With just a few days to play before Super Bowl 53, the betting lines are currently favoring the New England Patriots to win their sixth Super Bowl title.
Despite what they might tell you or what their fans may say, the New England Patriots will enter Sunday’s Super Bowl as the betting favorites.
Per oddshark.com, the Patriots are currently listed as three-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams which is interesting given the original betting line that opened on Sunday, January 20th. The Rams were originally listed as slim one-point favorites before oddsmakers realized the potential error in their ways.
Since then, the line has gradually grown and as of Thursday, the spread is as high as three points. This may seem obvious to some but on paper, the spread should likely be flipped.
The Rams, for all intents and purposes, were the better team throughout the regular season and host the more talented roster. With the likes of Aaron Donald and Aqib Talib on defense and young stars such as Jared Goff and Todd Gurley on offense, Los Angeles should have the advantage when it comes to overall talent.
But the Patriots factor never fails.
New England has been here before. Many times before.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have won five Super Bowl rings already and they’re dead set on winning No. 6. With a resume of incredible clutch performances, it would seem irresponsible to bet against them.
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The two teams have met four times since their famous encounter in Super Bowl 36 where the Patriots upset the 14-2 Rams 20-17. In all four of their meetings, the Patriots have defeated the Rams, three times covering the spread.
However, one betting statistic could be in favor of Los Angeles. Per oddshark.com, six of the last seven Super Bowl have been won by the betting underdogs, giving the Rams fair odds if history repeats itself.
One thing is for sure, this year’s Super Bowl is expected to be one of the highest scoring contests in NFL history. The current over/under is set around 57 total points which would tie for the highest point total out of any Super Bowl, on par with the 2010 and 2017 games.
Regardless of the outcome, many fans will likely just be rooting for a competitive game, although most of the NFL would love to see the true underdogs knock off the big, bad Patriots dynasty once and for all.
We can only hope.