The Patriots are the first NFL team to 2-0 but New England fans – and bettors - are hardly impressed with the team’s efforts through the first two weeks of the 2013 season.
After a lackluster 13-10 win over the New York Jets Thursday night, which followed a come-from-behind 23-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, oddsmakers are discounting the Patriots' odds to win the Super Bowl.
New England has moved from +1,000 to +1,200 to win Super Bowl XLVIII and dropped from +400 to +450 to claim the AFC Championship at Sportsbook.com.
“That's a rarity to bump odds up on a team after a win,” Peter Childs of Sportsbook.com told Covers. “But that was about as unimpressive of a win as I’ve seen in quite some time.”
The Patriots, who ranked tops in total yardage and points per game last season, have struggled to find the end zone through the first two weeks of the schedule. New England is averaging only 331.5 yards per contest and has totaled just 36 points in two games. New England scored more than that in a single game six times during the 2012 regular season.
“Now we don’t want to overact that much as the Pats are going to get healthy and eventually get some key guys back on offense – (Shane) Vereen, (Danny) Amendola and (Rob) Gronkowski - but there’s no question I’m downgrading this team after a win,” says Childs.
New England has failed to cover as large favorites in both games this season (-10 at Buffalo, -10.5 vs. New York) and opened as an early 9-point favorite hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.