Super Bowl 2018 – New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday 4th February 11:30pm (UK Time)
- Winner: Patriots 11/25, Eagles 15/8
Recent Post-Season Performances
The Patriots are looking to win three Super Bowls in four years for the second time in franchise history, having previously accomplished the feat in the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons. The team they beat to secure that feat in 2004 was the Eagles, so it’s fitting that they face the same team again as they look to accomplish what no other team in NFL history has done. The Eagles on the other hand have only made it to one NFC championship since then, with five post-season appearances in total, in what has been a dry spell for a Philadelphia franchise that craves success so badly.
The Patriots came in as pre-season favourites to win the Super Bowl so it’s no surprise to see them here despite multiple injuries. They have their hands full against an Eagles team that played much of the season as the NFL front runner. For the second week in a row the Patriots face a team with a very strong defensive line, which was their downfall in their two Super Bowl losses against the Giants in 2007 and 2011.
The offensive line played exceptionally well in parts against the Jags in the Conference Championship and will need to do the same in Minneapolis to allow Brady to find gaps in the coverage and move the ball. Gronkowski left the game vs the Jags after sustaining a concussion, and whether he will recover in time will be something to keep an eye on.
The Eagles were cruising with Carson Wentz as their quarterback until he tore his ACL in Week 13, with Nick Foles taking over as starting QB. Foles looked shaky in the regular season games, but in the post-season he has been on fire, posting 598 yards and three touchdowns combined against the Falcons and Vikings defences. Both of these teams have better defences than the Patriots, so Foles shouldn’t have anything to worry about going into Super Bowl week. Running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long were both on the Patriots team that won the Super Bowl last year, so there is no doubt they will be eager to face their former team on the biggest stage of all.
Super Bowl Betting Odds
Despite being the number one seed, the Eagles have been underdogs in both of their playoff games, leading players to wear dog masks after both their wins in celebration. They are underdogs once again here at 15/8 but are in no-way outmatched. Their explosive passing game and defensive line pressure is a recipe to beat the Patriots, and should be able to cover the +6.5 handicap widely offered as the spread at 8/11. The Eagles are well known for getting the game off to a strong start whilst the Patriots have been slow so far this post-season. Look for Zach Ertz, Jay Ajayi or LeGarrette Blount to be the first touchdown scorer at 11/1, 13/1 and 16/1 respectively at.
The Patriots have relied on a series of mid-game coaching adjustments to bring them victory this post-season after starting both games very slowly, so the odds of them winning the first half at 16/25 are exceptionally poor. Heavily favoured to win the game at 11/25, you should avoid big handicaps and aim more around the -3.5 mark 7/10, although a two-touchdown win at -13.5 provides tempting odds at 5/2.
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