The New England Patriots continue to be in the midst of their most successful era since being founded as a charter member of the AFL in 1960 as owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and QB Tom Brady have been the troika as the modern version of a NFL dynasty.
That being said, the Patriots have not actually won since the 2004 season with Super Bowl heartbreaks in 2007 and 2011 seasons.
Quarterback Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger and the defense has been less than dominant which has been a drag on the New England Patriots betting value. The team made some major additions to the defense so if Brady gets a healthy Rob Gronkowski this season it could be another Super Bowl appearance for the team in 2014.
2014 New England Patriots Super Bowl Odds: 7-1
2014 Season Win Total: 10.5 (over-170)
2014 New England Patriots Offense:
It was not a typical Tom Brady season a year ago as he finished with a QB rating of 87.3, part of the problem was that Brady didn’t have many weapons to throw to as Rob Gronkowski was hurt and Wes Welker went to Denver. The team did add Brandon LaFell in the offseason and Gronkowski is expected to be ready for Week 1. The running game is solid with Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley and the offensive line is good.
2014 New England Patriots Defense:
The New England Patriots defense was much better last year, but they still gave up way too many yards. The team made some big moves in the off-season as they signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The addition of Revis is huge as now the team can shut down the best receiver of their opponents. It also helps that the team brought back Vince Wilfork to stop the run.
New England Patriots Additions:
The team added wide receiver Brandon LaFell, linebacker James Anderson, cornerback Darrelle Revis, cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Patrick Chung. The team took defensive end Dominique Easley with their first pick in the NFL Draft and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second pick.
During the off season the team lost RB LeGarrette Blount, tackle Will Svitek, linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive end Andre Carter, wide receiver Austin Collie, linebacker Dane Fletcher and cornerback Aqib Talib.
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