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Despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension, the New England Patriots are favored to win the Super Bowl next season. Getty

Even after quarterback Tom Brady agreed to drop his appeal and serve a four-game suspension for his alleged role in “Deflategate,” oddmakers are still firmly backing the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LI in the upcoming 2016 NFL season.

The four-time champion Brady will sit out the first quarter of New England’s schedule in favor of inexperienced and unchallenged passer Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s thrown 31 total NFL passes over 11 appearances and never made a single start, but Las Vegas still lists the Patriots as overwhelming 29/4 favorites, according to

The latest odds suggest the Patriots will meet the Green Bay Packers or stage a Super Bowl XLIX rematch with the Seattle Seahawks, with each of the NFC powers listed at 10/1 ods.

In fact, of the top five more favored squads, the Patriots are the only rep for the AFC. The Arizona Cardinals are knotted with the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers at 11/1 odds.

As for the Patriots, the belief is that Garopplo’s two years in New England behind Brady and the knowledge he’s gained under head coach Bill Belichick is enough to get past mild start to the 2016 season. New England will open up at Arizona in Week 1, followed up three straight home games versus AFC East rival Miami, then the Houston Texans and J.J. Watt roll into to town, and lastly division foe Buffalo. Other than Arizona, and given how Belichick has likely prepared for life without Brady, the Patriots will still be in the thick of the title race when Brady returns at Cleveland in Week 5.

The next tier of Super Bowl contenders is led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at 12/1 odds, with the defending champion Denver Broncos and previous 4-12 Dallas Cowboys at 16/1 odds. Then there’s the Cincinnati Bengals at 18/1 and the Minnesota Vikings at 20/1.

Armed with Roethlisberger and All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown, the Steelers should again field one of the best offenses in football but they do face questions about running back Le’Veon Bell’s health and if he can return to full form after a serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, Denver will try to defend its crown with quarterback Mark Sanchez taking over for since-retired Peyton Manning. Though its impossible to fill Manning’s role completely, Sanchez has completed better than 64 percent of his passes the last two seasons and he has a ton of weapons in receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as well as running backs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

The Cowboys were riddled with injuries last season, most notably quarterback Tony Romo, but if he stays healthy Dallas should be a player in the NFC East and perhaps deeper in the postseason. Romo has Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten at his disposal, on top of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

But defensively, Dallas must get better. It ranked No. 16 in the league with 23.4 points allowed per contest and was tied with Chicago at No. 22 in rushing defense.

Odds To Win Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots 29/4

Green Bay Packers 10/1

Seattle Seahawks 10/1

Arizona Cardinals 11/1

Carolina Panthers 11/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1

Denver Broncos 16/1

Dallas Cowboys 16/1

Cincinnati Bengals 18/1

Minnesota Vikings 20/1

Kansas City Chiefs 25/1

Indianapolis Colts 25/1

Oakland Raiders 30/1

Baltimore Ravens 32/1

New York Giants 35/1

Houston Texans 37/1

Washington Redskins 55/1

Chicago Bears 60/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 60/1

New York Jets 60/1

Buffalo Bills 65/1

Miami Dolphins 65/1

Atlanta Falcons 65/1

New Orleans Saints 65/1

Philadelphia Eagles 70/1

Detroit Lions 70/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 80/1

San Diego Chargers 80/1

San Francisco 49ers 100/1

Tennessee Titans 100/1

Cleveland Browns 200/1