NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The Patriots won’t be winning Super Bowl 47. Colin Kaepernick has the last chance to stop Ray Lewis from retiring a champion and I assume many New England fans will may swing towards the NFC side of the action while they aren’t dousing their disappointment in nacho cheese and assorted beverages.
Even though they aren’t in New Orleans again this week, according to most bookmakers, the Patriots are already the odds-on favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl 48.
What do you think of the Patriots’ chances in 2013?
Despite having a tenuous salary cap situation, the Patriots are in pretty good shape for another deep playoff run in 2013.
Tom Brady will be back. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have emerged as the dual-threat that Belichick hoped they’d be. The young defense is starting to show signs of what they are capable of.
If they can navigate the free agency waters and come away with two of their three marquee free agents – Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer and Aqib Talib, while still picking up the $3 million option on Brandon Lloyd – they should be set up to put some of the finishing touches on the 2013 Patriots roster with their five 2013 draft picks.
They’ll need to add some contributors to the wide receiver corps and get contributions from returning starters who spent most of 2012 on injured reserve, like Dane Fletcher and Ras-I Dowling. The addition of former CFL players Armond Armstead and Jason Vega should also add some depth and competition on the defensive side of a ball.
Outside of New England, San Francisco might only be scratching the surface of what they can do offensively and Baltimore isn’t going anywhere, so New England certainly won’t be considered a unanimous favorite going into the 2013 NFL season.
Final Verdict: 7-1 odds
Your turn: Are the Patriots the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year? If not, who? What are the odds that the Patriots win their fourth ring?