'Belichick Factor' Confounds Bookies

Record-breaking point spread set for Patriots-Eagles game
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2007 11:25 PM CST
New England Patriots quarter back Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 24-20 in the NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – When they're winning big, NFL teams usually bring off their starters by the fourth quarter. The Patriots don't - and what bookies are calling "The Belichick Factor" is breaking records, reports ESPN. Sports bookmakers in Nevada were hit hard after the Patriots crushed the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, and nobody expects Bill Belichick's team to slow down anytime soon—which is why their next game is setting a record.

The 23.5 point spread for the upcoming Patriots-Eagles game is the biggest ever for a game not involving an expansion team - and a lot of people won't be surprised if it's covered by half-time. The record spread may be a short-lived one: the same oddsmakers who set this line think an even bigger one could be posted when the New England juggernaut faces the Jets on December 16.