The New England Patriots have not lost a single game since September 5, 2017, winning 22 out of their last 24 contests. After an eventful first month of the 2017-2018 regular season, the Pats now find themselves tied for first place in the AFC with only one game left to play.
One of the main reasons for the recent success is QB Tom Brady, who currently holds the record for the most wins (208) and the most postseason victories (37) in NFL history. Despite his incredible individual accomplishments, there is one thing Brady could not do in his entire career—win a Super Bowl. The franchise legend holds the distinction of being the first QB to lose a Super Bowl (XLII) and the most recent (LIII).
As we all know, winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal for a football team, and the Patriots have the most recognizable name in sports. Even if you have never given the game much thought, you know exactly what a Super Bowl is. Therefore, it is no wonder why many are picking the Patriots to retain the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday.
The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl without a loss are actually pretty good. According to the online sportsbook BetOnline, the team has a 25.2% chance of winning the game. This is mainly due to the fact that the Chargers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games and have lost four straight road games. Furthermore, the Patriots are 9 ATS in their last ten games (all at home) and have won their past four home games against teams with losing records. While these are all very sound reasons to bet on the Patriots, it is still very early in the season.
Vegas Odds and Expert Picks
You may be surprised to learn that Vegas has the Patriots as the 4/1 favorite to win the Super Bowl. This makes them one of the more popular selections ahead of the game as well. After winning their opening game of the season 24-3 over the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots are 18/1 after the first six weeks of the year. In comparison, the over/under for total yards is currently set at 284, which indicates how highly Vegas values the tandem of Brady and WR Julian Edelman. The pair have combined for 1,265 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in the last five games.
As mentioned above, the number one ranked Patriots will receive a massive amount of pubic support in the upcoming game against the Chargers. They are a popular choice among casual gamblers and sportsbooks alike, and for good reason. Going back to the record holder for the most Super Bowl wins (24), it is worth noting that he is 7-0 ATS in his last seven Super Bowls. Moreover, in Brady’s 10 most recent playoff games, he is 7-1-1 ATS. While Brady can’t control the number of fans in the stadium, he definitely can control the outcome. And if that is the case, it may be time to stack on the underdogs.