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2018 Super Bowl Opening Odds; The Gronkowski Impact

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jan/21/2018

BetDSI Sportsbook opened Super Bowl LII odds with the New England Patriots listed as 6-point favorites versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The game total surfaced at 47.5. The moneyline (odds to win straight up) opened Patriots -240, Eagles +200.

Early action from professional bettors drove the spread down to Patriots -5, but it has been bet back up to -5.5. The total is now 48.5.

“There aren’t any players other than quarterbacks that impact the spread from an oddsmaking standpoint. However, if Rob Gronkowski is not cleared for this game due to a concussion, the betting public will react and we will adjust the odds accordingly. He is certainly a big part of the offense, but we all know they can win without him.”

This is the largest Super Bowl spread since Super Bowl XLIII when Pittsburgh was a 7-point favorite over Arizona. The last five Super Bowl underdogs of +3 or greater have covered the spread, and four out of five won the game outright.

The Patriots are the first team in NFL history to play in 10 Super Bowls.

Philadelphia is trying to become the first team since the 2013 Baltimore Ravens to win three straight NFL Playoff games as underdogs.

Nick Foles will aim to become the 10th backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Five of the previous nine backups to do so replaced an injured quarterback.

The last backup quarterback to win the Super Bowl was Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVI versus the St. Louis Rams.

Patriots vs. Eagles history (Tom Brady era)

2015 (at NE): Eagles 35, Patriots 28 (PHL +8/Over 49)

2011 (at PHL): Patriots 38, Eagles 20 (NE -3/Over 50.5)

2007 (at NE): Patriots 31, Eagles 28 (PHL +24/Over 51.5)

2005 (Super Bowl): Patriots 24, Eagles 21 (PHL +7/Under 46)

2003 (at PHL): Patriots 31, Eagles 10 (NE +4/Over 38)

Team Super Bowl Records

New England: 5-4 SU, 3-5-1 ATS, 5-4 Over/Under

Philadelphia: 0-2 SU, 1-1 ATS, 0-2 Over/Under

Super Bowl Trends

- Favored teams are 27-23-1 ATS in the Super Bowl

- Favored teams are 33-17 SU in the Super Bowl

- The Over/Under is 26-24 in the Super Bowl

- Underdogs are 11-5 ATS since Super Bowl 36

- NFC teams are 26-25 in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Numbers

- The most points ever scored by a single team in the Super Bowl is 55 (49ers, Super Bowl 24)

- The most total points ever scored in a Super Bowl is 75 (49ers/Chargers, Super Bowl 29)

- The fewest points scored by a single team in the Super Bowl is 3 (Dolphins, Super Bowl 6)

- The fewest total points scored in a Super Bowl is 23 (Jets/Colts, Super Bowl 3)

- The largest point spread in Super Bowl history is -18.5 (49ers vs. Chargers, Super Bowl 29)

- The smallest point spread in Super Bowl history is PK (Seahawks vs. Patriots, Super Bowl 49)

- The highest total in Super Bowl history is 57.5 (Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl 51)

- The lowest total in Super Bowl history is 33 (four times)

- The biggest upset in Super Bowl history was +18 (Jets, Super Bowl 3)

- The biggest cover in ATS history was by 37.5 points (Seahawks, Super Bowl 48)

- The largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history was 45 (49ers, Super Bowl 24)

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