Well before Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots were already +700 co-favorites on the NFL odds board for next year's big game. Do they have what it takes?
Jason’s 2018-19 NFL picks record: 11-14 ATS, 0-2 ML (minus-2.90 units), 7-9 Totals
This may be the No. 1 question on everyone’s mind, as well as on this list, and apparently we won’t have an answer anytime soon; TE Rob Gronkowski says he’ll take some time off after the Super Bowl before he makes his decision. There’s not much left in the tank, to be honest. Gronkowski (47 catches, three TDs) isn’t what he used to be, and the Patriots might be looking at replacing him at the 2019 NFL Draft with someone such as Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. Either way, your NFL picks probably won’t be affected much.
2. What About Brady?
Even if QB Tom Brady is drinking deer-antler juice every morning, he’s going to hit the wall at some point – maybe even in 2019, just like Peyton Manning did in 2015. Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is in San Francisco, the line of succession has been broken, but the Pats just might fire another second-rounder at a quarterback, someone such as Duke’s Daniel Jones or Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson.
3. Who Will Replenish the Defensive Line?
This was a weak spot for the Patriots heading into Super Bowl LIII, and it’s an area they’ll have to address if either or both of Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton leave in free agency. Another Alabama product has been touted as a potential first-round pick for New England: Raekwon Davis, who immediately gets our vote here at the home office.