The New England Patriots always seem to land on their feet, don't they?

Despite uncharacteristic losses to poor opponents -- all five of New England's defeats were to teams that missed the playoffs -- the Patriots secured a first-round NFL playoff bye for the ninth consecutive season by beating the New York Jets . They weren't able to overtake Kansas City for the top seed in the AFC playoffs, but Tom E. Curran makes a convincing argument that they're better off at No. 2.

And the oddsmakers apparently agree. According to them, the Pats' chances of winning the Super Bowl keep getting better. New England now is at +650 to win Super Bowl LIII, per OddsShark, an improvement from its +800 odds earlier this month.

*Remember the Lions beat the Patriots on 9/23/18--Patriots 10        Lions 26

Immense difference between the two teams...The Patriots know how to win championships