Fri, Jan 26, 10:59am by Staff Writer
Super Bowl 52 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota takes place on February 4, with the New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles.
The New England Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of making their second successive Super Bowl.
Quarterback Tom Brady was immense in the fourth quarter against the Jags, leading two touchdown drives and a New England win 24-20.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a close win against the Atlanta Falcons before blowing out the highly fancied Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the Championship game.
The Patriots opened as favourites for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles have been well supported in the early market, available at $2.75 at Sportsbet after opening at over $3.
During the 2017 NFL playoffs, underdogs are 8-1-1 against the spread, with the Eagles given a five point start at $1.95 at Sportsbet.
This five point start has been hammered, as it was 6.5 when markets opened.
Both teams have been very good in terms of covering the number this season. During 18 games played, both the Eagles and Patriots are 12-6 against the spread.
Despite failing to cover the +7.5 against the Jags in the championship game, New England has covered in 10 of its past 12 games overall, while the Eagles have covered in their last two matches.
With this match taking place under the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium, the opening total was set at 48.5 points.
It has since moved in to an over/under of 48 points at Sportsbet. The over is paying $1.94 and the under $1.90.
The quarterbacks are dominating the Super Bowl MVP market, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the overwhelming market leader at $1.57.
If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brady is a lock to win that prize.
For the Eagles, quarterback Nick Foles leads the market at $4.20, ahead of running back Jay Ajayi at $14 at Sportsbet.
First touchdown scorer is another popular market, particularly in Super Bowl’s.
Patriots receiver Rob Gronkowski is the market leader at $7.50 at Sportsbet, ahead of Dion Lewis at $9 and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz at $10.
When the Super Bowl kicks off on February 5, New England will be playing for their sixth Super Bowl, while the Eagles will be hoping to win their first.
In their third trip to the Super Bowl, all of the money has been with the Eagles in early betting, but that can turn around quickly as the big game approaches.
We are liking the Eagles at this stage, but are holding out for some better value, particularly at the handicap, as the big game draws nearer.
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