- The New England Patriots crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 in their Week 1 contest.
- The Patriots have lost at least two games in 11 straight seasons.
- New England last went undefeated in 2007 when they were a perfect 16-0 in the regular season.
The New England Patriots had an impressive performance in Week 1 as they turned aside their rivals from Pittsburgh 33-3. It was such a dominant effort that many are already discussing whether this team could go undefeated.
Remember, they haven’t even added Antonio Brown to the mix. Is there value betting this team to be perfect?
Will The New England Patriots Complete A Perfect Regular Season In 2019?
|Props||‘Yes’ Odds at BetOnline||‘No’ Odds at BetOnline|
|Will The New England Patriots Go 16-0?||+1000||-2500|
|Will The New England Patriots Go 19-0 And Win The Super Bowl?||+2000||-5000|
*Odds taken September 9, 2019.
Patriots Crush Steelers On Sunday Night Football
The Patriots stomped the Steelers 33-3 on Sunday Night Football, in a game the emphatically stated that the Super Bowl champs aren’t going anywhere.
It was a complete effort as Tom Brady had 341 passing yards and three touchdowns, the running game chipped in another 99 while the defense was suffocating.
The growth of the defense is what many should be impressed by as this looks like one of the better units that Patriots have fielded. With Jamie Collins back, the growth of a young secondary and infusion of rookies like Chase Winovich, this unit held the Steelers to just 308 yards, 15 first downs and no touchdowns.
Roster Set to Add Brown, Thomas
What else is buoying the Patriots-perfection talk is that they’re about to add Antonio Brown to the lineup, who was not eligible to play in Week 1. For all of his off-field antics, Brown is a Hall of Fame caliber wide receiver who led the NFL in touchdown receptions last season. He’s had no less than 1284 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in six straight seasons.
As if that’s not enough, the team will welcome back veteran Demariyus Thomas soon too. While he’s not the Pro Bowler he once was, he’s still a solid route-runner and a sure-handed receiver. Beyond that, there are even some whispers that retired tight end Rob Gronkowksi might rejoin the band later in the season for another run.
Add it all up and the Patriots have an incredible breadth of weapons for Brady to work with. With Bill Belichick on the sidelines, good luck to opponents trying to slow them down. These are the main reasons why their odds to go 16-0 have already shortened after just one game.
Schedule Will Get Harder
While the Patriots schedule for the next seven weeks should be a breeze, things will get more difficult in the second half of the season. New England has a stretch where they’ll host the Cleveland Browns, who should be better than what we saw in Week 1, then go to Baltimore, to Philadelphia, host Dallas, visit Houston and then host Kansas City.
That’s a tough stretch right there – especially since it includes four teams in the top ten for the odds to win the Super Bowl this season (with Houston and Cleveland not far behind). I expect them to be the last undefeated team but they’re bound to lose a game in there somewhere.
What’s The Best Bet?
It’s so hard to be perfect in the NFL that I wouldn’t bet on it. It’s only ever happened twice and we’ve seen some very dominant teams over the years. On top of that, the Patriots don’t really put much stock in the regular season as they aren’t intimidated by going to Kansas City, Los Angeles or Baltimore late in January.
They figure to have a great regular season – maybe in the 12- or 13-win range – but they’ll stumble along the way at least a couple of times. I wouldn’t bet on the Patriots being perfect.
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