The AFC will be looking to grab control of the Lombardi Trophy again this season after seeing the NFC win the Super Bowl last year and two of the top contenders in the conference will go head to head in the NFL betting odds in the season opener on Sunday.
Three-time Super Bowl Champion the New England Patriots (10-6) have been written off in many circles and even overshadowed in their own division by the up and coming New York Jets (9-7). But even though the Jets may have gotten most of the early headlines the Pats are still the defending AFC East champs the road to the division title runs through Foxboro.
On Sunday this team will host a fellow division winner, the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals, in what might be the most exciting game of the day.
Kickoff for this sports betting matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Patriots as a 4-point favorite with an over/under total at 45.
The Pats have a big advantage playing at home and this team’s offense should be one of the most explosive in the league and look more like the record shattering unit of 2007 rather than the injury riddled squad from 2008 and 2009.
With leading receiver Wes Welker (123 catches in 2009) finally healthy again and Randy Moss (1,264, 13 TDS in ’09) looking like vintage Moss in his brief preseason work this receiving tandem will be almost impossible for opposing defenses to cover as they work the middle of the field and the deep routes perfectly.
QB Tom Brady has also looked sharp in his limited preseason action and after more than a year to get comfortable on his reconstructed knee he should improve on his numbers from last year (4,398 yards, 28 TDs, 13 INTs). The running game and the O-line have some issues but nothing major.
But Brady will be tested against a very aggressive Bengals D that has a very underrated pass rush rusher Antwan Odom (8.0 sacks in 6 games in ’09) returning the lineup and big things expected from rookie Carlos Dunlap.
Cincy also has two of the best cover corners in the league which gives it much more liberty on the blitz.
Still, it’s tough to get a win in Foxboro and the Pats should get the victory in this NFL gambling matchup.