The New England Patriots haven’t looked much like a Super Bowl contender through the first part of the season. But they are 4-2 and in first-place in the AFC East, which tells us a lot about the makeup of their club. They were able to squeeze by the Jets on Sunday with the help of a controversial replay review and head into their Week 7 Super Bowl rematch with the Atlanta Falcons riding a two-game winning streak.
The Pats have received plenty of help in those wins. They benefitted from three missed field goals to knock off Tampa Bay and used a replay review that overturned an apparent Jets touchdown into a takeaway that proved to be decisive in their narrow win over New York. While they haven’t been the dominant team we’ve seen in past years, the Patriots are still winning, and isn’t that what it’s all about?
Defense, particularly against the pass, remains an issue and with Matt Ryan and the Falcons next up, it would behoove the Pats to work on a solution. They allowed Josh McCown to throw for 354 yards and a pair of scores and rank last in the NFL in pass yards allowed with nearly 325 per game. While they were generous in coverage, the secondary reshaped last week’s game. Malcolm Butler’s second interception of the season near the end of the first half allowed Tom Brady to drive the team to the game-tying touchdown and Devin McCourty also had a pick. The Pats sacked McCown four times and the group looks better than it did in the first quarter of the year.
2017 Record: 4-2
2017 ATS Record: 2-4
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +450
Current Odds to Win AFC: +200
Current Odds to Win AFC East: -1600
Current NFL Odds: Patriots -3
Over/Under Total: 54
Week 6: Patriots 24, Jets 17
ATS Result: Jets +9
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
The Pats overcame a 14-point deficit by rolling out 24 unanswered points to get the win. It wasn’t pretty and they benefitted from a replay review that overturned a Jets touchdown. It wasn’t the crispest outing from Brady, who threw for 258 yards on 38 attempts, but the Pats came away with the win. A late Jets field goal allowed them to cover the 9-point spread and the under cashed for a second straight game.
Week 5: Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14
ATS Result: Patriots -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 54.5
The Pats got a lot of help from Tampa’s suspect kicking game, but the defense came up with a stop when the Bucs had a chance to win the game on the final possession. It was a much-needed stand and one that came a week after the Pats lost on a last-second field goal. Brady put up good numbers, but a pair of turnovers squelched drives and kept the score below the closing total for the first time this season.
Week 4: Panthers 33, Patriots 30
ATS Result: Panthers +9
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
The Pats have surpassed the closing total in every game thanks to an offense that ranks second in scoring and a defense that ranks next to last. Brady threw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was overshadowed by Cam Newton’s 316 yards and three scores as New England failed to cover as a heavy a heavy favorite for the second straight week.
Week 3: Patriots 36, Texans 33
ATS Result: Texans +13.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44.5
The Pats needed every big of Brady’s 378 passing yards and five scores to overcome the Texans in a game that saw them favored by two touchdowns. New England didn’t cover, but they were thrilled to get out with a win on Brady’s scoring toss to Cooks with 25 seconds left on the clock. Defense continues to be a sore spot, but with Brady lighting it up, the total was exceeded early in the third quarter.
Week 2: Patriots 36, Saints 20
ATS Result: Patriots -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 55
Just like in their opener, the Pats took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a touchdown to take the lead. This time, the Pats kept coming and also played a little defense. Brady tossed three first quarter scoring passes to build a 20-3 lead. Up 27-13 late in the first half, the Saints turned the ball over on downs at the Pats 25. New England moved down the field and converted a field goal as time expired for a 30-13 bulge at the break. The Saints scored with 5:04 left in the game to surpass the total, giving the Pats a 2-0 mark on the over.
Week 1: Chiefs 42, Patriots 27
ATS Result: Chiefs +8
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
Not only did the Pats fail to cover the 8-point spread, they lost outright for just the third time in their last 20 contests when favored by at least eight points. Their inability to slow down Smith, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt also gave over bettors a victory in the third quarter.
Preseason Record: 1-3
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 4-0
The Pats had to part with their third quarterback Jacoby Brissett to get Dorsett, leaving Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo as the only QB’s on the roster. Outside of the 2008 season when he tore up his knee in the opener, Brady hasn’t missed a start due to injury since. Brady was sacked just 15 times last season and he had his highest completion percentage in nearly a decade. The line may be better this year and Brady will have plenty of opportunities to pick opponents apart.
Week 1: Patriots vs. Chiefs, Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Patriots at Saints, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Patriots vs. Texans, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Patriots vs. Panthers, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Patriots at Buccaneers, Thursday, October 5, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Patriots at Jets, Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Patriots vs. Falcons, Sunday, October 22, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 8: Patriots vs. Chargers, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Patriots at Broncos, Sunday, November 12, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 11: Patriots at Raiders, Sunday, November 19, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Patriots vs. Dolphins, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Patriots at Bills, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Patriots at Dolphins, Monday, December 11, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 15: Patriots at Steelers, Sunday, December 17, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Patriots vs. Bills, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Patriots vs. Jets, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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