By now, the tale of how Tom Brady overcame long odds just to become a starting quarterback in the NFL, then lead the New England Patriots to dominance, has been told countless times.
Still, no matter how many times the Patriots win and reinforce their super stature, there will be those who doubt Brady can do it again.
But handicapper Buzz Daly has seen enough to be convinced. Daly is in line to bet on New England as a 7-point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles in today’s Super Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla.
The past two years, behind the leadership of Brady and coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots are 33-4 straight up and 27-8-2 against the spread. So it’s no wonder the odds are long against the Eagles.
As recently as November, the AFC was a 3-point favorite over the NFC in the Super Bowl. It’s too late to jump on that line, but Daly said the cost of inflation isn’t too high.
“Not getting the best number shouldn’t stop New England bettors from cashing tickets,” Daly said. “The Patriots’ combo of Belichick and Brady trumps whatever the Eagles counter with, and in what appears to be a close matchup, there …