The 2010 New England Patriots are looking to ride the coat tails of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who has been the talk of many off-season stories, with his current contract in question passed for just shy of 4400 yards in 2009. Brady led a Patriots offense to 277 passing yards per game, which ranked 3rd in all of the NFL. His leading receiver Wes Welker went out with an ACL injury late in the year, which cost him the remainder of the season. Despite missing action, Welker finished the season with 1348 receiving yards. New England finished 10-6 last season, winning four of six games against the AFC East.
The Patriots will battle in the division with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. The Bills do not appear to be a threat to the long time bullies, but the Jets and Dolphins will be tough to handle. New England will of course face their divisional rivals twice during the season. Outside of divisional games, the Patriots will be tested. New England opens the season on September 12th, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Starting week six, the Patriots will host Baltimore, play at San Diego, host Minnesota, play at Cleveland and Pittsburgh, host Indianapolis, play at Detroit and Chicago, and host Green Bay.
New England Patriots 2010 Super Bowl Odds
The Patriots, along with Indianapolis, have been the beasts of the East for years. New England comes into training camp with +450 odds (Sportsbook.com) to win the entire AFC. These may be generous odds for a team that has a lot of question marks with injuries, but Bill Belichick is a mastermind and he hasn’t been pleased with coming up short in recent years.
New England is listed at +1200 to win the 2010-2011 Super Bowl, with six teams given better odds (Jets, Chargers, Saints, Cowboys, Packers, and Colts). Although there are a few AFC teams in front of them, we know every team likes to play the Patriots tough and nothing will be easy for them this season.
New England Patriots 2010 Season Predictions
The Patriots have a lot of obstacles for this season. Tom Brady’s contract talks certainly will wear him down over the long season. Wes Welker, and his injury to his ACL will certainly hurt him as well. New England plays in a tough AFC East division, where they will have to battle with the Jets and even the Dolphins. I know Bill Belichick is an excellent head coach and his Patriot’s team does have talent, but I am not putting my money on the Patriots to win the Super Bowl this season.
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