The New England Patriots have had their share of scandals and controversies with the NFL through the years. But that is offset by the fact that they are the established dominant franchise in an era in which the NFL did all it could to prevent a dynasty. The great sports betting irony of the Patriots is that they have become the most dominant franchise in NFL history in an age of the salary cap and all out emphasis on parity. The Philadelphia Eagles represent what the NFL rules strive for. The Eagles are a classic come out of nowhere team that epitomizes what the NFL rules were designed to do. The Patriots face the Eagles in Super Bowl LII in the ultimate contrast of franchises and cultures.
New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NFL Betting Online Odds at SBG: Patriots -5.5, OU 48, money line Patriots -209/Eagles +176
Patriots vs. Eagles TV Coverage: NBC
There is a lot of understandable sports betting intrigue with the Philadelphia Eagles. Much of it has to do with quarterback Nick Foles, who came off the bench in week 14 when starting QB Carson Wentz went down to injury. Foles became the hero of the playoffs with a passer rating of 122.1, three touchdown passes and zero picks. Foles regained the touch that made him and instant sensation in 2013 when he led the Eagles to the playoffs. His career crashed and burned from there. A Super Bowl win would be the ultimate redemption. The way that the Eagles manhandled the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship game is hard for gamblers to forget. Head coach Doug Pederson is an unknown quantity to most football fans but demonstrated obvious leadership qualities in keeping the Eagles on task after Wentz went down.
The New England Patriots are the obvious choice with the betting lines. Gamblers trust the tandem of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. With a total of five Super Bowl championships that trust is understandable. The Patriots are a championship machine that continually confound the experts after being written off for dead on numerous occasions. No team is more clutch than the Patriots. All one has to do is recall their 28-3 rally in last year’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. The 24-20 AFC championship game comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is another classic example of this heart of a champion. The word “culture” has become overused in sports but in New England it has considerable merit, Belichick has built a championship culture where many players come and go but the expectations remain the same.
Matchup to Watch
This Super Bowl sports betting is the ultimate matchup of an experienced champion against an out of nowhere upstart. If the Atlanta Falcons could not finish off the Patriots with a 28-3 lead last year, why would the Eagles be able to bring the dagger?
Patriots vs. Eagles NFL games Betting Odds Picks
It would be overly risky to bet against Brady and Belichick to get the win. The Patriots are the money line selection for Super Bowl LII.
NFL Betting Online Pick: New England Patriots -209
NFL Betting Online Score Prediction: Patriots 27, Eagles 24