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Thursday, August 31, 2017

NFL Odds: Patriots Still Super Bowl LII Favorites

They may have lost their top wide receiver, but the New England Patriots haven’t budged on the Super Bowl LII futures market. They’re still the +325 favourites at press time despite losing WR Julian Edelman (98 catches, 1106 yards last year) to a torn ACL. Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season, which starts September 7 when the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs (8:30 PM ET, NBC).

Without Edelman’s services, the defending Super Bowl champions will be relying on newcomer Brandin Cooks (78 catches, 1173 yards for New Orleans) to be their top wideout. Cooks came over from the Saints in March; he was sixth among NFL receivers last year at 10.0 yards per target. Chris Hogan (38 catches, 680 yards) should also see some more playing time with Edelman on injured reserve.

The Green Bay Packers (+800) and Oakland Raiders (+1000) are the top contenders to New England’s crown, at least according to the NFL futures. The Atlanta Falcons, who nearly beat the Patriots at Super Bowl LI, are available at +1200. The Falcons have almost all their key players coming back for 2017, and they’ll be playing in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year.

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NFL Odds: No Edelman, No Problem for Patriots

The New England Patriots may have lost WR Julian Edelman for the season, but they’re still +325 favorites at press time to defend their title at Super Bowl LII. The Green Bay Packers (+800) and Oakland Raiders (+1000) are next on the NFL futures market.

The Patriots still have plenty of targets for QB Tom Brady to throw at. Edelman’s spot will be taken by WR Brandin Cooks, who came to New England in March in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. Cooks led the Saints last year with 1173 receiving yards (78 catches, eight TDs).

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