The over/under for Patriots wins in 2017 has been set at 12.5, the most for a team in the last 10 years, and taking things a step further, they are the only NFL team to be projected as favorites in all of their games.

The Patriots are favorites in every game in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are favorites in every game in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The over/under for Patriots wins in 2017 has been set at 12.5, the most for a team in the last 10 years, and taking things a step further, they are the only NFL team to be projected as favorites in all of their games.

Sportsbook operator CG Technology released lines for every game (except for Week 17) on Tuesday and the Patriots are favorites in all of them. New England hosts the Jets in Week 17, so it’s almost certain they will be favorites in that game as well.

The Patriots are favored by an average of 6.5 points per game, with the largest spread being 12.5 at home when they take on the Chargers. They are only a 1.5-point favorite in Week 11 against the Raiders in Mexico City and then again in Week 15 when they play at the Steelers.

New England finished with the best mark against the spread in 2016 at 13-3.

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Ryan Hannable

Brandin Cooks has already received high praise from owner Robert Kraft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)It’s clear the Patriots got a great receiver this offseason when they traded a first-round pick for Brandin Cooks. 



Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has never shied away from taking jabs at the Patriots, and he was at it again Tuesday night.

On his show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Polian was asked by a caller how the Bills can ever compete with the Patriots in the AFC East?

Bill Polian said the Patriots aren't as good as some think they are. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Bill Polian said the Patriots aren’t as good as some think they are. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has never shied away from taking jabs at the Patriots, and he was at it again Tuesday night.

On his show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Polian was asked by a caller how the Bills can ever compete with the Patriots in the AFC East?

“Tom Brady was a quarter away from losing the Super Bowl last year pretty decisively,” Polian said. “They are a great team. They are not as great as people think they are. They’re not invincible. What they are is exceptionally well-constructed and exceptionally well-coached. But, Tom Brady isn’t going to play forever. He showed some signs of being human last year on a number of occasions, including in the Super Bowl.”

Polian is most famously known for saying he had a first-round grade on Brady before the 2000 NFL draft.

Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC East eight straight years and 14 of the last 16.

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The Patriots appear to still be searching for depth next to Dont’a Hightower in the middle of the defense.

The Patriots reportedly hosted Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly hosted Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots appear to still be searching for depth next to Dont’a Hightower in the middle of the defense.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots hosted veteran linebacker Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday.

As of now, behind Hightower the Patriots have Elandon Roberts, Shea McClellin and Jonathan Freeny.

It’s worth noting, if the Patriots are interested in signing him this wouldn’t happen until Wednesday, as any signings made after Tuesday do not count towards the compensatory pick formula.

Gachkar, 28, has spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys, after playing his first four years with the Chargers. The Missouri product has totaled 145 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his career and also has some special teams value.

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Brandin Cooks has only been a member of the Patriots for a few months, but he seems well aware of the winning culture that’s already in place.

Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks aluded to all the moves the Patriots have made in the offseason.

Brandin Cooks called working with Tom Brady "amazing." (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks called working with Tom Brady “amazing.” (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks has only been a member of the Patriots for a few months, but he seems well aware of the winning culture that’s already in place.

Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks eluded to all the moves the Patriots have made in the offseason.

“We’re on a mission,” he said. “Whatever mission that may be, I don’t know, but we’re on a mission. That’s what it seems like.”

The 23-year-old played with a great quarterback in Drew Brees with the Saints, and now he will play with another great quarterback in Tom Brady.

“It’s amazing,” Cooks said.

Added Cooks when asked what makes it amazing: “I think you can answer that. Yeah, I’ll let you be the judge of that. He’s just an awesome quarterback and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play with him.”

Cooks finished the 2016 season with 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns.

Here are some other highlights from his media session.

On the Week 2 game in New Orleans: “Yeah, it’s exciting, but it’s going to be another game. I’m not going to treat it any differently. It’s Week 2, so I’ll be focused on Week 1. Once Week 2 comes, that’s all I’ll be focused on. It’s not like I put an “X” on the calendar for that game. I just want to go in, do my job, handle business and let the rest take care of itself.”

On being in New England: “It’s a new transition. You know, a little cold coming from New Orleans, but I love it. I originally grew up on the West Coast, so I’m obviously halfway across the country now – or across the country – but it’s a great atmosphere. Going down to the city is amazing. I live in Oregon now during the offseason, so I’m used to a little bit of cold, rainy days, but it’s a little different out here, so we’ll see.”

On impressions of coaching staff: “Their focus. Their attention to detail, once again, here is amazing. But, you know what, everything is going so fast right now, so I’m not looking at those type of things. I’m just, once again, looking at what I have to do to be the best I can be here.”

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Ryan Hannable
Brandin Cooks didn't try and take Jimmy Garoppolo's No. 10. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks didn’t try and take Jimmy Garoppolo’s No. 10. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

A lot of times when players move to new teams and want to keep their jersey numbers from their previous team they make deals with whomever has their number on their new team.

New Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks wore No. 10 in New Orleans, which is obviously Jimmy Garoppolo’s with New England.

When the Patriots released their jersey numbers Monday Cooks had No. 14, not No. 10. Speaking to the media at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks said he didn’t even try to get No. 10 from Garoppolo.

“I didn’t even try,” Cooks told reporters. “I didn’t even think about asking him. [It is] a new journey, new opportunity, so I wanted something different.”

Cooks said there was no real reason for him choosing No. 14.

“No big significance at all, really,” he said. “I was [No.] 7 in college, so the way that I like to think about it is double-7. Yeah, no big significance.”

Most Patriots fans know No. 14 for quarterback Steve Grogan. He played 16 seasons in New England and threw a career-best 28 touchdowns in 1979.

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