For fans looking for two completely different pro football cultures and franchises, the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles delivers the goods at best offshore sportsbooks. The Patriots are “establishment” in every way with a dynasty that brags of the best owner, coach and quarterback in the game. The upstart Eagles came out of nowhere to gain a Super Bowl berth with a backup quarterback. There is a compelling case for each team.
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 -5, O/U 48
Patriots vs. Eagles TV Coverage: NBC
There are many well established reasons to think that the New England Patriots are the smart choice to win and cover the Super Bowl at best offshore sportsbooks. The famed Hall of Fame troika of owner Bob Kraft, head coach and general manager Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady are a machine. The Patriots have five Super Bowl championships since 2001 and eight AFC championships in that span. The Patriots roster routinely grinds out players like a revolving door but the key piece Brady remains ensconced. In an era that was totally set up to punish success and prevent a dynasty the Patriots have found a way to become the most successful franchise, long term, in NFL history.
The Philadelphia Eagles have never won the Super Bowl. Their last NFL championship was in 1960, when there was no such thing as a Super Bowl and the Patriots were in their first season in the brand new American Football League. The Eagles began the season as an afterthought at MyBookie Sportsbook to win the NFC. When starting quarterback Carson Wentz went down to injury in week 14 the Birds were written off for dead. But backup quarterback Nick Foles, in his second tour of duty with the Eagles, came off the bench to save the season as the Eagles won the NFC.
The Patriots are in excellent form as a betting value with ten payouts in their last 12 games. New England has gone under the total in five out of their last seven games. The Eagles have covered their last two games but lost four out of their previous five games against the spread. The Eagles have gone under the total in three out of their last four games. Philadelphia has been a dangerous dog lately with four payouts in their last five games as a pup. The Eagles have gone over the total in seven out of their last nine games as a dog.
Matchup to Watch.
The Eagles boast better overall team balance that could make them a compelling value at best offshore sportsbooks. The Eagles ranked seventh in the NFL for total offense and third for offense. The Eagles ranked fourth for total defense and for scoring defense. The Pats ranked a disturbing 29th in the NFL for overall defense but fifth for scoring defense. New England ranked 30th in the NFL for pass defense. But the New England offense ranked first overall and second for scoring.
Patriots vs. Eagles Prediction
This should be a tight one. But we won’t buck the establishment nor Brady. Patriots are the call!
Online Football Betting Pick: New England Patriots
Online Football Betting Score Prediction: Patriots 38, Eagles 17