Since 2000, the NFL’s New England Patriots have become a sports franchise that is synonymous with unprecedented success. With multiple Super Bowl titles on the resume, the Patriots are also a very popular betting team.
New England Patriots Overview
This football franchise dates back to 1960 when the Boston Patriots played their inaugural season in the American Football League (AFL). When the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, the team retained the name Boston before becoming the New England Patriots in 1971.
Success on the field was spotty for the next three decades. The Patriots did appear in Super Bowl XX in January of 1986 but they were crushed by the Chicago Bears 46-10.
The arrival of head coach Bill Belichick in 2000 changed the course of the entire franchise. With Tom Brady as the team’s quarterback, the Patriots became perennial Super Bowl contenders. They won their first of six world titles in 2001 by beating the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI.
The one record that may stand for eternity is a record 11 appearances in the NFL’s championship game.
The Patriots play in the AFC’s East Division. Long standing rivalries exist against the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. Betting New England as a favorite against any of those teams is a popular wager.
If New England happened to be listed as a seven-point home favorite against Buffalo, the Patriots would have to beat the Bills by eight points or more to win that bet.
Betting on the New England Patriots in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is one of several states that continues to work through the legislative process to offer legal sports betting. With more and more neighboring states joining the list of legal US markets, the pressure to get something done this year continues to build.
This NFL franchise actually represents the entire New England region of the country. That gives sports bettors in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut the ability to legally wager on Patriot games.
New England Patriots Partnership With Sportsbooks
The New England Patriots partnership with DraftKings dates all the way back to 2014. This was well before that highly popular Boston-based company was offering legal sports betting through the DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app.
The partnership with the local team revolved around daily fantasy sports (DFS). This is where DraftKings first got its start in the US gaming industry. The Patriots do not have an official sports betting partner. Yet, it is safe to say that DraftKings would jump at the opportunity to fill that role as well. Massachusetts online sports betting remains illegal at this time.