n America, the odds on the New England Patriots returning to the Super Bowl this season have lengthened considerably following last week’s injury to star quarterback Tom Brady.
Before Brady’s injury, which will now see him sitting out the entire season, the Boston-based team were listed by some bookmakers at odds of 1/8 to retain its AFC East crown and 13/8 to be the AFC representative in the big game in February. The team that won 16 straight games last season were also heavy 4/1 favourites to win the 2009 Super Bowl.
However, despite winning its opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the odds on the Pats prevailing in the Super Bowl have grown to 10/1 with ToteSport.com, BoylesSports.com and Ladbrokes.com. At one point Betfair.com had the team listed as high as 14/1 before its odds settled back at 10/1. The bookies favourite to win the Super Bowl has now become the Dallas Cowboys, listed at odds of 7/2 with Bet365.com and VCBet.com.
The odds on the Patriots retaining their AFC East title have also lengthened to 1/2 with SportingBet.com, Bet365.com, ToteSport.com and PaddyPower.com despite the fact that they have dominated the four-team mini league for many years.
The Patriots, with backup quarterback Matt Cassel running the offence, are now tied with the Indianapolis Colts at odds of 5/1 to return to the Super Bowl as the AFC representative according to ToteSport.com, Ladbrokes.com and Betfair.com. But, the Pats are just slightly ahead of the third and fourth-placed favourites, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers, at odds of 11/2 with Bet365.com.