18 Fast Facts for the 2018 Super Bowl 52 Showdown

18 Fast Facts for Super Bowl LII Showdown

Written by on January 29, 2018

Facts! Just the facts! With Super Bowl LII less than a week away, these 18 fast facts for the 2018 showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots could help you cash in early and often, so let’s get started!

18 Fast Facts for the 2018 Super Bowl LII Showdown

  • When: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 6:30 PM ET
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 94.1 FM (Philadelphia) / 98.5 FM (New England)
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • Super Bowl 52 Betting Odds: New England Patriots -5 (Over/Under at 48 points)

1. DYK Moment

Did You Know that Super Bowl 51 was the first title tilt to ever go to overtime? Well, it was! By the way, “Yes” pays 8-1 if you think overtime will happen again this year.

2. Highest wagered Super Bowl

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported $138.4 million was bet on the title tilt in the state a year ago (Super Bowl LI).

3. Highest Win Percentage

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.

4. Sportsbook

While betting on the Super Bowl may seem like a good idea and I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from doing so. Just know that sportsbooks are in business to make money – and they generally do when it comes to the annual NFL title tilt! Nevada sportsbooks have won money on 25 of the last 27 Super Bowls.

5. Not Covering

New England has played in two of the six Super Bowls where teams won but did not cover. In 2005, the Pats beat Philly 24-21 as a 7-point favorite and in 2004, they beat Carolina 32-29, also as a 7-point favorite.

6. About the Chalk

You should probably know that 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.

7. The Last Time…

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.

8. The Patriots ATS

New England has gone an incendiary 28-9 ATS over the last two seasons including the playoffs. No team has ever covered the spread as much in a two-season stretch!

9. Number One Duels

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.

10. Favored by 7 Points

This doesn’t look good for Philly, but New England is an insane 13-0 ATS in their last 13 games when favored by 7 points or less.

11. Net Yards

The Eagles have a +0.5 net yards per play, which is slightly better than the Patriots at +0.3 net yards per play.

12. Over/Under

The OVER has gone 4-1 in the last five Super Bowls. The Over/Under for Super Bowl LII is set at 48 points.  

13. Average Scoring Margin

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.

14. Being the Dog

Underdogs have covered the spread in 13 of the last 17 Super Bowls.

15. TB12

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.

16. Scoring Margin

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.

17. Eagles as the Underdog

The Eagles went 4-2 SU and ATS as underdogs between 1 and 7 points this season including the playoffs.

18. AFC Supremacy

An AFC team has won each of the last three Super Bowls and four of the last five overall.