In the past five years the New England Patriots are 4-1 straight up when Bill Belichick has an extra week to prepare for an opponent. But in that time the Patriots are only 1-3-1 against the spread. The last time they covered was back in 2008 when they defeated the 49ers in San Francisco 30-12.
This week the Patriots head to Carolina to take on the Panthers on Monday night as +3 road underdogs. It is the first time time in the Belichick era that the Patriots are underdogs coming off a bye.
The Patriots have also only hit the Over twice in the past five seasons when coming off a bye. The total is currently at 46.