The New England Patriots suffered a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, who won their first Super Bowl on Sunday. Despite the loss, the Patriots odds for next season have them as the favorites to win the Super Bowl once again.
Super Bowl LII
Team 1 2 3 4 T Patriots 3 9 14 7 33 Eagles 9 13 7 12 41
The Patriots came into the season with high expectation, and some experts even thought they had a chance to finish the season undefeated.
Even though New England didn’t go undefeated, they still had a great regular season, finishing the year 13-3.
The Patriots were able to overcome a 2-2 start to the season and win 11 of last 12 games en route to the team’s eighth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. While they didn’t win the game, they are in good shape for next season.
At 40-years-old, quarterback Tom Brady defied time and won the MVP award for the third time in his career. Brady led the league in passing yards this season and if he plays as well next season, he will be one of the favorites to win the MVP award again.
While Brady had an MVP winning season, Rob Gronkowski showed just how valuable he is to the team, stepping up for an injured Julian Edelman this season, especially late in games. In their week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gronkowski helped the Patriots comeback and win the game on their final drive with three catches for 69 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
One of the biggest moves the Patriots made during the season was trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers, where he had immediate success and finished with a 5-0 record. The trade was a surprising move considering he was being groomed to take over for Brady as the team’s quarterback of the future.
With Garoppolo gone, the Patriots will have to find his replacement in the draft this year, and hope Brady can go through the 2018 season without an injury as they groom another replacement for the future Hall of Famer.
Head coach Bill Belichick said after the Super Bowl loss that he was proud of the team and the way they competed all year, but he was disappointed that it wasn’t enough to win the Super Bowl.
The Patriots have quite a few issues to address during the offseason. The will need their offensive and defensive coordinators. Josh McDaniels, who ran the offense will be the next coach of the Indianapolis Colts, while Matt Patricia, who ran the defense, will be the next head coach for the Detroit Lions.
The Patriots will also have to find a replacement for former All-Pro cornerback Malcolm Butler, who played in only one snap on Sunday after being benched by Belichick. Butler, who is an unrestricted free agent, is not expected to resign with the Patriots even if they offer him more money than any other team.
Other unrestricted free agents New England will have this offseason include: Danny Amendola, Cameron Fleming, LaAdrian Waddle and Nate Solder.
The Patriots will also have to address their linebacker situation, which wasn’t very good this year. D’onta Hightower is expected to be back, but the team still needs some speed and athleticism at the position, which they will have to address through the draft or free agency.
Even in the loss, the Patriots made history. pic.twitter.com/UGzVP97S0h— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 5, 2018