Super Bowl 52: New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl 52: New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

It’s been another exciting year of football, with many ups and downs, and that’s true for both the Patriots and Eagles. The Patriots lost two of their first four games to start the season. They quickly remedied the situation, losing only one more game all season and entering the Super Bowl with a regular season and playoff record of 15-3.

The Eagles also enter the Super Bowl with a 15-3 record and have been consistently strong all season. Despite the loss of star quarterback Carson Wentz in Week 14, the Eagles kept grinding, making the playoffs with backup Nick Foles. The first few games were a struggle for Foles, but he has been exceptional in their two playoff wins.

The NFL playoff odds have shifted a little bit in recent weeks, but as we look at the Super Bowl 52 odds, the Patriots are the favourites and have been since the start of the season.  Let’s take a closer look at the Patriots vs Eagles odds.

The Patriots enter this game as -175 favourites, which isn’t that far off from what their odds were preseason. Before Week 1, +325 futures odds separated them from the 30 other teams in the league. Now it’s clear that the oddsmakers’ faith in the Pats was well founded.

The Eagles never got that same kind of love from oddsmakers and analysts. Despite being 3-1 after Week 4, the Eagles were still considered +2200 longshots to win the Super Bowl. With only one game to go and hindsight being 20/20, we all wish we had placed bets on the Eagles back then.

Today, the Eagles are +155 underdogs against the Patriots. The Patriots are the favourites, but the Eagles have the higher ranked defense, both regular season and playoffs. The Eagles’ offense is outscoring the Patriots’ offense in these playoffs too. But of course, the Eagles lack the experience that the Pats have in winning Super Bowls.

 

Eagles vs Patriots, a brief history

The Eagles and Patriots have met 13 times in their history, with the Eagles holding a 7-6 record in those games, including their most recent meeting a 35-28 win in New England back in 2015. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Patriots have the head to head victory that matters the most. In 2005 the Eagles and Patriots faced off in Super Bowl 39 and the Patriots won 24-21 in what was Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s third Super Bowl victory together. The Eagles haven’t returned to the Super Bowl since then and enter the game as 4.5-point underdogs, which is better than in 2005 when they were 7-point underdogs. Tom Brady is the only player on either team who played in that game. Can he lead the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl win? Game time’s Sunday at 6:30 PM ET.

 

Odds as of February 2, 2018