It’s funny how sports can change so quickly.
The all-mighty New England Patriots look like they may go from a 20-year AFC powerhouse to the possibility of finishing last place in the AFC East overnight.
How could this happen? Simple.
Tom Brady has left the building – and so have some of his friends.
Brady, along with Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, and several others won’t be back in the Patriot Red, White, and Blue in 2020, and Las Vegas oddsmakers have taken note.
Patriots Super Bowl odds highest in over a decade
Las Vegas sportsbooks don’t have much going on at the moment due to the COVID-19 disease. However, they quickly responded to the sudden news of Tom Brady’s departure from the Patriots.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Circa Sportsbook decreased the Patriots’ odds to win Super Bowl LV from 14-1 to 25-1. That’s a pretty big jump in one day.
The popular Westgate Sportsbook also bumped the Pats from 14-1 to 20-1, but they were a bit more conservative with stamping the end of the New England era than other sportsbooks.
Westgate’s VP Jeff Sherman isn’t quite ready to bury New England just yet.
“We didn’t want to be too aggressive on them as long as (coach Bill) Belichick is there,” Sherman said. “The year Brady was out (in 2008), they won 11 games with Matt Cassel. We trust more in Belichick’s system than Brady at his age right now.
He makes a good point. However, the Patriots have lost several other key components so far this offseason besides Brady.
Tampa Bay, Bears rise
So, with the addition of Tom Brady to the Bucs deal finalizing and Nick Foles getting traded to the Bears, both teams got a boost on the Vegas odds board.
The Bucs were listed anywhere between +3000 to +4500 to win Super Bowl 55, depending on where you looked just one month ago.
Then they signed Tom Brady and BAM! — instantly Tampa Bay is somewhere they haven’t been in many, many years in terms of Vegas sportsbooks — a Super Bowl favorite.
Updated odds to win Super Bowl 55 (Bovada):
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) March 18, 2020
Tampa jumped all the way to +1100 and claimed the number four spot overall.
As for the Bears, they went from +5000 to +4000. They didn’t get quite the respect Tampa Bay did, but it shows what the betting public thinks of a team when they have a good quarterback running the show.
Now the question is — what do the Bears do with Mitch Trubisky?
Reports indicate that Foles is in competition with Trubisky for the starting role. However, not many folks are buying that.
After all, the Bears didn’t acquire a QB that makes more than $20 million per season to sit on the sidelines.