Super Bowl 52 Betting Analysis: Eagles’ Defense vs. Patriots’ Offense
The end of the online NFL betting season is in sight as Super Bowl LII is set to be held this weekend. Naturally, players are looking for the latest NFL parlay odds to make this Super Bowl 52 betting weekend as thrilling as possible. A good majority of players may not be thrilled about seeing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots competing for yet another Super Bowl. However, the action we’ve put out on this year’s NFL title game is certain to turn that frown upside down.
Super Bowl 52 Betting – Philadelphia vs. New England – Feb., 4th
When: 6:30 pm ET
Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stream: NBC Extra, NFL Game Pass
Super Bowl 52 Betting Lines:
Philadelphia Eagles +4 ½ (-115) 48 (-105) +170
New England Patriots -4 ½ (-105) 48 (-115) -200
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 30, 2018
As was to be expected, NFL sportsbooks have pegged the Patriots as the favorites. In fact, New England is facing the opportunity to win back-to-back Super Bowls – a praiseworthy accomplishment indeed. Nonetheless, the Eagles, despite contending with a backup at quarterback, represent a worthy advisory. All in all, this weekend’s title match should prove to be thrilling.
As to predicting this game; one of the most important things to look at is how well the Eagles’ defense can put a cork on Brady. Last season, we witnessed Brady lead the Pats back to a victory in the 4th quarter, thanks to the Falcons’ inability to get Brady off the field late in the game. Looking over Philadelphia’s defensive numbers, will they be able to get Brady off the field at all this Super Bowl 52 betting Sunday?
Eagles’ Defense by the Numbers
Unsurprisingly, the Eagles had a very good year defensively. In terms of points allowed per game, the Birds would finish 4th overall in the NFL. Additionally, the Eagles were 4th in total defense and ranked 17th against the pass and No. 1 against the run. How do these figures match up against the Pats?
The first thing online NFL betting players should notice is the disparity against the pass. No doubt Brady will be looking to tear apart that 17th ranked pass defense. Nonetheless, Philly had a terrific pass rush this season as they were able to sack the opposing quarterback 53 times. If they can develop this pass rush, the Eagles might be able to gain an upper hand in pass defense.
Likewise, it’s important to note that Gronkowski, Brady’s favorite target, is still listed as questionable for this Sunday’s Super Bowl 52 betting action. If Gronk is out, Philly might just stand a chance.
Another thing worth noting is how well the Eagles performed against the run this season. The Patriots wielded the NFL’s 10th best running game this year, so they know what they’re doing on the ground. If Philadelphia is able to stop the run from the opening snap, they might just open a lane for them to succeed against the Pats’ passing attack.
Specifically, if the Birds can shut down the Pats running game, they’ll effectively render New England one-dimensional. Once that has been accomplished, the Eagles’ superior pass rush should have enough of an advantage to get the jump off the snap. Subsequently, things could go very well for the Eagles defensively.
That’s a big if however, as the Pats are arguably the best-coached team in the NFL. Not only that, they seem to commit less penalties than everyone else.