Who Are the Online Betting NFL Odds Favoring in SB LI?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
With this past weekend’s online betting NFL action in the books, sportsbook fans can close the book on another Pro Bowl. Although no one expected it, this year’s Pro Bowl proved to be unique in more ways than one.
Throughout the years the Pro Bowl – the NFL’s exhibition match featuring the best players from both conferences elected by their peers, coaches, and fans – had built a reputation for being a bore. With nothing on the line, the players never gave it their all in order to avoid unnecessary injuries.
But this year the Pro Bowl selections exceeded online betting NFL fans’ expectations by playing through the whistle. From defensive MVP Lorenzo Alexander’s late-game interception turned lateral to Aqib Talib, to Kirk Cousins chasing down both players in order to put his team in the best position to win the contest, there’s no doubt this year’s Pro Bowl was unlike any other.
But with the NFL’s exhibition match officially finalized, sportsbook fans can now turn their attention to the biggest sporting event – or at least TV commercial event – of the year. This year’s title game will feature the Falcons and their high-flying offensive powerhouse versus the Patriots and their ongoing struggle to avenge Brady’s suspension.
The Patriots – who have been to 8 Super Bowls in the last 20 years – are no strangers to the spotlight. The Falcons haven’t been to a Super Bowl in 18 years and the franchise has yet to win one. Will most football betting sites side with Brady and the Super Bowl-seasoned Patriots, or will they go in favor of the youngbloods?
ONLINE BETTING NFL ODDS – SUPER BOWL LI – Sunday, February 5th
New England Patriots -3 (-110) 58½ (-110) -158
Atlanta Falcons +3 (-110) 58½ (-110) +138
Without thinking twice, the bookies have sided with the team they’ve been favoring all season long, the New England Patriots. New England has become synonymous with success and the season they turned in this year was no exception.
After going 14-2 in the regular season, (including 3-1 without a suspended Brady) the Patriots were able to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC. With home field advantage to back them up, New England was able to successfully hold off Gillette Stadium twice in a row, ultimately earning their second trip to the Super Bowl in three years, where they’ll face the hottest team in the NFL.
Behind Matt Ryan’s MVP-caliber performance, the Falcons turned in an 11-5 season that earned them the NFC’s No. 2 seed. Once in the playoffs, Atlanta devoured anybody that opposed them, sending both the Packers and the Seahawks home in humbling fashion. The Falcons have been doubted all season long but are now facing a perfect opportunity to prove even their biggest sportsbook skeptics wrong.
Tom Brady has a 4-2 record in the NFL’s title game and considering his extensive experience, competing in the Super Bowl should be a walk in the park for old No. 12. It’s no secret that the Falcons’ defense is the Achilles Heel of the team, but there’s no doubt that Atlanta’s offense has more than enough firepower to compensate. In the end, this year’s Super Bowl should prove to be one for the record books.