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With future Hall of Famer quarterback Tom Brady awaits back for at least another season with the New England Patriots, they are +600 Super Bowl 53 betting favorites (bet $ 1
Brady and the Patriots came briefly in their recent attempt to win the Vince Lombardi trophy on February 4, when they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33, but they eyed some young talents in the 2018 NFL Draft to help them to change course.
For the first time since 2012, New England has two first-round picks on Thursday in the NFL Draft. They hold the 23rd and 31st overall selection. In fact, the Patriots have not met in the first round in the last two years, and they have chosen defensive players with their last four, including defensive end Chandler Jones (21st from Syracuse) and linebacker Dont & # 39; a Hightower (25th) Alabama) in 2012.
Could New England combine its top two picks to come up and design a quarterback like Louisville's Lamar Jackson? Offensive tackle Nate Solder, who signed on the New York Giants as a free agent in the offseason, is the only offensive player the Patriots have claimed in the first round since Laurence Maroney's move back in 2006. So this is changing the team this year
In the meantime, Philadelphia will try to win two consecutive championships for the first time since New England completed the feat after the 2004/05 season as the + 900 co-second team. The Eagles will hope to quarterback Carson Wentz from a tattered ACL plus expensive insurance Nick Foles, who later won Super Bowl 52 awards against the Patriots in the absence of the former last year.
The Los Angeles Rams are also listed at +900 after making a number of additions to date, including Brandin Cook's (for the 23rd selection) former New England receiver, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib
The Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are next in line, all at +1000 to win Super Bowl 53. The Vikings made one of the biggest moves this offseason in signing free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, while the Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson lost, but added tight end Jimmy Graham is another weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Steelers are trying to challenge the Patriots in the AFC again, though they have a lot to deal with with an upset running Le Veon Bell their year and could pick his replacement in this week's NFL draft.
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