Patriots Odds Hold Steady as Cam Newton Re-Signs With Team
The New England Patriots were considered by many to be a monumental failure during the 2020-2021 NFL season. In their first season without Tom Brady since 1999, the Patriots finished 7-9 overall, good for third in the AFC East, and struggled to find any real consistency on offense. One week they’d beat the playoff-bound Ravens. The next week they'd fall to the bottom-feeding Texans.
As a result, most assumed they’d be moving on from quarterback Cam Newton. But on Friday the Patriots decided to re-sign Newton, signing him to a one-year deal worth a reported $14 million.
As we get closer to April’s NFL Draft, there has been tons of buzz about the Patriots moving up from the 15th pick in order to acquire their next franchise QB. There has also been no shortage of reports linking them to 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo. But, as of Friday, it looks as though they’ll be running it back with Newton, at least in the short term.
New England Patriots Odds
It seems like almost a no-brainer that the Patriots will be taking a quarterback in Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether they’re moving up for Justin Fields, Zach Wilson or Trey Lance, or they’re letting a guy like Mac Jones fall to them is yet to be seen. But, what we do know is the Patriots need a QB of the future whether or not Cam Newton is under contract for another year.
But, what is their outlook for the season ahead?
Following last year’s disappointment, the Patriots have the second longest odds to win the AFC East and signing Newton hasn’t changed that. At +480, the Pats are behind both the Bills (-158) and Dolphins (+300). The only team oddsmakers like them to outperform within the division is the New York Jets, who sit at +1600 to win a division title.
As was the case with their AFC East odds, the Patriots’ odds to win the conference didn’t budge when the news of re-signing Newton became public. The Patriots’ best odds sit at +2200, just behind the Steelers (+2000) and Titans (+1900). The Chiefs are the favorites to win the conference. They are currently +260 to get their third straight AFC title.
The greatest NFL dynasty of the last 20 years, and maybe ever, came crashing back down to earth last season without the GOAT. Next season, oddsmakers are giving 18 teams a better chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy than the Cam Newton led Pats. At +5000, the Patriots’ odds imply a 2% chance they win their record-setting 7th Super Bowl. The leader in the clubhouse? The Kansas City Chiefs at +550.
Kansas City Chiefs +550
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +950
Green Bay Packers +1100
Buffalo Bills +1200
Baltimore Ravens +1400
Los Angeles Rams +1400
San Francisco 49ers +1500