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Patriots open 2024 season as largest Week 1 underdog

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By: Brian Hines

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New England will open its 2024 regular season visiting the Cincinnati Bengals.

When the New England Patriots will open their regular season on Sept. 8 in Cincinnati, things will look much different than the last time they departed a snowy Gillette Stadium field in January.

A monumental offseason saw the franchise move on from long-time head coach Bill Belichick before quickly hiring Jerod Mayo as his successor. That was just the start, as New England’s remodeled front office used the No. 3 overall pick to draft what they hope is the next future of the franchise in quarterback Drake Maye.

Whether Maye is under center to begin the year or not, New England’s new-look squad will make their first appearance on the road against the Bengals. It will be a tough first test, as Joe Burrow’s return from injury has the Bengals back upon the top projected contenders in the AFC.

Oddsmakers see it the same way, as the Patriots opened as an eight-point underdog on the DraftKings Sportsbook — the largest underdog among any team in Week 1. The over/under has been set at 43.

Originally posted on Pats Pulpit