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Patriots Favored by Most Points Against the Spread in NFL History Through Week 8

Max Staley
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The New England Patriots are once again atop the standings in the AFC. While that's more or less been the case for the past 20 years, New England has never been this dominant.

Having outscored opponents by 175 points through seven games, the Patriots have the best point differential in the league, and it's actually 83 points more than the San Francisco 49ers' second-most 92. In fact, it's the best point differential through seven weeks since 1940.

But how much the Patriots have been favored by might be even more impressive. New England has a net point spread of 105 points thus far, which is the largest total through eight games in NFL history.

The second-highest such mark, of course, was the 2007-08 Patriots team that ended up going undefeated in the regular season.

Even though sportsbooks continue to adjust, due to New England's incredible start to 2019, it hasn't been enough. The Patriots have been favored by an average of 13.2 points per game (PPG), including Week 8 against the Browns, but New England's seven wins have come by an average of 25.0 PPG.

Though Tom Brady is still at the helm, the defense has actually been the driving force behind the team's success this season. The defense has earned the moniker "The Boogeymen," and for good reason.

New England's defense has forced a turnover on 22.8 percent of opponent's drives, allowing a score on just 5.4 percent of drives and has racked up 50 QB hits. All of those figures are an NFL best. The Patriots also rank first in interceptions (18), opposing passer rating (35.6), opposing completion percentage (50.8) and opposing yards per play (4.0).

Many fans are quick to criticize the Patriots start because they have yet to play another team destined for the postseason, but that's not entirely fair. All New England can do is play the teams that are on the schedule, and the Patriots haven't just been beating opponents, they've been shattering NFL records while doing so.

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