The New England Patriots, no strangers to controversy, are reportedly losing two days of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) due to a violation of offseason rules, details of which have yet to be revealed. This development might have some impact on the betting landscape, both in terms of Patriots' season performance and sports betting odds.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on Wednesday that the Patriots announced the cancellation of the third OTA, scheduled for Thursday, and another OTA set for next Tuesday. It is yet to be seen how these missed sessions might influence the Patriots' preparation for the upcoming season and consequently, their performance.
In previous years, a number of teams have incurred penalties due to violations during Organized Team Activities (OTAs). Notably, the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys faced sanctions last season; the Bears were penalized for persistent violations of league contact rules during their OTAs, while the Cowboys were disciplined for overly physical OTA practices, leading to a loss of a day of OTAs for 2023 and a hefty fine for coach Mike McCarthy. Other teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, and the Cowboys again were penalized in 2021, while the Baltimore Ravens in 2018, and the Seattle Seahawks in both 2016 and 2012 also faced similar penalties.
New England Patriots Odds Ahead of 2023 NFL Season
At present, the Patriots' Super Bowl odds stand at 57 to 1 placing them as the 20th favorite to lift the Lombardi Trophy based on a consensus of 7 sportsbooks by Pregame.com. For the opening game of the season, the Patriots are currently listed as 5-point underdogs while hosting the Philadelphia Eagles, a line that could potentially be affected by the current developments.
The team's win total for the upcoming season is Over/Under 7.5 Wins, with the over slightly favored at -125 by consensus, reflecting an expectation of around 7.65 wins. Bettors might want to pay attention to this figure, considering the potential repercussions of the lost practice sessions on the team's readiness.
In terms of the AFC East, the Patriots are currently the 4th favorite with odds of 9/1, and their odds to win the AFC Conference stand at 28/1, ranking them as the 11th favorite. Any adjustments to these odds in light of recent events could provide insightful indicators for sports bettors.
The decision to cancel and postpone the OTAs could potentially have an impact on the team's preparation for the season. As more details about the violation emerge and the situation unfolds, sportsbooks might slightly adjust the Patriots' odds.
Sports bettors considering placing wagers on the Patriots' season should monitor this situation closely for further developments. Keep an eye out for any adjustments in the Patriots' odds as more information becomes available, and as we get closer to the start of the NFL season. This situation serves as a stark reminder of the many variables that can influence the world of sports betting.