Once again, it’s looking like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be making a trip back to the biggest game in all of sports. They’re currently riding an NFL-best seven game win streak, and following Tom Brady’s four week suspension to start the year, they are more than ready for Roger Goodell to hand their captain the hardware next month.
The residual effects of the ‘Deflategate’ conspiracy of the 2015 playoffs followed Brady once again into last summer. The two sides, the NFL and the Patriots QB, went to court and a suspension was finally handed down. In turn, Brady sat for the first four games of the year and didn’t bother appealing the decision that the commissioner championed all the way to the bitter end. Now the tables have completely turned, though, and it’s looking like Goodell could be the guy with egg on his face when it’s all said and done. Sportsbooks favor the New England Patriots to take the AFC with ease and win their second Super Bowl in three years.
Although he missed the first four games, Brady finished second in yards per attempt with 8.23, second in QB rating with 112.2 and fourth in yards per game with 296. The Patriots stormed the competition and went 11-1 with the Californian at the helm. The playoffs are not the same as the regular season, though, as we all know. Although New England has clinched home field advantage throughout the postseason, the conference final game could be a tough test.
Fully assuming that they’ll roll over either the Texans, Raiders or Dolphins on January 14th, the odds then show that they’ll then likely face the Steelers on the 22nd. The two squads met once this season on October 23rd with the Pats cruising to an easy 27-16 win. However, since that date, Pittsburgh has gone 7-2 while posting over 20 points on all nine occasions.
Their star wide out Antonio Brown finished the year second in the league with 12 touchdowns – five more than the next closest Patriot. While Le’Veon Bell finished second in the NFL with 105.7 rushing yards per game – 33.1 more than the next closest Patriot. It could be a tough grind, but the odds are the odds and yet again, they favor the likely suspects from New England.