The Patriots are the favorites to win the 2009 Super Bowl at the online sportsbook at NFL odds of 4-1.
NFL odds favor the Patriots because Tom Brady is back and healthy. He leads what should be the most potent offense in the NFL. Two years ago the Patriots were unstoppable and many online betting experts believe they will be just as good in 2009. Last season the Patriots went 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the NFL odds without Brady but they did not make the playoffs. That is simply unacceptable in New England and head coach Bill Belichick has the team poised for a huge 2009 season. New England added running back Fred Taylor and cornerback Shawn Springs who are expected to make immediate impacts this year. The team did lose quarterback Matt Cassel, linebacker Mike Vrabel, safety Rodney Harrison and cornerback Ellis Hobbs in the off-season, but unless Brady gets hurt all of those losses seem trivial.
If Brady is healthy all season the Patriots will have the top offense in the league again. With Randy Moss and Wes Welker the Patriots have two excellent receivers and the addition of running back Fred Taylor could be huge. The Patriots were still 5th in total yards last year as NFL odds numbers show even without Brady. With his return you can expect that number to rise to number one again.
The defense did lose some players but most of them were older so it is unlikely the defense will slip at all. They were 10th in yards allowed in 2008 and 8th in points allowed as NFL odds numbers show. Jerod Mayo led the team in tackles as a rookie as online betting statistics showed, and he is only going to get better. Having linebacker Adalius Thomas healthy will also be a huge plus for New England. Adding Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden to the secondary should also help the Patriots this season.
The Patriots open up the 2009 season at home as they host the Buffalo Bills on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. New England is a 10 point home favorite in NFL odds at the online sportsbook in that game. The Patriots could be favored in every game this season. The only game that could have New England as an underdog could come at Indianapolis in mid-November.