The New England Patriots had the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history back in February to give QB Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick their fifth Super Bowl titles each. That’s a record for a quarterback and coach. Scarily enough, the Pats might be better this year and they are +300 heavy favorites on NFL odds to repeat the first Sunday of February 2018 in Minneapolis. Here are the five-favored Super Bowl LII matchups – and all involve the Pats.
5 Most Likely Super Bowl LII Matchups
New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys (+1500)The Pats already were having a great offseason, but it just got better. On Wednesday, the team added former Jets linebacker David Harris on a two-year, $6.75 million deal that’s under market value. The Jets released Harris on June 6 after being unable to agree on a pay cut with the linebacker, who played 10 seasons for the team.The Patriots have now answered one of their few roster-related questions entering training camp: Who plays the most snaps alongside Dont’a Hightower? A second-round pick in 2007, Harris ranks No. 2 in tackles in Jets team history. He called the signals for Jets coach Todd Bowles’ defense and played 87 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016.
How About Them Cowboys?The Cowboys had the NFC’s best record last year at 13-3 behind star rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott but lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to Green Bay. The offense should again be terrific.But the Cowboys this offseason lost seven starters or key contributors to their defense in Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Terrell McClain, Morris Claiborne, J.J. Wilcox and Jack Crawford to free agency and did not make any major free-agent additions. The Pats and Cowboys don’t play in the 2017 regular season.
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons (+1600)Repeat performance anyone? Of course these two teams played in last season’s Super Bowl, with the Falcons blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead and losing 34-28 in the first OT in the game’s history.Working against Atlanta getting back is that no Super Bowl loser has returned the next year since the 1993 Bills. Coach Dan Quinn’s motto for this year’s team is: “Embrace the Suck.”
Are the Falcons a Safe Bet to Win Super Bowl LII?Honestly, it’s a tough one to call. As we remember, the Falcons were a few minutes away from their first Super Bowl title despite one of the league’s worst defenses. Quinn, who was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator before coming to Atlanta, aimed to fix that and the team’s 2017 draft was a reflection of those plans.The team took defensive players with their first three picks. The Pats and Falcons do play this regular season in Foxboro.
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (+1600)These two played one of the great Super Bowls ever three seasons ago. Of course, the Seahawks opted not to give the ball to bulldozing running back Marshawn Lynch on second-and-goal at the New England 2 in the final minutes.Instead, the Hawks called a pass play that was intercepted to clinch the Patriots’ title. Frankly, Seattle still isn’t over that loss and hasn’t come close to returning to the Super Bowl. But Seattle has a good shot at the NFC’s No. 1 seed this year playing in the very easy NFC West.
New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers (+1900)This might be the best matchup on paper just in terms of quarterbacks with Brady and Aaron Rodgers, both two-time MVPs and future Hall of Famers. They have faced one another in the NFL just once as starters.That was in 2014, a 26-21 Green Bay win in Week 13. Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers connected with Richard Rodgers and Jordy Nelson for long touchdowns in the first half. Brady finished 22-of- 35 for 245 yards and two touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell.As of now, the Packers are 6-5 all-time vs. the Pats. The franchises met in Super Bowl XXXI, a 35-21 Green Bay win when Brett Favre was the QB. These two don’t play this regular season.
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (+2500)Brady and Belichick would each have seven Super Bowl rings if not for huge upsets by Eli Manning’s Giants in SB XLVI and XLII – the latter when the Patriots were unbeaten. The Giants were a playoff team last year thanks largely to their defense but should be better offensively.In 2016, only six teams (all without a proven franchise quarterback) scored fewer than their 19.4 points per game. So the Giants went into this offseason looking for fixes on offense while trying to keep their defense together.
Are the Giants a Possible Threat to the Patriots?They significantly upgraded their weapons by adding wide receiver Brandon Marshall in free agency and tight end Evan Engram in the draft. No regular-season meeting between these teams in 2017.
Latest Super Bowl LII Betting Trends
To win Super Bowl LII
- New England Patriots: +400
- Dallas Cowboys: +750
- Atlanta Falcons: +1100
- Seattle Seahawks: +750
- Green Bay Packers: +800
- New York Giants: +2000
Prop BetsHow Many Game Will Tom Brady in 2017-18 Regular Season?
- 16 Games: -200
- 15 Games: +200
- 14 Games: +400
- 13 Games: +600
- 12 Games: +800
- 36 Or More Td Passes: +250
- 34-35 Td Passes: +150
- 30-33 Td Passes: EV
- 29-32 Td Passes: +200
- 25-28 Td Passes: +400
- 24 Or Less Td Passes: +800
- 10 Or More Interceptions: +400
- 7-9 Interceptions: EV
- 6-4 Interceptions: +200
- 0-5 Interceptions: +500
- 5200 Or More Passing Yards: +600
- 4900-5199 Passing Yards: +400
- 4700-4899 Passing Yards: +300
- 4500-4699 Passing Yards: +200
- 4300-4499 Passing Yards: +300
- 4100-4299 Passing Yards: +400
- 3900-4099 Passing Yards: +600
- 3899 Or Lower Passing Yards: +900