Can Tom Brady & His Patriots Win Their 6th Super Bowl?
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It’s universally accepted that Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. He’s had arguably the greatest career in NFL history. A 6th round pick out of Michigan, Tom Brady has captured numerous records over his luxurious 19 year NFL career. Another one could be just over the horizon, as a 6th championship would make Brady the first player in NFL history to don enough rings to occupy two hands, moving him out of a tie with Hall of Fame pass rusher Charles Haley for most Super Bowl victories by a single player. Not only would a victory on February 3rd in Atlanta, GA add to Brady’s stacked resume, it would move his New England Patriots (+750 Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII) into a two-way tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl’s won by an organization. While all this would be extraordinary for Patriot hopefuls, New England’s roster, and play on the field, leaves people around the league with serious question marks whether the Pats are true title contenders
The Patriots are on a two game losing streak since a heart crushing defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins in the final seconds of regulation, which is now known simply as the “Miami Miracle. The issue with this game is not the last second blunder of the Patriots, but the fact that they allowed a team like Miami to be in the position they were at the end of the game to complete their amazing comeback. The Patriots secondary has struggled all season, which is evident by their 23rd ranked pass defense. The Pats surrendered three passing touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill on that faithful evening in Miami, and their 28 passing touchdowns allowed on the season puts them in a tie for the 3rd worst total in football. The Patriots will need to reassure their back end if they have any hopes to capture a ring this year. With Stephon Gilmore, PFF’s top ranked cornerback through 15 weeks, they have the pieces to turn things around.
The Patriots, who scored 31+ points five times through the first nine weeks, have hit a roadblock over the past month or so. New England has eclipsed 31+ points only once over their last five games, and it’s not hard to see why. The Patriots seemed to convert themselves into a run-first team during the month of October. They ran their offense through rookie Sony Michel and over his three game span of 105.3 ypg, but then Michel suffered a knee injury. Michel has not been the same electrifying runner since returning to action. Over the past three games, Michel has failed to eclipse 63 yards rushing, and also hasn’t scored a single touchdown. In the receiving game, Rob Gronkowski seems like a shell of himself when he’s available. Gronk, who has a measly three touchdowns on the season, is on pace to finish with his worst games played-to-TD ratio in his nine year career. To make matters even worse, the much malignant Josh Gordon has been recently hit with an indefinite suspension by the league. Losing Gordon, a player who has run the second most routes for New England since week 5 (by 110 routes), means losing the deadliest big play threat the Patriots had. Brady still has Julian Edelman to rely on in the slot, but his questionable hands, and lack of skill set down the field, places a big hole in the Pats offense.
SUPER BOWL LIII CHAMPS?
Not all is bad in New England, they only possess the greatest coach-QB tandem in NFL history. Brady owns a +15 TD-INT differential on the year, and their remaining games against Buffalo and the New York Jets almost assures them a 11-5 record, and a place in the NFL playoffs for a 10th consecutive season. The issue at hand is that the Patriots will have to go through the Chiefs (+600) and the Chargers (+750), possibly the two best teams in all of football, to even reach a Super Bowl. It seems as if the Patriots have been title favorites in the betting world for the better part of a decade now. Yet with the numerous question marks surrounding the Pats roster, this may finally be the year to put your money on a different team. Perhaps one of those two AFC West teams previously mentioned above.