The career of Tom Brady has been filled with broken records and NFL playoff supremacy. Tom Terrific has an active 10-year streak of being named to the AFC Pro Bowl team (though he’s rarely available to make practice) and is working on another streak of consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
Brady’s perhaps most-impressive streak came to an end last Monday, however. The number is 69 – it’s been 69 games since the legendary QB went into an NFL contest, whether regular season or postseason, as an underdog.
The Kansas City Chiefs are giving (-3) points to the Patriots for Sunday’s late-afternoon kickoff, mainly thanks to a possibly game-changing home field advantage. Arrowhead Stadium is forecast to be murder-cold with the added visual bonus of a blood red moon in the sky during the 4th quarter.
Handicappers are as spooked by what the conditions could do to an aging Brady or Rob Gronkowski as they are by Patrick Mahomes’ passing arm. The Over/Under line opened at (57) but has been shrinking into the (55) range.
In some ways, the Chiefs are a true underdog no matter what Las Vegas does. There are those who never thought KC would get this far in the playoffs, even though head coach Andy Reid has his best team since taking over in Missouri. The skipper’s 11-13 postseason record coming into 2018-19 was no salve on the fans’ concerns, but the Chiefs blew away the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 in the AFC Divisional Round.
Brady and the Pats appear pleased with the “spoiler” role that a “+” point spread market entails. The defiant QB told the media that “everyone thinks (the Patriots) suck” after thrashing Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round.
It’s not often that gamblers get to take points while gambling on the New England Patriots. But predictions and touts alike could fall prey to the eerie cold in Kansas City.
Image from 123RF.