Vegas was bold enough to make the Patriots a huge underdog in Week 4 against Kansas City.
You would think the NFL world would know better than to stack the odds against the New England Patriots, but that shockingly isn’t the case leading up to Week 4. Oddsmakers have given gamblers the opportunity to do something that’s been an extreme rarity over the last two decades, and that is bet on the Bill Belichick-led juggernaut as a massive underdog.
The early odds have the Patriots opening up as a seven-point underdog to the Kansas City Chiefs, who currently sit atop the AFC West at 3-0. This marks just the third time in the past 18 years (!) that the six-time champions have opened up as an underdog of at least a touchdown.
The last time came in 2016 when Tom Brady was suspended following the NFL’s investigation into the Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal. In their season opener, the Arizona Cardinals were favored by a whopping nine points.
How did the Patriots respond? By not only covering the spread, but winning the game outright.
The other most recent instance came in the final week of the 2009 season when the Patriots had already locked up the No. 4 seed in the AFC. Ironically enough, they lost by seven to a playoff-hopeful Houston Texans team, who finished 9-7 along with three other teams in the conference.
Since Belichick was hired as head coach in 2000, the Patriots have been a seven-point (or more) dog a grand total of 11 times, including the playoffs. In those games, they are a ridiculous 9-2 against the spread.
It’s duly noted that the Chiefs are fresh off dismantling the Ravens — their supposed stiffest AFC competition this year — in primetime and are probably the best team in the NFL right now, but those variables simply get thrown out of the window when the Patriots enter the fold.
Need we remind the Arrowhead faithful of the 2019 AFC Championship Game?
How many more times are the Patriots going to have to humble the NFL before they stop disrespecting them with these asinine odds?
We’re not saying Belichick’s side should be favored against the soaring Chiefs, who look as dangerous as they have with Patrick Mahomes under center, but a seven-point spread is nothing but motivation to a team many are considering to be a legitimate playoff contender in 2020.
Throw in the fact that they’re led by the consensus greatest head coach of all time and you’ll view them being a giant underdog as an atrocity.