Super Bowl 52 Bets, Predictions and Betting Tips For 2018!
Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips Super Bowl 52. We can hardly wait for the season finale… so let’s get to our Super Bowl 52 predictions.
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Super Bowl 52 Bets
Philadelphia Eagles +4.5 Point Spread at 10/11 with Betway
Nick Foles and the balanced Eagles attack should be able to keep up with a Brady offense that could get stalled for a while because of the Eagles defensive line. This game should be decided by a field goal, and we’re confident in kicker Jake Elliot to capitalise on his opportunities and help keep the game close.
Over 48 Total Points at 10/11 with Betway
Both sides should be able to capitalise on their opponents’ defensive weaknesses. The Patriots are going to move the ball no matter who they are playing, even if the Eagles limit their explosiveness. On the other hand, the Eagles offense should be fine against a Patriots defense that doesn’t have as much talent as it used to.
Alshon Jeffery Anytime Touchdown Scorer at 23/10 with Betfair
We are backing Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, as he will be a main focus in Doug Petersen’s offense this Sunday. Jeffrey had a lot of success last week against Xavier Rhodes and the feisty Vikings defense, and he should be able to use his size and physicality in the redzone to score.
12/1 #OddsOnThat for the Super Bowl
The most bittersweet day in every NFL season has arrived. The 52nd Super Bowl will take place in Minnesota this Sunday when the Eagles represent the NFC in their effort to take down the reigning champion Patriots. Of course it is the biggest game of the year, but NFL fans around the world feel the sorrow of the season coming to an end. Thankfully, it looks like the season will end on a high note with this Super Bowl match up.
Let’s start with the Eagles, who have proved doubters wrong week after week to get to the big stage. After Carson Wentz’s season-ending ACL injury, many Eagles fans were digging their own graves, but Nick Foles had other plans. The backup has now taken Philly farther than most thought, relying on his running game and front seven to carry most of the burden.
Philadelphia’s strengths reside in their physical running game and their stout defensive front seven that is easily one of the best in football. As evidenced in their wins over Atlanta and Minnesota, the Philly offense can still be quite dangerous with Foles under center. Foles threw 352 yards and 3 TDs last week against one of the best defenses in football. He is beginning to look a lot like himself from the 2013 season, in which he threw for close to 3000 yards and boasted a 27-2 TD-INT ratio.
The Eagles will look to ease Foles into the biggest game of his life on Sunday, which is where the trio of Ajayi, Blount, and Clement come into play. The Eagles backfield has a ton of power, but also has the x-factor of RB Corey Clement, who doesn’t get many touches but is explosive and shifty around the edge. The next part of the game plan will include getting the ball out of Foles’ hands as soon as possible. The Eagles offensive line played phenomenal last week against Everson Griffen and the Vikings defensive line, and they deserve a ton of credit. But the Eagles coaching staff should split that praise as the protected the O-Line with quick passes and slant routes. Look for Philly to have a similar gameplan this week as they face Matt Patricia’s physical front.
The Patriots won’t have to worry about easing QB Tom Brady into his 8th Super Bowl. The 40 year old Brady has somehow done it again, and his case for the greatest quarterback of all time keeps getting stronger. With injuries to his star WR Julian Edelman, multiple RBs, and practically half of their defensive starters, Brady has been as consistent as ever and is looking at another MVP trophy coming his way. But enough for Brady, for now, because New England has a ton of offensive talent that can give the Eagles’ secondary struggles. The RB trio of Dion Lewis, James White, and Rex Burkhead offer a good change of pace to each other and also are versatile out of the backfield. Lewis has become a favorite target of Brady’s, and the Eagles’s linebackers are going to have to mark Lewis and try to contain his speed. Brandin Cooks will be on the fastest players on the field, and has the potential to take the cap off of an inconsistent Eagles’ secondary. Obviously, the most dangerous weapon in Brady’s arsenal is TE Rob Gronkowski, who left the AFC Championship game with a concussion. Gronk is officially listed as questionable, but it’ll be hard to see him sitting out of this one.
Where the Patriots have the slight edge offensively, the Eagles make up for on the other side of the ball. Their front seven is physically astounding and is considered one of the best in football. Led by Chris Long and Fletcher Cox, it will be their priority to stuff the Pats’ run game and to get pressure on Brady. The formula to beat Brady has somewhat been figured out, but Bill Belechick rarely lets other teams implement their gameplan. The Eagles’ plan for Brady will be to disguise looks between man and zone, and to get pressure on him constantly. Obviously sacks are great, but knockdowns began to add up throughout a game. The more time Brady has in the pocket, the higher the chance the Patriots life the Lombardi trophy.
Another important question is will the Patriots be able to hold their own against an extremely balanced attack in Philly. The Eagles have their own version of Gronk in TE Zach Ertz, and he has been one of the top at his position in the past few years. WR Alshon Jeffrey will likely be guarded by CB Stephon Gilmore or Malcolm Butler. Both are solid DBs, but could have trouble with Jeffrey’s size. At 6’3”, Jeffrey is three inches taller than Gilmore and four inches taller than Butler. The Eagles will surely try to exploit this size advantage like they did last week with Jeffrey’s 2 TDs. Overall, the Pats defense has been inconsistent all year and the Eagles should have a good opportunity to take advantage of their weaknesses.
This game should be a great contest between two sides that are playing their best football at the moment. The Eagles balanced attack should be able to move the ball on the Patriots’ defense, and if their front four wins the battle in the trenches then Brady and company could be seeing the ground a lot. On the flip, Brady has so many weapons to work with and is playing at an MVP level, so it is tough to think the Eagles will be able to shut him down completely.