In the aftermath of Tom Brady's season-ending injury, the oddsmakers have decided the Patriots are no longer a favorite, but an afterthought.
According to BodogLife.com, the Patriots, who were 7-2 favorites to win the Super Bowl a week ago, now are a 20-1 longshot, which puts them 12th among all NFL teams. The Dallas Cowboys are the new favorite (4-1), while San Diego (13-2) and Indianapolis (15-2) are second and third. The Chargers and Colts are among five AFC teams with better odds than the Patriots, including the Jets (15-1).
"The media has it correct that there never has been one injury, so early in the season, that has affected football and a teamís chance of winning more than the Tom Brady injury," said Bodog sportsbook manager Richard Gardner in a press release.
Two other factoids regarding the odds:
In a somewhat related note, the Patriots dropped from first to ninth in the ESPN.com staff power rankings this week.