It wasn’t that long ago that the New England Patriots were a popular pick to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl.
Of course, that was the trend during their seven-game win streak, when Mac Jones was playing like one of the better QBs in the conference and giving up two touchdowns was considered a bad day by the defense.
Since then, though, the Patriots hype train has come to a screeching halt. They dropped three of four to close out the regular season and lost their stranglehold on the AFC East en route to becoming the No. 6 seed.
A road matchup against the Buffalo Bills awaits on Saturday, so all talk of a Pats potential Super Bowl run has been put on ice.
But don’t tell that to Julian Edelman.
On Tuesday, Edelman took to Twitter to share his Super Bowl bet. The wager? For the Patriots and Tom Brady’s Buccaneers to meet in the big game.
Former Patriots WR Julian Edelman is all in on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady meeting in the Super Bowl.
Edelman received a $100,000 sum through a business deal with WynnBET and he wasted no time putting it to use. The retired receiver wagered $50,000 on the Patriots and the other $50,000 on the Buccaneers.
Given Tampa Bay has better odds than New England to make the Super Bowl, the payouts for these bets, if they hit, are extremely lopsided.
If the Patriots are the last team standing in the AFC, Edelman will pocket a whopping $375,000. If Brady and the Buccaneers make a second-straight appearance in the Super Bowl, Edelman will take home $170,000.
In other words, there’s $545,000 on the line in this bet.
Leave it to Edelman to revive this discourse out of nowhere.
Unfortunately for the former Super Bowl MVP, it seems unrealistic that Belichick and Brady lock horns with a championship on the line.
While Bucs got a nice draw with the No. 2 seed, Brady will be without receivers Chris Godwin, who’s recovering from a torn ACL, and Antonio Brown, who got released after he quit on the team in Week 17, for the duration of the playoffs.
The Patriots, meanwhile, seemingly don’t have enough bite in their passing attack right now to get through an AFC that has high-end QB talents like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr.
If the de facto cross-conference rivals manage to defy the odds, Patriots fans will have Edelman to thank. Like most of Patriots Nation, Edelman would do just about anything to see this dream matchup come to fruition.