The New England Patriots are in an unfamiliar position.
FanDuel Sportsbook updated the Patriots’ odds to win Super Bowl LIV to +350 early Monday morning, shortly after New England lost to the Houston Texans 28-22 at NRG Stadium. Not only did the defeat drop the Patriots’ record to 10-2, they also lost control of their destiny in the battle for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs and shed the “Super Bowl favorites” tag they had carried throughout the season. Holding the tiebreaker and +250 odds, the Baltimore Ravens now lead the Patriots on both fronts.
There's a new favorite to win the Super Bowl 🚨
• Ravens +250
• Patriots +350
• Saints +550
• 49ers +800
• Chiefs +1200
• Seahawks +1200
• Packers +1600
• Vikings +2000
• Cowboys +2500
• Texans +2500 pic.twitter.com/hbptLQeN3K
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) December 2, 2019
After entering the 2019 NFL season with +700 odds to win the Super Bowl, the Patriots started out 8-0, dropping their lines as low as +200. However, their Week 9 loss to the Ravens, moved the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIV odds to +280. Week 12 proved pivotal, as the Patriots fell to the Texans, and the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers to extend their winning streak to eight games.
The 10-2 records the Patriots, Ravens, 49ers and New Orleans Saints all have are the joint-best in the NFL after Week 13. The “Super Bowl Favorites” race will be just as tight as those for home-field advantage in the AFC and NFC playoffs, meaning each result could alter both the pecking order and the betting odds during the stretch run of the regular season.
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