The stage is set for what could easily be one of the most exciting title games in recent memory, as the New England Patriots square off with the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. Even though we are over a week away from the Big Dance, Las Vegas betting odds makers have already depicted a winner, a loser and by how much in this intriguing Super Bowl betting matchup.
NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, will be the site for the 2017 Super Bowl slated for Sunday Feb. 5. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast live on FOX. According to Super Bowl betting odds, the Patriots (-3) have opened up as three-point favorites over the Falcons (+3), the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 59.5 points and alternate Las Vegas betting lines go as follows: New England (-150) vs. Atlanta (+130).
Representing the NFC will be a red-hot Falcons team that’s coming off a 44-21 destruction of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. In many Las Vegas odds makers’ eyes, the cheese-heads looked like a team on a mission heading into last week’s NFC Championship Game.
Going in as six-and-a-half point NFL betting favorites, Dan Quinn & Co. took care of business in front of a sold-out Georgia Dome. In one of the most impressive showings in recent history by a quarterback, Matt Ryan connected on 27-of-38 pass attempts for 392 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 139.4.
For the AFC, this year’s representatives will be more of a case of the Usual Suspects. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the greatest coach/quarterback duo in NFL history, will go for an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring in less than two weeks time. Much like in the case of the Falcons, the Pats are also coming off a dominant performance in the AFC Championship Game.
Also led by their unstoppable signal-caller, Brady was once again surgical, picking apart the Steelers defense on his way to another monster game for the ages. Listed as a six-point favorite, New England pounded Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to the tune of 36-17. Brady went 32-for-42 for 384 yards, 3 touchdowns and no picks to earn a passer-rating of 127.5.
Who will defy or prove the Super Bowl odds correct by emerging victorious when the confetti at NRG Stadium clears between the Patriots vs. Falcons? If pro football odds makers are correct, it appears that Tom Brady is destined to go down as the greatest quarterback that’s ever lived, coming at Matt Ryan’s expense. I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling that with a three-point spread to play with, the Big Game will also be historic in terms of Superbowl betting.
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