Gronkowski not as valuable as Pats bettors think

You liked the New England Patriots before Rob Gronkowski suffered a broken arm late in Sunday’s wipeout of Indianapolis. And, there’s no reason not to like them, even with Gronkowski expected to miss four to six weeks.

At least that’s the word from offshore and Las Vegas books, where New England is still listed as one of a handful of teams capable of running the table in the playoffs. In fact, at sportsbook.ag, manager Mike Perry has nudged the odds a bit on the Patriots, from +500 to +450.

“The Patriots have so many offensive weapons,” Perry told Covers, “and one of the top three QBs in the league (Tom Brady). They’re one of the five most-popular NFL teams (for bettors), and that won’t change.”

New England’s 35-point (59-24) victory over the Colts will do nothing to turn money away from them this Thursday visiting the New York Jets (+5.5) on Thanksgiving or going forward. The Week 12 line opened with the Patriots as touchdown favorites at MetLife Stadium but that has since dropped to -5.5. Perry says that the tight end’s injury will tick down the game lines of New England about half a point.

“He just isn’t worth as much to the line as you’d think,” he says.

Because of Bill Belichick’s Kremlin-type lid of injury information, it’s almost impossible to know when Gronkowski will return, and just as difficult to determine when TE Aaron Hernandez will be back on the field. Hernandez hasn’t played since Oct. 21 (Jets) and is not completely recovered from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2.

Gronkowski had six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns when the teams met at Gillette Stadium a month ago and New England was fortunate to escape with a 29-26 win in overtime.

The total for Thursday’s game had moved from 51 points to 49.

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Posted by choiOi
1 year ago

As long as Brady is playing...these bettors think the Pats is going to blow out every team to walk this earth. Haha...common Jets!!
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Posted by ottawaboy
1 year ago

You can only beat the teams you play and Houston had trouble beating Jacksonville..How do you explain that? Green Bay have beaten Detroit, Arizona.Jacksonville,St Louis.LOST to INDY and beat New Orleans and Chicago...
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Posted by nc1capper
1 year ago

Pats -5.5, happy thanksgiving everybody
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Posted by Spitdudes
1 year ago

The Patriots are a house of cards.....Houston will stiffle them. Any form of an effective or semi effectove pass rush has proven Tom Brady to be a woman. The AFC rep in the Superbowl (if not Houston) will get there by default and be handled by whatever NFC team makes it. Note Green Bay dismantling Houston IN Houston a few weeks back. Pats wont get a bye, and are sunk with having to win 4 games in a row vs decent teams. It took them months to finally beat a winning team (Indy) and when you look closely, you see that Indy isnt good. They are barely average. Jets will give the Pats all they an handle Thu, and probably will even win. Zapping the 1 or 2 seed away from Tommy boy and his wardrobe of farm animals.
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Posted by Spitdudes
1 year ago

"The Patriots are a house of cards.....Houston will stiffle them. Any form of an effective or semi effectove pass rush has proven Tom Brady to be a woman. The AFC rep in the Superbowl (if not Houston) will get there by default and be handled by whate..."