SUPER BOWL 2018 BETTING PREVIEW
Most of this is down to quarterback bias; Nick Foles is a quality back-up but he has limitations. We did alright here last week, didn't we? Pats-Jags under, Eagles-Vikes over the Eagles got within half a point all by themselves and the Eagles on the money-line. Which sets up the Eagles and the Pats in the big one. It isn't the dream match America supposedly wanted: The Eagles are in one sense plucky underdogs against the perennially successful Pats, but in another, they rank among America's least-likeable fan bases.
They are the ones who attacked Santa Claus with snowballs. Whose stadium was the first with its own on-site night court to deal with drunken assaults and the like. I once described Philadelphia fans in the context of baseball, but still relevant by pointing out that in other places, New York for example, fans threw batteries at the opposition's outfielders.
But only in Philly did they boo the thrower if he missed. Joking aside, Philadelphia has a point about not getting enough respect, not least from the bookies. They could easily have lost to the Falcons, whom they outplayed but allowed four chances at a winning touchdown from inside the ten yard line.
They emerged with a win: Minnesota was a different story. What seemed to be a balanced match-up of great defenses and effective offenses, both operating with backup quarterbacks, turned into a rout. The easiest explanation is that the Vikings' D was built not to give up the big play, especially on third down, and once the Eagles hit on a couple of those, their offense wasn't geared to come back from way down.
Any time your offense becomes one-dimensional, your defense can get better, and that's what happened. So who wins and by how much? Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Super Sunday.
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