News that Tom Brady would accept his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate did little to dampen the public perception of his team; the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook still has the New England Patriots as the favorites to win Super Bowl LI.
The Patriots were bet down to 6-1 as the favorites at Westgate. Then, after the initial news that Brady was suspended on April 25, Westgate kept New England as the 6-1 favorite. Sportsbook operator CG Technology made the Patriots co-favorites with the Seahawks at 8-1.
New England's season expected win total dropped from 10.5 wins (over -155) to 10 (under -125), and the Patriots went from the favorite to win the AFC at +330 to co-favorites with Pittsburgh at +400 per CG Technology. Westgate hadn't released its season win totals when the news broke, but opened New England's season win total at 10.5.
Now that Brady is officially out for the first four games, New England will indeed be a 5.5-point underdog at Arizona in Week 1 at Westgate (4.5 at CG Technology). According to CG Technology, New England will be favored at home in the following three games that he will miss (vs. Dolphins, Texans and Bills).
At Westgate, New England is currently the 6-1 favorite to win Super Bowl LI, followed by Seattle, Pittsburgh and Green Bay at 8-1. No other AFC East team has odds better than 50-1.