Super Bowl Betting Tips & Predictions
January 31, 2018
The Patriots have been favourites to win the Super Bowl since pre-season and their record over the regular season has done nothing more than tighten their grip on the Super Bowl betting market. A 13-3 regular season, saw them top the AFC East Division with ease, as they finished as the second highest scoring side in the NFL.
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Post season, the Patriots beat the Titans 35-14, in a routine playoff win, before the great escape against the Jaguars for the AFC title, in which Tom Brady pulled off two Touchdown passes in the final six minutes to break the Jacksonville Jaguars hearts and reach a fourth Super Bowl in seven seasons.
The Eagles also had an incredible 13-3 record over the course of the regular season, with the third highest scoring total in the NFL, thanks to Quarterback, Carson Wentz who was in imperious form before injury.
The Eagles defence has also been on point throughout the season and was one of five sides who conceded less than 300 points in the regular season.
The injury to Carson Wentz in December, could have ended the Eagles chances, but Nick Foles has come into the side and done a great job, albeit after a slow start.
The Eagles eliminated the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 in the playoff game, where Foles was arguably dug out of trouble by the superb Eagles defence. However Foles finally stepped up in the superb 38-7 NFC Championship win over the Vikings, throwing three Touchdowns and over 350 yards in a dominant display from both offence and defence, and they now bid for their first ever Super Bowl win.
Overall the NE Patriots are expected to take the win and join the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, but what can the Eagles do to stop what for many is seen as an inevitable third win in seven years for the Pats?
‘Opponents Yardage Gained’ could be the achilles heel for the Patriots, if the Eagles can get enough of the ball to begin with. Despite their supreme offensive strength and a sub 300 point defence in the regular season, the Patriots ranked a lowly 28th of the 32 NFL franchises for conceded yardage, compared to the Eagles fourth place ranking.
With this in mind, if the Eagles can bring their top Rushing game, not only will they make plenty of gains in yardage, but they will also tie up the clock and keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands. The last thing the Eagles will want is a passing battle between Foles and Brady, as only Brady will prevail.
Despite this minor chance of finding a gap in the armour of the Patriots, the Eagles will have their work cut out for the entire game and as we witnessed in the Pats v Jags game, New England can turn a game around in mere seconds and it’s that ability that makes the Patriots likely to win and with some leeway too.