Where Oddsmakers Project Patriots To Finish In AFC East After NFL Draft

The Patriots finished in second place of the AFC East in 2021


The New England Patriots had been in the driver’s seat of the AFC East for decades.

After back-to-back first-place finishes by the Buffalo Bills, New England is no longer expected to cruise to a division crown. The Patriots trailed the Bills by just one game in 2021, finishing in second place at 10-7 but are facing some roster overhaul heading into the 2022 season. More importantly, their rivals made some notable moves to improve.

The widely-questioned 2022 NFL Draft class of the Patriots has not helped their odds, either, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

New England has +175 odds to finish in third place — the most likely scenario from the oddsmakers — in the AFC East race. The Patriots trail the Bills and the Miami Dolphins to win the AFC East.

That said, oddsmakers would not be stunned by a second-place finish, giving the Patriots +190 odds, similar to third.

Here are the Patriots full divisional odds:

Third-place finish +175
Second-place finish +190
First-place finish +400
Fourth-place finish +450

The good news? Believers in this Patriots team can profit if the team can take back the AFC East crown. A $100 winning bet on the Patriots to win the division would pay out $500.

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