Without Hernandez, Pats' SB odds change

Without Hernandez, Pats' SB odds change
June 26, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Aaron Hernandez and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski combined for 106 catches, 1,273 yards and 16 TDs last season. (USA Today Images)

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The loss of a single skill player doesn't often result in Vegas changing a team's Super Bowl chances, but Pregame.com has downgraded the Patriots' odds of winning the Super Bowl in the wake of Aaron Hernandez's release.

New England was bumped to 8/1, a modest change from its 7/1 odds released just a few weeks ago. The Patriots’ over/under win total remains at 11.

The game-day loss of Hernandez played a small role in the change of odds, but other factors were also at play, such as the scandal’s distraction to the team and a thinness at tight end. The Pats previously had the best two-tight end attack in the NFL, but Hernandez is now gone and Rob Gronkowski has had three arm surgeries and a back surgery over the last year.

This marks the first time since 2003 that New England has not been considered a top-two favorite to win the Super Bowl. San Francisco and Denver are tied for the top spot at 6/1, followed by the Seahawks and Patriots are 8-to-1. 

The Eagles' 2014 Super Bowl odds vary by site. They are 33/1 according to Bovada, 40/1 by Sportsbook, and they opened at 55/1 at Pregame.com.

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