NFL Super Bowl Odds
By Phil Simon
When Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury in Week 14, the Philadelphia Eagles saw their odds of winning the Super Bowl skyrocket. There was no way the team could survive without their quarterback who was putting up MVP-type numbers. But the Eagles are more than just a quarterback and any smart bettor would have noticed that, making Philly a good play when the odds were high.
Now they are one win away from cashing those tickets, but they have to get past the season-long favorite. The New England Patriots were favored to win another Super Bowl at the beginning of the season and the prognosticators sure know their stuff. Here they are, competing in their record 10th Super Bowl with a chance to match the Pittsburgh Steelers record of six victories. All of the previous five wins and seven appearances came with Tom Brady as the starting quarterback, and like the GOAT said last week: “It never gets old.”
The Pats definitely have an edge at the most important position with Brady running the show. And he’s been magical in big games. We all remember last year’s Super Bowl when Brady led the Pats to a come-from-behind overtime victory over the Falcons, throwing for 466 yards. New England trailed 28-3 in that game and needed two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to tie the game. Brady delivered another gem in the AFC Championship Game, leading another comeback victory by tossing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to overcome a 10-point deficit to the Jaguars.
Doug Pederson and Frank Reich used the first-round playoff bye to tailor the Eagles offense around the skill set of Nick Foles, and whatever they did worked. Foles has thrown for 598 yards completing 77.8 percent of his passes in the postseason. He dissected the league’s best defense in the NFC Championship Game hitting 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Minnesota. And Philly’s defense has been stingy, allowing a total of 17 points to the Falcons and Vikings while giving up an average of just 8.3 points per game over their last four outings.
New England Patriots -175
Philadelphia Eagles +700