Early Odds Put Patriots Ahead Of The Eagles In Super Bowl LII

January 22, 2018 by Noah Gagnon

Super Bowl LIIThe New England Patriots are set to make another appearance and hope to win their sixth Super bowl when they face the Philadelphia Eagles. Oddsmakers, it seems are sharing their dreams of seeing a sixth Super Bowl win and are favouring the Patriots to do just that.

Sunday’s Championship game saw Tom Brady leading the Patriots to a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. For Brady, Sunday was his 36th playoff game, managed to shake off a right-hand injury and the loss of Rob Gronkowski to see the team head to the Super Bowl for a record tenth appearance. New England hopes to match the six trophy win record of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Minneapolis on February 4th.

Philadelphia Eagles backup QB, Nick Foles found himself in the starting position after Carson Wentz suffered a left knee injury last month. Foles, who threw 352 yards, was successful in NFC championship game and led Philadelphia to a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

With the Super Bowl being played in Minnesota, the Vikings were hoping to be the first in NFL history to not only host the Super Bowl but also play in a Super Bowl game in their own stadium. However, history will not be made in the way the team was hoping as they make room for the Patriots and Eagles.

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Sportsbetting oddsmakers are favouring the Patriots and Tom Brady to win their 6th Super Bowl ring and are showing New England as the early favourites against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have not won a Super Bowl since 1960 and faced the Patriots in 2004 in a close game that saw New England win 24-21.

Shortly after Brady took the Patriots to win against the Jaguars, Foles took the Philadelphia to its win. Yet, the game didn’t start out as Foles would have liked with the Vikings Kyle Rudolph scored a twenty-five-yard touchdown on their first drive down the field.

Thereafter, however, it was the Eagles who controlled the game. Philadelphia’s Patrick Robinson’s had a fantastic fifty-yard interception that saw the Eagles getting started on their push towards victory. Foles managed to get the ball to Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery who both scored touchdowns. Then it was LeGarrette Blount who was successful after an eleven-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles in a strong position as they entered the second half.

Said Foles,

“You know everyone was against us. Coming out here and stick together and (we) come away with an amazing victory against a great team.”

The Jaguars had the lead going into the fourth quarter but failed to hold off the Patriots. The Jaguars have the 2nd best defence in the NHL and managed to keep New England at bay but with injuries to Marcell Dareus and Myles Jack saw that defence weekend and this allowed the Patriots to score two touchdowns in the fourth and secure their spot in the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady, who has suffered an injury earlier in the week came onto the field with his hand wrapped in a bandage to protect the stitches that were needed to close the wound. Yet, the injury did not impede Brady’s performance, especially with so much on the line.

Brady commented that,

“I’ve had a lot worse, I didn’t know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win.”

This will be Brady’s 8th appearance in a Super Bowl, and for Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, it will be his fifth.

For Brady, he commented saying,

“It’s pretty amazing. Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it’s just a great accomplishment.”

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Noah is our American writer who likes to give his own spin on everything Golf & the NHL he covers mainly the US side of the game as Doug covers the Canada. In his time off he can usually be taking to the greens or on the ice playing some hockey