Antonio Brown Signing Makes Patriots Super Bowl Favorites


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Sep 08, 2019, 08:55 PM EDT
  • The New England Patriots signed star wide receiver Antonio Brown just hours after he was released by the Raiders.
  • As a result, the Patriots' Super Bowl odds have moved from 6-1 to 4-1, making them the new favorites.

From the Oakland Raiders to the New England Patriots: What a day for Antonio Brown.

After a wild week of fines, conflicting reports and drama, the Patriots have signed the star wideout after he was released by the Raiders on Saturday morning.

The Patriots, who had been 6-1 to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, have moved to 4-1, making them the new favorites. Kansas City has fallen from 5-1 to 6-1, while the Raiders have fallen from 40-1 to 100-1.

As for win totals, the Patriots, who had been at 11 with heavy -140 juice on the over, have been bumped up to 11.5 (-110 a side). The Raiders remain at six, but the juice on the under has moved from -120 to -150.

Unfortunately for New England, Brown is not eligible to play in Sunday night’s game against his old team, the Steelers. Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Brown needed to be on the roster by 4 p.m. today to be able to play, which takes the revenge game narrative off the table.

The Patriots are favored by 5.5 points on Sunday night in Foxborough.

Tom Brady’s newest weapon also helps the quarterback’s chances for a fourth league MVP award. Before the move, his odds had actually fallen quite a bit throughout the offseason down to 25-1, but he’s back up to 14-1 — a 2.9% increase in implied probability.

Brown’s odds remain long, but he also moved up from 500-1 to 200-1.

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