The AFC champion New England Patriots are far and away the best known Super Bowl commodity in history. With head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady the Patriots command plenty of action for NFL gambling sites.
Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots will be gunning for their sixth Super Bowl championship. This is the eighth Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots in the Belichick era. The Pats will face the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds have never won a Super Bowl. Their appearance in this year’s Super Bowl caught the entire football world by surprise.
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 Lines: Patriots -6, O/U 48
Patriots vs. Eagles TV Coverage: NBC
Matchup to Watch.
Doug Pederson has led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in just his second season on the job. The Eagles were a great betting value with NFL games odds this season. The Eagles finished 13-3 straight up and 10-6 against the spread. The Eagles were 5-3 against the spread away from home. Philadelphia covered both of their NFC playoff games. The Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 and the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 as playoff home dogs. Even more impressive is the fact that the Eagles won both playoff games with backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles took over as starter in week 15 after number one quarterback Carson Wentz was lost due to a knee injury. Foles is an interesting story in that his career has been salvaged from the ash heap. He was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Eagles in 2013 when Chip Kelly took over as coach. He then crashed and burned just as fast. He was banished to the St. Louis Rams in 2015 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016. He returned to the Eagles in a backup role this year. In the playoffs Foles lit it up for with a 122.1 passer rating. Foles passed for three touchdowns and no interceptions in the post season.
The superlatives for the New England Patriots could go on forever. Bill Belichick has cracked the code in an era in which the NFL is setup to punish success and prevent dynasties. Belichick must go down as the greatest head coach in NFL history. No coach has ever had to overcome the obstacles and challenges of the modern salary cap era. Tom Brady is the ultimate sportsbook online asset. Brady must also be considered the greatest quarterback in NFL history. It’s incredible to fathom that Brady is now 40 years of age. Brady engineered another clutch comeback in the AFC championship game. Brady tossed a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to bail out the Pats in their 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Clutch comebacks are the mere routine for Brady and the Patriots. A defense that ranked 29th overall in the NFL is of concern.
Matchup to Watch.
The Eagles are a complete team and excellent betting value with the NFL games odds. The Patriots are a potential overlay with the vast majority of public money going their way.
Patriots vs. Eagles Prediction
The Eagles and the points are the pick
Online Football Betting Pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Online Football Betting Score Prediction: Eagles 24, Patriots 20
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