Everyone knows just how bad a season the Patriots had last time around and that was of course down in no small way to the departure of Tom Brady, but could things be about to turn around for the Gillette Stadium side?
Preseason has been going well for Bill Belichick’s men and they impressed onlookers with their decimation of the Philadelphia Eagles in an impressive 35-0 win, which was all the more special given it occurred at the Lincoln Financial Field.
Yes it’s true that Nick Sirianni chose to rest a few of his top stars but still the win for the Patriots will have got New England fans excited about the coming campaign, which is now only a matter of two weeks away. Indeed now is a good time to consider your NFL betting strategy and in order to make sure you find the best bets around, you should take a look at this website for updates and all the important odds comparison data you could ever need.
You will see that currently you can secure an impressive (+2500) on the Patriots clinching the Super Bowl, but perhaps a more likely scenario is chasing the (+1400) available on an AFC Conference crown.
Last season the Patriots suffered their first losing campaign, 7-9, since 2000 and that goes some way to being a testament to just how crucial Brady was to the organization, then of course factor in that in his first season as a Buccaneer, he clinched his seventh NFL title ring.
Cam Newton and Mac Jones were instrumental in the Patriots’ mauling of the Eagles and both have a key part to play in what might transpire in 2021. Indeed Belichick may have to make the tough decision as to which of the two quarterbacks will play the starring role.
Newton may well face increasing pressure from the new arrival, and perhaps that rivalry will take both to a new level.
Belichick was typically direct in relation to discussions about who may be the major players in an upcoming season that really is incredibly important to a side like the Patriots, who can not afford to slip up again.
“We’ve told all the players, from back in May when we started, which is the absolute truth, not to spend a lot of time worrying about who else is out there with you,” Belichick said. “Worry about what you are doing and trying to get it right … If we focus on what our job is, how to do it better, how to improve on it … All of us, that’s really what we’re trying to do.”
The senior of the two QBs chasing the limelight, 32-year-old Newton, is surprisingly relaxed about the pressure on his starting spot, stating;
“I don’t take it personally. I just want you guys to understand everything y’all know, I know. There’s no hidden motives, or things like that,” “I do know those things like that, I can’t worry about. Because each and every day, I don’t necessarily care about who’s starting. I mostly care about making sure I put the best product out there for me. I know Mac is feeling the same, and I know Brian is feeling the same way, and everyone else, going down each and every position. As far as Week 1, we have so much to worry about prior to Week 1; that’s where my focus is right now.”