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New England Patriots 2010 Odds

The Patriots are aging before our eyes and they haven’t captured a Super Bowl in over half a decade but, more often than not, they’re still good to bettors.

They usually find their way into the playoffs, and any team with Tom Brady still leading the charge will always be a Super Bowl contender at books like Bodog. The question is: when will the bottom finally fall out for Bill Belichick’s boys? Will the Patriots be a double-digit win team again in 2010, or will a few offseason setbacks hold them down? Patriots Odds to win Division: +125 Patriots Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 (OV -135, UN +105) Patriots 2010 Super Bowl Odds: 12 to 1 The Patriots won 11 games last season but have a modest 9.5-win total at Bodog this year. Perhaps that’s because their offense looks a bit creaky on paper. Brady and fellow legend Randy Moss are both 33 years old; Brady is two seasons removed from reconstructive knee surgery. Speaking of which, his other top target, Wes Welker, had offseason ACL surgery of his own. Amazingly, he’s recovered quickly enough that he should be ready for the regular season. Backfield options like Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor are also both well into their 30s – though 25-year-old Laurence Maroney vows to run angrier this year and could finally win the starting job outright.

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The more optimistic bettor will keep hammering the Patriots’ lines since Brady and Moss haven’t really shown signs of slowing down despite their age. Brady still threw for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns last year – 13 of which Moss caught. The Patriots had the NFL’s No. 11 defense last year. While Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork, among others, should make this group reasonably tough to play against again, it hurts that New England just lost Ty Warren for the season with a hip injury. Also factoring in guard Logan Mankins’ holdout, it’s clear that the Pats aren’t a slam dunk for double-digit wins. Their schedule is also fairly difficult, with Green Bay, Minnesota, Indianapolis, San Diego, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh on the docket, not to mention the Jets twice. Picking the Patriots in 2010 comes down to whether or not bettors believe Belichick can squeeze one more year out of this accomplished group.