England Patriots 2013 Championship Outlook
While it may seem early for some to
start projecting the Patriots' chances to hoist the
Lombardi Trophy in 2013 we here at NEFans.com beg to
differ. Football is our obsession and the game has turned
into a year round sport. There is always time for analysis
and speculation, every month of the year.
Patriots 2013 Super Bowl Odds
sports betting sites list the Super
Bowl Future Odds at +650 for the Patriots. This
price makes them the favorite to head back to the Super
Bowl in 2014, just slightly behind the San Francisco
49ers at +700. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks
are tied for third overall favorites at +800 odds to
win the Super Bowl XLVIII.
Since we're far away from training
camp and just over a month until the NFL draft, we can
only analyze New England's free agency moves so far
and how these might impact the Pats in the coming season.
Welker Out, Amendola In
It's bittersweet to see Wes Welker go, especially considering
the price Denver nabbed the wide receiver at (two years,
$12 million). We do not know all the facts, but it does
seem like New England's original offer was insultingly
low in the mind of Welker and the front office may have
not truly wanted the wide out back at all or weren't
willing to pay much for his services. With Welker gone,
Danny Amendola comes over from St. Louis after an impressive
albeit injury prone four year stint with the Rams. Amendola
brings some of the same skills that Welker brought to
the table he can lineup all over the field and is
also effective in the slot. He also gives Brady another
target in the intermediate, middle of the field passing
More Additions, Subtractions
at Wide Out
Along with the loss of Welker, the Patriots
Brandon Lloyd after one disappointing season, just
a year after signing him. To replace him as a semi-deep
threat is Donald Jones, former Bills wide receiver.
The Patriots must see something in
Jones that other teams have missed. He still has plenty
of potential and has shown the ability to become a big
play threat in the past, but he just hauled in 41 catches
for 443 yards in 12 games last season. However, Bill
Belichick clearly seems to have a knack of knowing who
works and doesn't work in his system, and we're willing
to bet he fits in just fine.
The Patriots will likely add another
wide out in the draft, perhaps a tall receiver as they
currently have no real deep threat. The front office
is also mulling over an offer sheet to Steelers' free
agent Emmanuel Sanders whose speed and skillfulness
would fit in nicely in the Pats' offense.
Can Brady Mesh With His New Core Of
It's almost not worth
asking this question because the answer has been the
same for Brady's entire career. When the
Patriots let Deion Branch go or traded Randy Moss, Brady
wasn't happy, but he moved on and continued
to put up monster numbers. Brady surely is not thrilled
about losing Welker, but we have no doubt in his ability
to be a top 5 quarterback with his current weapons.
In fact, the uncertainty
surrounding the Patriots passing offense may offer better
odds for bettors because they have lost some key players.
The offense's current roster is good enough
for another Super Bowl run with Brady at the helm.
Defense and Secondary
New England has shored up their secondary by making a move for veteran safety Adrian Wilson. Wilson comes over from the Arizona Cardinals, where he made five Pro Bowls in his 12 seasons in Arizona. Still playing at a high level, his versatility is something every team desires in a strong safety. He has the ability to rush the passer and is excellent down the field in coverage.
His addition will lock Devin McCourty into the free
safety position, a place he excelled once changing positions
late into the 2012 season. The Patriots may also look
to the draft for more depth at safety and perhaps to
find an eventual replacement to Adrian Wilson who is
in the latter end of his career.
Aquib Talib has signed a one year deal to remain the
Pats' top corner, and Kyle Arrington has been kept on
board as the slot corner. Again, the team may look to
this year's draft to add more talent to
their cornerback position. Talib has just a one year
deal, so they could have to replace him as soon as next
Danny Woodhead has left via free agency to San Diego,
even after a highly productive season. The Patriots
have brought in Leon Washington to possibly replace
him as the gadget back and to possibly return punts
The Patriots will look to resign Julian Edelman who
became a nice target for Brady as the season went on,
after starting the season as just a return man. It may
be tough for the Patriots to resign Edelman he has drawn
the interest of a number of teams looking for return
help and an effective slot receiver.
Is New England A Good Bet To
Make It Back to Super Bowl XVLIII?
The Patriots are perennial championship contenders,
and that has not changed with the loss of Welker or
what some may call a poor start to their offseason.
Of course, the draft will give a better look at the
Patriots impending roster, but New England is always
in the mix. One wonders if Gronkowski had stayed healthy
throughout the playoffs if last season could have ended
Who knows? At +650, the Patriots are a solid bet to
make their way back to the Super Bowl. No one can ever
count Belichick and Brady ¨C and at this price,
we'll bet on it.