New England Patriots Super Bowl Odds + Analysis After Draft

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 27, 2020 in

The 2020 season has the potential to be a landmark season for the New England Patriots. And when we say “landmark”, we’re not saying it in complimentary terms. With the departure of Tom Brady and some other key free agents, this season could be the end of what many consider to be the NFL’s greatest dynasty ever. Let’s check the Pats updated Super Bowl Odds after the NFL Draft.

New England Patriots Super Bowl Odds + Analysis After Draft

On February 3rd, the Patriots odds to win the Super Bowl were 9/1. As of this morning, the odds are now at 25/1. With many key free agent losses, including Tom Brady, the oddsmakers seem to think that the Patriots will not be the dominant force that they have been in years past.

Why have the New England Patriots odds gotten worse since February? Well, let’s start with the obvious answer: no more Tom Brady. After signing with Tampa Bay, many knew that the Patriots would suffer from this loss. Combine that with the fact that other than some undrafted free agent signings, the only quarterbacks currently on the Patriots roster are last year’s backup Jarrett Stidham, and journeyman veteran Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots will also be hurt by some other key free agent losses. Kyle Van Noy signed with division rival Miami. Linebacker Jamie Collins signed a huge contract with the Detroit Lions. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton also signed with Detroit to go play for former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The Patriots also lost offensive linemen Marshall Newhouse and Ted Karras, along with the loss of longtime placekicker, Stephen Gostkowski.

As for free agency additions, the Patriots didn’t dive far into the free agency pool. They did re-sign safety Devin McCourty, who has been an anchor for the Patriots defense for years. They also franchised guard Joe Thuney. They also re-signed special teams ace and team captain Matthew Slater. Other than a few minor signings here and there, the Patriots didn’t sign any big name players from this year’s crop of free agents.

In last week’s NFL Draft, the Patriots made some intriguing selections. Their first round selection was a relatively unknown safety out of Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. Their next four selections were used on edge rushers and tight ends. They also drafted a kicker in the 5th round who they hope can replace Gostkowski. The pick has already stirred up some controversy, as the young man has some insensitive tattoos.

The rest of the AFC East is catching up to the Patriots. Miami made some huge free agent acquisitions, along with bolstering it’s talent depth in the draft. With the pick of Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins are hoping that they have the missing piece of the puzzle. The Bills, who were a playoff team in 2019, added Stefon Diggs to the mix, to give Josh Allen more weapons in his arsenal. The Jets still have some work to do, but they’re hoping to make strides in 2020.

Even though Bill Belichick doesn’t seem worried, he knows that the Patriots could slide this season without Brady. The Patriots will still be competitive, and could even make the playoffs, but they won’t be the same team without Tom Brady. This could signify the end of an era in NFL history.