Tom Brady returns to Foxboro to meet the team he is synonymous with for the first time in what is the most anticipated game of the year. Here are The Wolf’s best bets for Sunday Night Football.
It is hard to imagine a regular season game that has been more eagerly anticipated than Tom Brady’s return to New England to meet Bill Belichick and his old team. While this game will mean little to either’s legacy, both see this as an opportunity to make a statement as to who was the key figure in their long-lasting dynasty. The Patriots look to be in a good spot. They are 11-5 against the spread as an underdog and have covered nine of 11 as a home dog. Belichick has a sensational record when playing outside the division and big home underdogs are 38-21 against the number the last 25 seasons.
Rob Gronkowski has rediscovered his old role as Tom Brady’s most loved target. In three games this year he has 16 catches on 21 targets, opening the season with multiple touchdown games. It is hard to believe Belichick will sell out to stop Gronk though. If he’s able to play, he should get plenty of opportunities and considering how well the Pats defend the run then, shots at the goalline look to be on the cards.
Kendrick Bourne has become a key part of the Patriots offense with a breakout game against the Saints with 6 catches on 8 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs can be thrown on as Matt Stafford showed last week and Bourne is the most reliable of the outside threats for New England.
SAME GAME MULTI
Mac Jones Over 254.5 Pass Yards/Damien Harris Under 45.5 Rush Yards/Antonio Brown Over 49.5 Rec Yards ($6.75)
Mac Jones has had the reins put on him early but has topped 270 yards in two of three starts. The Bucs rank 4th in run defence and Damien Harris seemed to lose the top running back role last week. Antonio Brown had 121 yards in his only fully healthy game this year.