The New England Patriots entered the 2017 NFL season as heavy favorites to win Super Bowl 52. After the first quarter of the season, the Patriots have struggled to a 2-2 overall record, and the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have taken note.
After suffering their second home loss of the season to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4, New England is no longer the consensus favorite among Vegas sportsbooks to win Super Bowl 52.
According to ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the favorites at the Westgate SuperBook with 9-2 odds (the Patriots are currently 5-1); MGM Sportsbooks have the Patriots listed as co-favorites with the Kansas City Chiefs at 7-2; and the Steelers are listed as favorites by CG Technology.
Other than the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs, the oddsmakers in Vegas have also given the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers a bump up in their odds in recent weeks.
There was a lot of chatter this past offseason about the Patriots potentially making a run at going 19-0. That possibility ended after one game, and they now have serious issues that need to be addressed in a hurry.
“Hopefully we can figure out how to play more consistently over the course of an entire game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show. “Offensively, we have to be able to score more points than the other team. No matter what they score, we have to score more. If we score three points, the defense has to hold them to nothing. That’s what being a good team is all about. We’re four games in. Nobody knows what kind of team we’re going to be. It’s still early, but I do know we can play better than the way we’ve been playing.”
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