The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl favorites before they signed Antonio Brown. And following the wide receiver's release from the team, the Patriots remain the favorites to win another Lombardi Trophy – though their odds have taken a slight hit.
Following a 43-0 Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins, New England was listed at +340 to win Super Bowl LIV. The Pats are now at +370, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Even without Brown, the Patriots still have an embarrassment of riches for Tom Brady to throw to. Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman will likely become a focal point of the team's offense once more, and it's fair to expect Josh Gordon to take on a larger role as well.
Brady also has Phillip Dorsett, James White and Sony Michel as well as first-round pick N'Keal Harry, once he returns from IR. The offense, which is currently averaging 38.0 points per game (PPG), ranks second in the NFL through two games.
It's actually New England's defense that has surpassed even the most optimistic projections thus far. Through two weeks, opponents are averaging just 1.5 PPG against the Patriots. Clearly, that's an unsustainable rate, but this defense will likely keep New England in games all year long.
Super Bowl Odds 2019
As for the other Super Bowl contenders, the Kansas City Chiefs have +650 odds, the Los Angeles Rams sit at +1000 and the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints are tied at +1500.
Whether or not New England manages to take home its fourth Super Bowl in the last six years is anyone's guess, but it's clear that the Patriots will be contenders, even without Brown.
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