New England will be a home underdog of a TD or more this week and you think, ‘Golly, this never would have happened on Tom Brady’s watch.’
Well it did, twice – both times in 2001 when he was a rookie.
Baltimore will lay 7 points or more at the Patriots in Week 10 and it has been six years since the Patriots were a home underdog at all, let alone a big one. The last time, they were +3 at home to Denver Nov. 2, 2014 and crushed the Broncos 43-21.
It has only happened twice since 1993 that New England was a home dog of 7 or more. They were +8.5 to the Greatest Show on Turf Nov. 18. 2001 and lost 24-17. That was the same year the Patriots would get payback in the Super Bowl, upsetting the Rams as 14-point underdogs.
And back on Sept. 30, 2001, Peyton Manning’s Colts were favored 13 points here after Drew Brees went down with injury and a skinny young backup named Tom Brady stepped in for a shocking 44-13 win over Indianapolis. (Read the ESPN recap.)