It has been an exciting NFL season packed full of surprises and it will all come to a head when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles meet in Super Bowl 52.
Many NFL experts were quick to write off the Eagles when Carson Wentz went down with injury and Nick Foles has led them to two big wins during the NFL Playoffs.
Standing in the way of Philadelphia’s first ever Super Bowl win is a New England Patriots outfit that has lost just three games all season long and has the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl since 2002.
Can the Eagles deliver their fans a maiden Super Bowl or will the Patriots dynasty claim yet another title? We have analysed both sides and our complete Super Bowl 52 tips can be found below.
Super Bowl 52 Head To Head Betting
The New England Patriots have become one of the most dominant franchises in the history of professional sport and they are deserving favourites to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
There is no doubt that the Jacksonville Jaguars gave the Patriots a scare in the AFC Conference Championship, but was there ever any real doubt that the Patriots would finish over the top of their rivals?
New England have so much big-game experience and there is arguably no quarterback in the history of the NFL that is better down the stretch than Patriots – as we saw in the Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons 12 months ago.
The Patriots have won 16 of their past 19 games as favourites for a big profit and they are an even more impressive 13-6 against the line in this scenario.
They are 5-2 in the Super Bowl since 2002 and in that time they are 15-0 in the NFL Playoffs against sides that they did not play in the regular season.
It is always tough to bet against the Patriots and Super Bowl 52 will be no exception.
The Eagles have been the best team in the NFC all season long and the fact that they have performed so strongly following the season-ending injury suffered by Carson Wentz is a testament to the overall strength of the organisation.
Nick Foles has filled the shoes of Wentz ably and he was excellent in the NFC Conference Championship against the Minnesota Vikings, but he can’t win in a shootout with Tom Brady and an upset Eagles win will come on the back of a huge defensive effort.
The Eagles have won four of their six games as underdogs this season for a profit and they did beat New England when they last met in 2015.
Philadelphia are a side with a Super Bowl window that will be open for some time and I expect them to win one in the Wentz-era, but a Super Bowl win without their starting quarterback over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will likely prove a bridge too far.
Back New England To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)
Super Bowl 52 Over/Under Betting
The Total Points line for Super Bowl 52 has been set at 48 points and that seems just around right for two high-powered defences.
Backing the Under in games involving the New England Patriots over the past 12 months has been a slightly profitable play, while the Over/Under are split 9-9 in Philadelphia Eagles’ games this season.
The line of 48 points looks incredibly close to the mark and I am happy to stay out of this market from a betting perspective.
Super Bowl 52 First Touchdown Scorer Betting
Rob Gronkowski ($8) is a narrow favourite in First Touchdown Scorer betting markets from Dion Lewis ($9), Brandin Cooks ($10), Zach Ertz ($11), Jay Ajayi ($12) and Alshon Jeffrey ($13).
Danny Amendola has come up big for the New England Patriots during the NFL Playoffs – he scored two crucial touchdowns in their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Conference Championships – and he has become a favourite target for Tom Brady.
Amendola is very dynamic when fit and he does appeal at the current price of $15.
LeGarrette Blount has only had 15 carries during the NFL Playoffs, but he has scored two touchdowns and the Eagles will use him for any short-yardage work near the end-zone.
The Patriots know just how dangerous a runner that Blount can be and he also appeals at the current price of $15.
Back Danny Amendola @ $15 & LeGarrette Blount @ $15 To Score The First Touchdown
Super Bowl 52 MVP Betting
It should come as no surprise that Tom Brady is a dominant $1.60 favourite in Super Bowl 52 MVP betting markets.
Brady has won the Super Bowl MVP on four occasions – the most by any player – and if the Patriots are to claim another Super Bowl title it would be very surprising if Brady did not win this award.
Linebackers have won two of the past four Super Bowl MVP awards and if a linebacker does claim the award again in 2018 it could be Mychal Kendricks – who has developed into one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
This is obviously an outside shot and offensive players generally do take the award, but at $301 Kendricks is worth a gamble.
Back Tom Brady @ $1.60 & Mychal Kendricks @ $301 To Win Super Bowl MVP
Super Bowl 51
The Super Bowl is always one of the highlights of the sporting year and the 51st edition of the event between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is set to be an extremely exciting affair.
The New England Patriots have been the dominant team in the AFC all season long and they will go go into Super Bowl 51 as clear favourite, but they will face a tough test against an extremely talented Atlanta Falcons side.
Will New England win yet another Super Bowl or can Atlanta finally deliver Super Bowl success? We have analysed a wide range of betting markets to come up with the best betting plays for one of the biggest days in sport.
Head To Head Betting
The New England Patriots have lost only two games this season and their roster includes a stack of players that have plenty of Super Bowl experience.
New England are yet to be really tested during the NFL Playoffs to date and they have played within themselves to date, but it is fair to say that they have probably not played a team with the offensive firepower possessed by the Atlanta Falcons this season.
Winning as favourites has not been an issue for the Patriots this season and they have won 15 of their past 17 games in this scenario, while even more impressively they are 14-3 against the line when giving away a start.
During the Belichick era, the Patriots are 2-2 in Super Bowls in which they have started favourites – with most losses coming against the New York Giants – and 2-0 in Super Bowls that they have started as favourites.
Atlanta have been easily the most impressive team during the NFL Playoffs and they stamped themselves as the best team in the NFC with dominant victories over the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.
It was their performance against the Packers that was particularly outstanding – their attack was unstoppable and their defence was able to shutdown a firing Aaron Rodgers.
The Falcons have won four of their six games as underdogs this season for a clear profit and they are 5-1 against the line in this situation.
It should be noted that no favourite has won the Super Bowl since the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011 and underdogs have won six of the past seven editions of the event.
It is very tough to beat against the New England Patriots as they have been nothing short of outstanding this season, but the value in the Super Bowl odds does lie with the Atlanta Falcons and they can cause yet another Super Bowl upset.
Back Atlanta To Win @ $2.25
Super Bowls are notoriously low-scoring affairs, but the Over has actually saluted at three of the past five Super Bowls.
The 58.5 points that has been set as the Over/Under line for this clash is the largest in the history of the Super Bowl and they is actually not that much of a surprise considering the two teams that will be in action.
Atlanta have been an Overs team all season long and the Over has saluted in 15 of their past 18 games, while the Under is actually 10-8 in games involving the New England Patriots.
The market looks to have got the line for this clash just about right.
Super Bowl 51 MVP Betting
It should come no surprise that quarterbacks dominate the Super Bowl 51 MVP betting market.
Tom Brady ($1.83) and Matt Ryan ($2.75) have a mortgage on the award according to the market from Julio Jones ($17), Julian Edelman ($21), LeGarrette Blount ($26) and Devonta Freeman ($26).
Jones is the clear standout in betting value for the Falcons.
He was absolutely enormous against the Green Bay Packers and he will surely need to have a similar game against the Patriots if the Falcons are going to come away with the victory.
When it comes to the New England Patriots it really is tough to go against Tom Brady.
There is no doubt that the Falcons defence has improved as they get further into the season, but the best quarterbacks in the NFL have still been able to put up big numbers and Brady is the obvious key-man for the Patriots.
Back Julio Jones @ $21 & Tom Brady @ $1.83 To Be Named MVP
First Score Of The Game
First score of the game is always an interesting betting market and some punters had an absolute fill-up when the Denver Broncos conceded a safety for the opening score of Super Bowl 49.
The New England Patriots have not been the quickest starters in recent weeks, while the Falcons have jumped out of the blocks very quickly.
Atlanta can take the early lead and $3.25 for them to start with a touchdown is a great bet.
Back Atlanta Falcons Touchdown As First Score Of The Game @ $3.25