With Super Bowl LII quickly approaching and the New England Patriots looking to win their second consecutive title against a Philadelphia Eagles team that is clearly relishing being an underdog, I’ve got 18 facts that every NFL betting enthusiasts need to know. Make no mistake about it gridiron gaming enthusiasts, the knowledge that you’re about to get could help you cash in big on the Super Bowl LII. Now, let’s get started.
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Super Bowl LII
When: Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 6:30 PM ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
NFL Odds: New England -4.5
Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. New England Patriots (15-3)
- One of the first things you need to know is that New England has gone 13-0 ATS in their last 13 games when favored by 7 points or less.
- The OVER has gone 4-1 in the last five Super Bowls.
- Underdogs have covered the spread in 13 of the last 17 Super Bowls.
- The last time a team won but didn’t cover the spread was in 2009 when Pittsburgh beat Arizona 27-23 but didn’t cover the chalk as a 7-point favorite.
- New England has played in two of the six Super Bowls where teams won but did not cover. In 2005, the Pats beat Philadelphia, ironically, 24-21 as a 7-point favorite and in 2004, they beat Carolina 32-29, also as a 7-point fave.
- The team that has won the Super Bowl has covered the chalk outright a whopping 88.2 percent of the time. That’s 45 of 51 Super Bowls. The normal NFL average for teams that cover when they win is right around 80 percent.
- Did You Know that Super Bowl LI was the first Super Bowl to ever go to overtime? Well, it was! By the way, “Yes” pays 8-1 if you think overtime will happen again this year.
- New England has gone, a mind-boggling 28-9 ATS over the last two seasons including the playoffs which is the best two-season stretch in league history!
- The Eagles went 4-2 SU and ATS as underdogs between 1 and 7 points this season including the playoffs.
- Tom Brady has averaged 296 passing yards in his seven Super Bowls. The OVER/UNDER on his passing yards this Super Bowl is set at 294 for Super Bowl LII
- The Eagles have a +0.5 net yards per play, which is slightly better than the Patriots at +0.3 net yards per play.
- The highest win percentage (17 percent, $15.4 million) in Super Bowl history took place in 2005 – when the Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21 but failed to cover the chalk as 7-point favorites.
- The Eagles and Patriots are the No. 1 and 2 average scoring margin per game leaders in the NFL. The Eagles average +11.0 overall while the Patriots average +10.4. It’s worth noting the Eagles average drops to ‘just’ +8.8 with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback.
- Nevada sportsbooks have won money on 25 of the last 27 Super Bowls.
- Since 1984, the NFC has gone 6-2 SU and ATS when both No. 1 conference seeds meet in the Super Bowl (5-3 O/U). The team that won the game also covered the spread all eight times.
- New England has an average scoring margin of +15 points per game over its last three games while the Eagles average +10. No wonder the Super Bowl LII spread has hovered around 5 points almost since it opened.
- Super Bowl 51 was the highest wagered on Super Bowl ever! The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported $138.4 million was bet on the title tilt in the state a year ago.
- An AFC team has won each of the last three Super Bowls and four of the last five overall.