Super Bowl Betting

Super Bowl LII Recap – and Early Super Bowl LIII Odds

The football world is still trying to process what happened last Sunday at Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, in one of the craziest and most entertaining Super Bowls ever. The Patriots failed to cash in as 4.5-point favorites on the NFL odds board, falling to 3-5 ATS on the world’s biggest stage. They almost won their sixth Super Bowl ring after erasing yet another double-digit deficit in the second half, but Philadelphia took the lead back and kept it with some strong defensive play in the dying minutes.

Except for the very high score (Over 49), this result wasn’t entirely unexpected. The Eagles were +4500 outsiders on the Super Bowl LII futures market during the preseason, but they were very much in the conversation as a dark horse pick. Even with Nick Foles replacing the injured Carson Wentz at quarterback, and Philadelphia priced at +1400 going into the Divisional Round, this was a tempting value pick with a strong defense and a powerful running game. Those elements were on full display last Sunday, but it was Foles who walked away – deservedly – with Super Bowl MVP honors for his performance.


The Start of a New Dynasty?

It looks like the Philly bandwagon is already filling up for 2018. The Patriots opened as +500 favorites on the Super Bowl betting odds board, ahead of the Eagles and the Green Bay Packers at +900. However, early action on Philadelphia has caused them to advance to +800. 

It’s easy to support a quality team like the Eagles that can succeed with both Wentz and Foles at quarterback. The Patriots, on the other hand, traded blue-chip quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers last fall, leaving them without an immediate succession plan for 40-year-old Tom Brady. They used former Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm Butler only on special teams at the Super Bowl in a decision that still has people scratching their heads. Tight end Rob Gronkowski may or may not be back next year. And head coach Bill Belichick will once again see several members of his coaching staff take higher-paying jobs elsewhere – although offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has returned to his side, after initially agreeing to the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.

Packers Need Some Back-Up for Rodgers

While the Eagles are soaring up the 2019 Super Bowl odds list, the Packers have taken a step back to +1200. Green Bay has many of the same problems as New England, including their dubious defense and the palace intrigue surrounding their coaching staff. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also coming back from a broken collarbone that cost him half the season; the Packers went 3-6 in Brett Hundley’s nine starts and missed the playoffs. They’ll need a better backup option to protect themselves in case Rodgers gets hurt again.

The Vikings have plenty of options. They were down to third-string quarterback Case Keenum by Week 3, and much like his former St. Louis Rams teammate Foles, Keenum played at a Pro Bowl level for his new employers. Minnesota will have the luxury of choosing among Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford this offseason, leaving them in very good shape at +1200 on the Super Bowl 53 lines.

Big Ben Brings Stability to Pittsburgh

Coming in right after Minnesota at +1400 are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have yet to post a losing season since quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s arrival in 2004. The Steelers encountered some turbulence this year, both with injuries and player-coach relations, but Roethlisberger once again stood tall, and he’ll be pleased to see his former quarterback coach Randy Fichtner take over for Todd Haley as offensive coordinator. Backup quarterback Landry Jones has also established himself as a reliable stop-gap measure anytime “Big Ben” has had to miss a start, which is rare.

Aside from the Eagles, Garoppolo and the 49ers are the biggest movers and shakers on the Super Bowl LIII betting odds. San Francisco opened at +2000 before taking a step forward to +1800; the Niners went 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS to close out the 2017 campaign after Garoppolo took over as starting quarterback. The betting public is familiar with Garoppolo’s work backing up Brady in New England – but have they jumped the gun on San Fran? We’ll start finding out in September when the 2018 NFL regular season kicks off.

*Odds as of February 8, 2018


Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 52

When is Super Bowl Sunday?

The 2018 Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Super Bowl LII is the 52nd edition of the annual event and is always held on a Sunday coining the term “Super Bowl Sunday”. Super Bowl Sunday traditionally involves groups of people coming together in a party-style fashion to watch the game. 

What Time Does the Super Bowl Start?

Super Bowl 52 kickoff is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM ET (3:30 PM PT) on February 4, 2018. Pregame coverage for the Super Bowl can be watched prior to kickoff. 

Where is Super Bowl 52 being played?

Super Bowl 52 is being played at U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, Super Bowl 51 was played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. 

Who is doing the halftime show for the Super Bowl?

Justin Timberlake will perform the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Last year’s Super Bowl 51 halftime show was performed by Lady Gaga. 

What Channel Does the Super Bowl Come On?

On February 4, 2018, Super Bowl 52 will be covered by NBC, their 18th Super Bowl coverage since Super Bowl III.