NFL Conference Championships Betting Preview
The wait is almost over. The field of 32 teams has shrunk to four and only two of them will advance to Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota. Amazingly, the Minnesota Vikings are still alive for the chance to be the first team ever to host a Super Bowl. Let’s take a look at the Conference Championships and the associated odds.
Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Based off the playoff seeds, it’s no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings (-160) will travel to Lincoln Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles (+140). But in reality, it’s a bit surprising that both of these teams have made it this far. The No. 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles did most of their damage in the regular season when their star quarterback Carson Wentz was healthy. Wentz tore his ACL in a Week 14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and since Nick Foles took over at quarterback, the Eagles have gone from favourites to underdogs.
The No. 2 seed Vikings are also riding into the Conference Championships with their backup quarterback; the only difference is that the change happened very early on in Minnesota’s season. Case Keenum’s heroic season reached its peak last week when Keenum found Stefon Diggs for a 61 yard walk off touchdown to defeat the New Orleans Saints in epic fashion. Now it will be Keenum vs Foles in a battle of the St. Louis Rams 2015 quarterback castoffs.
If history is any indicator of how this game will go, the Eagles have the advantage. The Eagles are 3-0 all time in playoff meetings against the Vikings. The most recent game came on Wild Card Weekend of the 2008 season, with the Eagles defeating the Vikings 26-14. The Eagles also defeated the Vikings in the 2004 Divisional Round and went on to the Super Bowl that year. Will history repeat itself? The Eagles are +700 on the Super Bowl 52 odds board.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (-8)
With so many changes in the NFL from year to year, one thing that remains consistent is New England in AFC Championship games. This is the Patriots’ seventh straight season participating in the AFC Championship.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, haven’t made the playoffs since the 2008 season. If we’re basing this game off experience, the Patriots clearly have the upper hand. However, these Jaguars are not to be taken lightly, just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers. If there’s a team that can slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots, it could be Jacksonville and their top ranked pass defense. The Patriots vs Jaguars odds have already shifted from +9 points for the Jags to +8 points.
The Patriots are 3-1 all time in head to head playoff meetings with the Jaguars, with their most recent victory coming in the 2007 season Divisional Round. The Patriots ended up going to the Super Bowl that year, losing to the New York Giants.
The Conference Finals come with many different ways to bet on NFL. You can bet on total points, margin of victory and many individual player props. There’s no shortage of NFL betting opportunities for the Conference Championships. Keep on betting all the way to Super Bowl LII.