Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brady’

Tom Brady: From Sixth Round Draft Pick to NFL MVP

October 12, 2011

Tom Brady’s career in the NFL began unceremoniously. He was drafted by the New England Patriots who already had a well established quarterback in Drew Bledsoe. Tom Brady started his first NFL season as a fourth option for the Patriots in 2000 but by the end of his first year he climbed into the No. 2 starter position. Brady saw little action, going 1 for 3 for six yards.

2001 was an unlikely turning point in the career of the 199th NFL Draft pick. Brady started the season behind Drew Beldsoe but quickly was thrown into the spotlight after Bledsoe suffered internal bleeding after a vicious sideline hit.

The rest of the story is movie of the week material. Brady, who was once seventh on the depth chart for the Michigan Wolverines in college, was no starting for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichik designed the Patriots offense around the young Brady. He allowed him to take some chances but also played a conservative offense in key situations to keep his young quarterback out of trouble and flush with confidence.

Brady went on to win the Super Bowl in his first full season and capped it off by winning the Super Bowl MVP Award as well. Brady has won the Super Bowl MVP Award twice and he has led the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories.

If Brady can stay healthy he has a opportunity to break some of the most respected quarterback records in the NFL. Brady is showing no signs of letting up as his career enters the inevitable down cycle for veteran quarterbacks.

Will Tom Brady break any quarterback records this season? Check out your favorite online sportsbook for his and any other football player props.

NFL Betting Picks: New England Patriots at New York Jets

September 12, 2008

The New England Patriots play their first game without 2007 NFL MVP Tom Brady when they visit AFC East rival New York Jets on Sunday (4:15 pm ET, CBS).

New York is a 1.5-point favorite at Sportingbet.com and the total is 37.

New England is a dominating 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in the past 10 meetings with the Jets, including a 20-10 win last Dec. 16. The Pats failed to cover the 20.5-point home spread.

The Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10 as a 16-point favorite in Week 1, and the score went under the total of 43. Brady was injured in the first quarter and lost for the season with a torn ACL.

New York, with new QB Brett Favre, defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-14 as a 3-point underdog last week. The score went under the total of 37. Favre completed 15-of-22 passes for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

New England is 5-0 SU and ATS in the past five meetings in New York. New England is 19-1 SU in its past 20. The Jets are 4-2 ATS in their past six. The total has gone over in four of the past six meetings.

Pick: Jets

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Brady injury shakes up NFL future betting odds

September 10, 2008

Tom Brady’s season-ending injury has had a major domino effect on NFL Futures, causing lines to move on everything from MVP to Super Bowl betting.

Hours after the Patriots’ pivot suffered a torn ACL on a hit by Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Bernard Pollard on Sunday, New England rose to 9-1 from about 3-1 in Super Bowl Futures Betting at Sportingbet.com.

The main benefactor of Brady’s bum knee has been the Dallas Cowboys, who dropped from 7½-1 to 3-1 and are now the top pick to win Super Bowl XLIII at Sportingbet.com.

Brady, the 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player, will miss the entire 2008 season because he will need surgery to repair the injury that occurred in the first quarter of New England’s 17-10 Week 1 win over Kansas City.

Sportingbet.com’s David Main said Super Bowl futures betting has been very active since Sunday, and not just because of Brady’s injury. A number of Week 1 upsets have also caused line movements.

The Chicago Bears 29-13 road win over the Indianapolis Colts helped push Chicago to 33-1 Super Bowl odds from 50-1 before the game started. And the Carolina Panthers’ odds were cut in half (20-1 from 40-1) after an upset win over the San Diego Chargers.

Despite the loss, however, the Chargers moved up slightly, from 7½-1 to 7-1.

“This is a case where it is partly because of Brady, partly a result of Indianapolis losing to the Bears,” Main said.

Other teams benefiting in Super Bowl odds are the Philadelphia Eagles, up to 14-1 from 20-1, the New Orleans Saints (16-1 from 20-1), the Pittsburgh Steelers (14-1 from 25-1), and the New York Jets (33-1 from 50-1).

As for the AFC Championship, former favorite New England is now 7-2 while the San Diego Chargers are up to 3-1. But interestingly, the Pats are still favored to win the AFC East division at Sportingbet.com, at 4-9 (-225) odds. AFC East odds for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets have moved up slightly, to 7-2.

In NFL MVP betting, Brady’s injury not only killed his chances at a second-straight award, but dropped MVP odds for teammate Randy Moss. Main said the Pats’ WR had been 16-1 but will be up to about 25-1 when MVP betting resumes later this week. Dallas QB Tony Romo is now the favorite.

The Tennessee Titans also lost quarterback Vince Young for up to four weeks when he was injured Sunday, but that hasn’t changed future odds for the team.

“The Titans have pretty much stayed constant at 40-1 to win the Super Bowl,” said Main. “Obviously the loss of Young will hurt them, but backup Kerry Collins is experienced enough to take the reins.”

By Rob Gerein

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