How To Bet On Patriots Titans – New England Puts the Rest of the NFL on Notice
New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans – Sunday September 9, 2012 1:00PM EST
The sports betting websites have been making the New England Patriots odds-on Super Bowl favorites for years. The last two times Tom Brady and company have made it to the big game, the team fell short. Last year, Patriots fans were almost embarrassed that a New England defense which finished 32nd in the league was what the team took into the Super Bowl against the New York Giants. This year, the Patriots have made some upgrades and are looking to put the rest of the league on notice.
Many experts in the football betting world understand the need to get a second-year quarterback like Tennessee's Jake Locker his chance to start a game or two. But the Titans have a talented football team that could do some damage if veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was allowed to start. After considering the difficult decision for the first three weeks of the preseason, the Titans have named Locker the starter. Hasselbeck has handled the announcement with the class and professionalism he is known for, but it may take more than that to help the Titans win a playoff spot this year.
Why the Patriots Will Win
The same offense that absolutely terrorized defenses last season is intact and ready to go. Quarterback Tom Brady is joined by wide receiver Wes Welker and the two tight end attack of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. To add to that, the Patriots have made some significant upgrades at defense that the team hopes will make it elite again in 2012. If the Patriots finally got it right this season, then there will be a lot of people betting on New England to win the Super Bowl in February.
Why the Titans Will Win
Tennessee has quietly upgraded is linebacking corps while suffering a setback at defensive back. The loss of cornerback Cortland Finnegan could be a significant blow to the Titans. But Tennessee is so loaded on offense that it may not matter how deficient the defensive secondary is. Wide receiver Kenny Britt is suspended again, but running back Chris Johnson is ready to take on the NFL and redeem himself for last season.
The Bottom Line
Even though the Patriots were considered a top team last season, it was still a sort of surprise to see the team in the Super Bowl. This year, New England wants to leave no doubt in people's minds that it belongs in the big game and that it will be competing to win when February rolls around.
Pick: New England Patriots