The New England Patriots are 3-point favorites at the best sportsbooks against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5th in Houston. The Patriots feature the best defense in the NFL while the Falcons have the best defense in the league. The Falcons will be trying to win their first-ever Super Bowl while the Patriots will be trying to win their 5th. Let’s look at why the Patriots can win Super Bowl LI.
Super Bowl LI Odds at Sports Betting Online Sites
New England -3, total 58.5
Belichick and Brady
When you think about New England you have to start with their head coach Bill Belichick and their quarterback Tom Brady. You can already make a strong case that Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history and Brady is the best quarterback in history. The biggest reason they Patriots can win the Super Bowl is Belichick and Brady.
It is obvious that Brady is still playing at an extremely high level even at 39 years old. He threw 28 TDs this betting season and only two interceptions according the stats at top sportsbooks. He threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns last week in the win over Pittsburgh. He was so good against the Steelers that of his 10 incomplete passes, four were drops, two were just throw away passes, one was a spike and one was a failed screen pass.
There is no question that Brady will be extremely well prepared for whatever the Falcons defense throws at him. And it is not like Atlanta’s defense is anything special as they finished in the bottom third of the league in points allowed. Brady will be playing in his seventh career Super Bowl.
If having Brady wasn’t enough, the Patriots also have Belichick who will have his team ready for anything Atlanta has to throw at them. And Belichik has seen Atlanta’s system before as Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn was Seattle’s defensive coordinator when the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Belichick found a way to beat the vaunted Seattle defense and this year’s Atlanta defense is not nearly as good.
Belichick has led the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances and if the Patriots win this game it will be his fifth Lombardi Trophy.
Defense Wins Championships
Another reason the Patriots can win and cover the Super Bowl spread at sports betting sites for US players is their defense. In NFL history when the top defense goes against the top offense in the Super Bowl it is the defense that wins more often than not. The defense has won four of the previous five occasions when this matchup occurred with the only game where the offense dominated the defense coming in Super Bowl XXIV when the 49ers and Joe Montana routed the Broncos. New England doesn’t get nearly enough credit for their defense but they completely shut down a Pittsburgh offense that many people were saying was unstoppable.
These are the reasons that the Patriots will win Super Bowl LI and cover the spread at sports betting online sites.