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Despite their loss on Sunday night, the New England Patriots are in good shape.

So good, in fact, that they are already favorites ahead of next year’s Super Bowl.

It’s not too much of a surprise to see Philly and New England with the best odds, of course. After all, both teams just gave us a treat of a Super Bowl on Sunday. The Eagles get Carson Wentz back next season. The Patriots still have Tom Brady, and until things change, are the AFC favorites. If the Jaguars can improve offensively (re-signing Allen Robinson could be crucial), then maybe they can state their case. They did just push New England to their limit in the AFC title game.

Yet early on, there’s not a ton of respect being lobbed their way. Looking at you, Los Angeles Rams. Not to mention, should we expect bounce-back seasons from teams like Oakland, Dallas and Seattle? There’s so much up in the air.

But in the NFC, it’s hard to state a definite case for any side. The Saints are great. Minnesota’s defense is second-to-none, they just have questions at quarterback. Speaking of, Aaron Rodgers returns fully healthy for the Green Bay Packers. There’s so much to unpack in the NFC.

But one thing seems certain: the Patriots aren’t going anywhere.

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