The New England Patriots have become the benchmark for what an NFL franchise should be in the salary-cap era. They consistently undergo player movement, as all NFL teams must endure in a salary-cap world, but the key to success for the Patriots isn't their personnel as much as it appears to be the people in charge of acquiring that personnel. New England just seems to know not only when to replace key parts of the equation, but who to get to replace them, both via the draft and free agency, to keep it all adding up to more wins.
They've owned the AFC title over the past two decades and won more Super Bowls than any other team in that span. The Patriots won 10 straight postseason games between 2001-05, an NFL record. But for a long time, and not all that long ago, nobody feared the Patriots. As recently as between the 1989-93 NFL seasons the Patriots won a measly 19 games.
An original American Football League team when the league was formed in 1960, between 1960-84, the Patriots made the playoffs four times and won a solitary postseason game. From 1965-75 the team enjoyed just one winning season. But in 1985 the Patriots found their form, winning three straight road games as a wildcard playoff entry to earn the AFC Championship and reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
Best New England Patriots Betting Lines
We provide the best Patriots betting lines below, so keep your eye on them and find the game that is most appealing. Don't forget to take into account the variety of betting types. Betting against the Patriots almost always means that you will be getting points. Between 2015-18, the only games that the Patriots weren't sent off as the betting favorites were two games in which quarterback Tom Brady was sitting out an NFL suspension.
Early into the 2018 NFL season, Brady set a new record for starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era when his team was favored for the 56th consecutive game. He surpassed Kurt Warner, who was favored in 55 consecutive games from 1999 to 2003 as QB of the St. Louis Rams.
The New England Patriots regular season schedule is listed right here and it's been a long time since the NFL season wasn't a rewarding one for the Patriots. They've won at least 10 games every season since 2003, and haven't endured a season with more losses than wins since a 5-11 slate in 2000, the year before New England won its first Super Bowl title. Between 2003-04, the Patriots won an NFL-record 21-straight regular and postseason games.
In 2007, the Patriots made NFL history, becoming the first 16-0 team, but failed to complete the perfect season, losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. The Patriots have twice played in three Super Bowls in a four-season span.
What Are The New England Patriots Standings
When you look at the AFC East standings listed below, expect to find the New England Patriots right on the top of the group. Since Bill Belichick was named head coach in 2000, the Patriots have finished first or second in the AFC East every year except Belichick's first season, and both second-place finishes were the result of tiebreakers.
In 2016, the Patriots were winners on the field and at the betting windows. New England's 14-2 record was only slightly ahead of the Patriots' impressive 13-3 mark against the spread, far and away the best in the NFL. The Patriots were even a better team ATS on the road (7-1) than they were on home turf at Gillette Stadium (6-2).
How to Win New England Patriots Bets
Like him or not, Tom Brady is a winner. It's as simple as that. Brady holds the NFL record for the most playoff wins and most playoff games started. Brady has been awarded the NFL's most valuable player trophy three times and has been named Super Bowl MVP four times, one of only four players to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards, and the only one to win it four times. He's also is the all-time NFL leader among quarterbacks in Super Bowl appearances and conference final games.
Brady holds the record for the most Super Bowl wins with one team. Brady has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback in the NFL. His combined regular-season and postseason wins are also an NFL record. Brady is the first NFL quarterback to accumulate 200 regular-season wins. He is the oldest player to win the Super Bowl (39) and oldest to be NFL MVP (40). But no one would have bet on Brady accomplishing all this when the Patriots selected him 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft.
The Greatest Comeback of Them All
Things looked bleak for the Patriots' chances of collecting a win as Super Bowl 51 progressed. The underdog Atlanta Falcons had rolled to a 28-3 lead 6:29 into the third quarter. But you should never doubt the Patriots. New England came storming back with 25 straight points to send the game into overtime, a Super Bowl first. And the Patriots were 34-28 winners when James White ran for a two-yard touchdown.
The outcome was the result of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. By the time the game was over, more than 30 Super Bowl records had either been broken, set, or tied.
And by virtue of their furious rally, the Patriots also covered the spread. They were three-point favorites.