Life without Tom Brady for the New England Patriots has already gotten real for the franchise.
Without him on the roster for the first time in 20 years, the team looks to be leaning on Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the 2020 season, and if that’s the case, it’s going to be a long year for the AFC East giant.
If the Patriots make no moves to acquire a QB during the NFL Draft, oddsmakers have the team winning the lowest amount of games since 2003.
“Caesars Sportsbook released NFL win totals and playoff odds for all 32 teams on Thursday, and one of the biggest surprises was the Patriots opening with a win total of 8.5, the team’s lowest since 2003.
“My raw number on the Patriots is less than eight [wins],” Jeff Davis, head oddsmaker at Caesars, told ESPN. “Outside of the secondary, which is one of the best in the league, the rest of their roster I think is one of the worst in the NFL.”
The Patriots under Bill Belichick and Brady had been prolific for bettors, covering the spread in 59.6% of games and going 14-3-1 to the over against their win total since 2002.
Other sportsbooks like MGM, FanDuel and William Hill have New England’s win total at 9, while it’s as high as 9.5 at DraftKings.”
2020 is on pace to be a long year for Patriots fans.