The 2011 New England Patriots concluded regular season play with a record of 13-3 and held home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They opened up the playoffs with a 45-10 home rout of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos as a -14 point favorite. In the AFC Championship they survived at home as a late field goal chip shot miss and a game winning touchdown pass dropped by Baltimore sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl as they earned the 23-20 home win against the Ravens as a -7 point favorite. The Patriots then faced the Giants in the Super Bowl and dropped a 21-17 contest as a -3 point favorite as New England mistakes cost them the game. The Super Bowl loss broke a 10 game win streak by the Patriots and made it two losses to the Giants in the Super Bowl over the past five seasons.
The New England Patriots 2012 regular season win total has been set at 12 wins with the over favored at -130 odds. The under 12 wins for the New England Patriots return +100 odds. The odds for the Patriots season wins came courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
Tom Brady is coming off a fantastic season in 2011 as the veteran signal caller completed over 65% of his passes for 39 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Wes Welker went through contract squabbles in the offseason and was the receptions leader for New England with 122 catches for 1569 yards and nine touchdowns. Both stud tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez return for the Patriots. The New England strategy should not change much as the club will continue to target their tight ends in the passing game. Veteran wide out Brandon Lloyd was signed in the offseason and will likely start out wide. Chad Ochocinco was cut in the summer. Leading running back BenJarvus Green Ellis signed in the offseason to Cincinnati. New England often split carriers with an array of backs as Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen will share duties running the football. Defensively New England put up some rather poor numbers as the club was 31st in the NFL in total defense by allowing 411 yards per game. The unit was a bend don’t break defense as the Patriot defense allowed just 21 points a game finishing in the mid pack of the league at 15th. New England will face the NFC West and AFC South this season. Other than Houston the AFC south has been down. In the NFC West San Francisco is a class team but the Patriots should be able to handle the rest of the clubs. Getting to 13 wins again is attainable for New England at the sports books.