The New England Patriots and legendary coach Bill Belichick experienced something earlier this week they have not experienced since 2000. It was the first time since Belichick's rookie season at the helm no Patriots player was named to the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl games are set for Feb. 4 in Orlando, Florida.
Utilizing SportsReference.com, BetMassachusetts.com looked at how teams played the following NFL season after having zero Pro Bowlers selected that year. There have been 34 teams that have had zero Pro Bowlers since the 2010 Pro Bowl. Here are the deflating results for Patriots backers in Massachusetts sports betting:
NFL Teams Year After 0 Pro Bowlers
Massachusetts betting apps have San Francisco as the Super Bowl favorite at +225. Baltimore is second at +800.
Prior to this season, the Patriots along with the Washington Commanders have had at least one Pro Bowler in every season since 2010. Both streaks were snapped this year. Teams that have accomplished this feat returned the next year to post an average sub-par record of 7-9. Eleven of the 34 teams (32.3%) made it into the postseason, while just two-of-34 (5.9%) advanced to the Conference Championship or better.
This season, the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers also joined the Patriots and Commanders with zero Pro Bowlers. We shall see what happens in 2024.
Sunday’s Home Finale
Over at ESPN BET Massachusetts, in what could be Belichick’s last game at Foxborough at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Patriots are a slight two-point and -125 money line favorites over their AFC East rival New York Jets (+105) on CBS. The game’s over/under total is 30.5 points.
New England has won an astounding 15 straight games against the Jets and leads the all-time series, 72-53-1.