The New England Patriots enter 2019 as the defending Super Bowl champion, and that is something they are all too familiar with. The Patriots team will look a little bit different in 2019, but they still have Tom Brady at quarterback, and Bill Belichick as head coach. New England is the clear favorite to win the AFC East, and are one of the favorites to win the whole thing.
New England finished the 2018 season with an 11-5 record, but it was still good enough to win the AFC East. The Patriots were also great against the spread a season ago, finishing with a 12-7 record. New England should rack up the wins again this season.
Key Moves in Offseason
The New England Patriots are always making moves in the offseason, and it was no different in 2019. Tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement after the 2018 season, and that leaves a huge hole on the Patriots roster. New England also let a ton of defensive players go, but they made a big splash in signing defensive lineman Michael Bennett.
Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: @ Miami Dolphins
Week 3: vs. New York Jets
Week 4: @ Buffalo Bills
Week 5: @ Washington Redskins
Week 6: vs. New York Giants
Week 7: @ New York Jets
Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 9: @ Baltimore Ravens
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 13: @ Houston Texans
Week 14: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15: @ Cincinnati Bengals
Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 17: vs. Miami Dolphins
Tom Brady: Tom Brady continues to defeat Father Time, and keeps putting up ridiculous numbers. Brady threw for 4,355 yards a season ago but did throw 11 interceptions. The Patriots are usually great at protecting their franchise QB, but he got sacked 21 times in 2018. If the Patriots can keep Brady healthy, then he should have another great season.
Sony Michel: Michel played in just 13 games a season ago, but still almost reached 1,000 rushing yards. The former Georgia Bulldog averaged 4.5 yards per carry in 2018, and should easily go over 1,000 yards this season. Michel and James White make up a terrific duo at the running back position.
Julian Edelman: Edelman led the Patriots with 850 receiving yards a season ago, despite playing in just 12 games. Tom Brady has made a living out of throwing the ball to slot receivers, and Edelman fits that mold. Don’t be surprised if Edelman is close to having 100 catches this season.
Rookie Class: The Patriots had ten selections in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they chose players from a variety of positions. Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry was chosen in the first round and could see the field this season. The Patriots also selected Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich as a way to improve their defense. New England usually has a few rookies in their lineup, and that shouldn’t change this season.
Vegas Win Total: 11.0 Wins (Over -140/Under +120)
Odds to win Division: New England Patriots -500 (First)
Odds to win Conference: New England Patriots +325 (First)
Odds to win Super Bowl: New England Patriots +700 (First)
Predictions to Season/Bets to Make
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and are the favorites to win it again this season. New England has a new look roster once again, but they continue to be loaded with talent. The Patriots are the favorite to win the AFC East at -500, and that’s a solid bet to make. Betting on the Patriots to win the AFC or Super Bowl also feel like a solid play, but the odds aren’t good enough at the moment. Vegas has set the win total at 11.0 wins, and the Patriots are going to go over that number. Look for another 12-win season in New England and another deep playoff run for the Patriots.