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NFL Odds: Super Bowl 53 Betting Favourites

The 2018 NFL season has begun with a bang. We’ve somehow already had two ties, and thanks to a favourable offseason rule change that protects the QB position, quarterbacks are performing at astronomical levels. Eleven QBs have cracked the 100 passer rating mark after two weeks of play (Russell Wilson is second all time with a mark of 98.5). And, of course, like everyone expected during the preseason, the Bucs’ Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes are topping the passer rating list. While fans may overreact to some small sample size stats, handicappers aren’t so quick to change their minds or the Super Bowl odds.

NFL Betting Breakdown

When it comes to Super Bowl LIII odds, the final four teams standing during last season’s playoffs are expected to compete for the hardware once again this time around, with all four making the top five favourites list. The Rams, playing the best football out of any team so far this season, have also wiggled their way into title contention as they lead the league in point differential at a jaw-dropping +54 (next highest is Baltimore at +33). Which team will take home the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2019? Here are the NFL betting favourites for the title.

 

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New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams - +650 NFL Odds

This isn’t the start the Pats were hoping for, but they have plenty of time to turn things around. The head coach/quarterback duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady is probably the best of all time, so they’ll likely figure out a plan to get back on track.

The Pats won a close game in Week 1 against Houston, but were humiliated in Jacksonville in Week 2, with Brady getting completely outplayed by his Jags’ counterpart in Blake Bortles. New England is averaging only 5.2 yards per play, which ranks 20th in the league and their defense has been quite porous to boot. If Belichick can pull something out of his big bag of tricks to right the ship, they’ll be just fine this year. The Pats’ NFL odds stand at +650 for the Super Bowl as of this writing.

The 2-0 Rams look like the best team in the league on both sides of the ball, so it’s easy to see why their NFL betting odds are +650 at this point in the season. All their expensive offseason moves seem justified so far. While they haven’t faced the best competition in the league in Oakland and Arizona, giving up just 13 points in two games is impressive against any NFL opponent. It’s a long season, but if the Rams keep rolling like they are, there may not be a single team talented enough to stop them.

 

Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars - +900 NFL Odds

The Vikings are coming off a Week 2 tie against Packers, which would’ve been a win had their rookie kicker Daniel Carlson been able to convert at least one of his three attempted field goals (two of which were in overtime). Carlson has since been cut from the team in favour of veteran kicker Dan Bailey, which should give Minnesota a scoring boost. Outside of kicking, there are no issues with this team; their roster is solid top to bottom. New signee quarterback Kirk Cousins seems to be settling beautifully into his new role in the twin cities, ranking sixth in the league in passer rating at 108.7. The Vikings are a force to be reckoned with at +900 Super Bowl 53 odds.

No Fournette, no problem. Missing his star running back against the Patriots, Jags’ quarterback Blake Bortles took matters into his own hands and aired it out for 377 yards and four touchdowns in a convincing 31-20 victory. Jacksonville (2-0) is in the top 10 in the league for yards per play on both sides of the ball and should continue to taste success in a weaker AFC South division. Watch for the Jags (+900 NFL odds) to make some noise this season.

 

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Philadelphia Eagles - +1200 NFL Odds

The Eagles seem to be nursing a Super Bowl hangover at 1-1, but the defending champions will see their starting quarterback Carson Wentz return to the field in Week 3, which should jump-start their 27th ranked offense (4.6 yards per play).

Philly (+1200 Super Bowl odds) will also need to do better in passing defense after getting shredded by Tampa’s Ryan Fitzpatrick for 402 yards on just 33 passing attempts in Week 2. If Carson Wentz returns to his old form, they have a chance to be successful once again this season.

 

 

*Odds as of September 19, 2018

 

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