By Matt Vautour | Posted July 25, 2018 at 06:26 AM
With Major League Baseball approaching its home stretch, NFL camps about to start and the NBA and NHL not that far off, only one city has teams ranked among the top three in Vegas betting odds in all four sports:
The four area teams have amassed 10 championships since the New England Patriots upended the St. Louis Rams in 2002. If the casino folks are right, all four could contend to add to regions ring collections.
How long can this golden age continue?
Let’s have a look at the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins, their chances in 2018-19 and how long their window is open for.
(All odds were as of Tuesday afternoon on VegasInsider.com)
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
According to VegasInsider.com, the Patriots, at 6-to-1, have the best odds of anyone of winning the Super Bowl this year.
The Philadelphia Eagles are next at 8-to-1 followed by the Minnesota Vikings (10-to-1) and the Los Angeles Rams (12-to-1). In terms of odds, the Patriots’ odds are helped by the fact that Vegas considers them far more likely to get to the Super Bowl than any other team in the AFC.
Obviously reaching the Super Bowl is one of the more important prerequisites for winning it and there’s much more of a log jam atop the NFC.
Toughest competition: Obviously the defending champion Eagles, who’ll get even better if Carson Wentz gets back to 100 percent, look formidable, but it will be interesting to see how they adapt going from upstart to favorite.
In the AFC, Jacksonville had a shot to knock the Patriots out but couldn’t quite pull it together. If Deshaun Watson is back at full speed, Houston could certainly present quite the hurdle.
Why the Patriots will win: A year ago, Tom Brady played well enough to lead the Patriots to within a drive of another Lombardi Trophy.
If he stays healthy and avoids a huge drop off in performance, he’s still good enough to pilot a deep postseason run.
The return of Dont’a Hightower should help solidify the defense.
Why the Patriots won’t win: Inexperienced receivers and question marks at left tackle should set off alarms heading into the year. Will Hightower be the same player coming off injury? Will Edelman?
Can the defense adapt to the loss of coordinator Matt Patricia?
Will the perceived feud between Bill Belichick and star players Rob Gronkowski and Brady create enough foundation cracks for the Patriots to slide out of elite status?
That’s just the start of a long list of questions.
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Window size: It sure feels small. Jimmy Garoppolo was supposed to take the baton, but now the Patriots have no succession plan at quarterback. When Brady does retire, there’s no guarantee the next guy is going to be playing for Belichick either, as the coach is certainly nearing retirement age. There could be some lean years down the road.