Champion Patriots are the favorite in this bet. There’s a decent chance they don’t lose a game until November!

  10. 6 rings.

    No team has more than that.

    None. Nil. Nada. Zip.

    All hail the king!

    All hail the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty!


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