Super Bowl 53 Teams
The 2018 NFL season saw a huge spike in scoring and saw the New Orleans Saints, LA Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and LA Chargers enjoy solid seasons. However, when all was said and done, it was the New England Patriots who battled their way to their third straight Super Bowl.
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They opened as very slight favorites against the powerful Los Angeles Rams, who won in an OT upset at New Orleans. So more on the Super Bowl 53 teams, which represent a rematch of Super Bowl 36, Tom Brady’s rookie season and first Super Bowl win:
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Los Angeles Rams
When the Rams last played in the Super Bowl (also against these Patriots), it was 17 years ago and the franchise was in St. Louis. The Greatest Game on Turf led by Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk were huge favorites against the Patriots.
This time, the Rams will be slight underdogs, if Betonline.ag’s opening lines hold up during the next two weeks. LA advanced with an NFC title game win at New Orleans, tying the game on a 57-yard field goal in the final seconds and then winning in OT.
Watch the injury reports during the week, as stud running back Todd Gurley didn’t play much in the NFC title game and the team leaned on C.J. Anderson.
New England Patriots
Its getting a little boring for Patriots fans, this whole going to the Super Bowl thing. New England needed a late rally in Kansas City and then marched down the field after winning the OT coin toss to win 37-31.
It was a crushing blow to all of us UNDER bettors, who saw our UNDER 56 destroyed with 60 points after halftime. 2018 was another masterful coaching job by Bill Belichick as the team battled distractions and injuries and stretches of poor play.
Expect the Super Bowl 53 lines to skew towards the Patriots, as sharp bettors lean to the veteran experience of the Pats. Down the stretch in the AFC title game, it was Brady to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman making all the big plays – sound familiar?
Expect Brady to sit atop the Super Bowl MVP odds listing, with Goff right behind.
Super Bowl 52 Teams
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are no strangers to the spotlight, and the 2017 edition of the storied franchise set their sights on Minneapolis with a sixth Super Bowl title within reach. This is the seventh time the Pats have made the big game in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, and the club will go head-to-head with the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl 39 rematch where books opened the Pats as 6-point favorites with a total of 47.5.
The biggest storyline in the game is the matchup under center, as the Eagles will be without star quarterback Carson Wentz. Nick Foles will be looking to channel his inner Eli Manning and knock off Brady and company, but it won’t be easy. In Brady’s last 10 playoff games, he’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and is 9-1 SU. The Michigan product threw for four touchdowns and 328 passing yards against the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 and torched Atlanta in the form of two touchdowns and 466 yards in last year’s epic comeback triumph.
Betting-wise, expect the favored Patriots to receive plenty of action at sportsbooks. New England is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games and has covered the spread in its last 13 when favored by 7 points or less. Another trend that will appeal to Pats bettors is Belichick’s penchant for getting the job done with extended time. Since taking over as New England’s head coach in 2000, the Patriots are 28-8 SU when given an extra week to prepare for an opponent.
Plenty of people won’t be happy to see the Patriots in another Super Bowl, but there’s no denying their dominance over the years. If the boys from Foxborough get the job done in Minnesota, a second dynasty is in the cards.
Few teams in Super Bowl history have embraced the underdog role quite like this iteration of the Philadelphia Eagles. Ever since the team lost MVP front-runner Carson Wentz due to injury late in the season, the Eagles have been tabbed as pups three times in five games – matching their season total through the previous 13 outings. Of course, the Eagles have proven the doubters wrong by winning both of their playoff games despite being the first No. 1 seed to ever be spotted points.
History suggests little reason to doubt the Eagles entering the Super Bowl with underdogs going a stellar 13-4 ATS in the past 17 Super Bowls.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles has proven to be a steady replacement for Wentz, as the sixth-year man has thrown for seven touchdowns to two interceptions since being thrust into the lineup. Foles is tops in completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating during the postseason while doing a great job at evenly distributing the ball among his receiving group. He does have the luxury of throwing to Zach Ertz, who was – by far – the top tight end in the NFC this season. When Ertz has been heavily involved in the game plan, the Eagles have flourished, as the team is 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS when the tight end has five or more receptions this season.
Defensively, the Eagles have one of the best units in football. Philly ranked in the top five in the NFL in yards allowed, points allowed, interceptions and passes defended. In addition, the defensive line – featuring the dominant Fletcher Cox – allowed the least amount of time in the pocket to opposing quarterbacks. This pressure has not always resulted in sacks – the Eagles have just four during the postseason – but constantly keeps opposing offenses scrambling.