Early SBLII Action on Eagles to Cover
It's early, but the action is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles to cover the point spread versus the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are 5.5-point favorites to beat the Eagles after opening as a 6-point favorite at some online sports books. As for the total, the number hit the board at 47.5 but has been bet up to 48 at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.
As of early Monday morning, 52% of the betting tickets and 59% of the money wagered online for Super Bowl LII is on the Eagles to cover the spread. The early money is also on the over, with 61% of the betting tickets and 94% of the money wagered at online sports books on the over. These betting figures are only for online sports books and could vary from Vegas books, but it gives you an idea of where the money is right now for Super Bowl LII.
Philadelphia will be in a familiar role when these two teams meet on February 4. The Eagles will once again be an underdog, which is a role they have thrived in the past two weeks. They were a 3-point home dog versus the Falcons in the Divisional Round and hung on to a 15-10 victory. On Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, they were once again a 3-point home dog and blew out the Vikings, 38-7.
Nick Foles played exceptionally well against Minnesota, completing 26-of-33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' shocking dismantling of the Vikings and their top-rated defense. He was just 2-of-15 on throws attempted 20-plus yards downfield this season but then completed four 20-plus-yard throws in Sunday's game alone, completing flipping the script on anyone fading him and the Eagles going into the game.
The underdog is 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings between these two teams and the Eagles are 11-4 at the betting window in their last 15 games overall. They're also 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games versus a team with a winning record.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are 4-1 against the number in their last five playoff games and have covered in 16 of their last 21 games versus an opponent that has a winning record. They're 36-16-2 against the number in their last 54 games overall.