NFL Picks Straight Up

Even if we're in for the long haul, make sure you check the latest NFL betting lines for the upcoming games. Looking towards the futures, the Pittsburgh Steelers own the record for most Super Bowls won with six. They came close to having company atop the ladder but the New England Patriots's failure to topple the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII means they remain behing with "only" 5. One interesting fact is that unlike the Steelers, who took 35 years to amass their six Super Bowl titles, the Patriots got their 5 in just 17 years, and with the same head coach (Bill Belichick) and starting quarterback (Tom Brady) for all five victories.

Patriots Seek Record-Tying Sixth Super Bowl Win

The Steelers hold another unique Super Bowl achievement. Pittsburgh is the only NFL franchise to twice win back-to-back Super Bowls, winning Super Bowls IX and X and Super Bowls XIII and XIV. The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots were also winners in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX, interestingly beating the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX to complete their first double. Here is our straight up Super Bowl pick, based on odds from Bovada.

Round Matchup FAV PICK  ODDS  WINS
Wild Card TEN at KC KC KC -500 TEN
Wild Card ATL at LAR LAR ATL +260 ATL
Wild Card BUF at JAC JAC JAC -450 JAC
Wild Card CAR at NO NO NO -300 NO
Divisional Playoffs ATL at PHI PHI ATL -160 PHI
Divisional Playoffs TEN at NE NE NE -1000 NE
Divisional Playoffs JAC at PIT PIT PIT -350 JAC
Divisional Playoffs NO at MIN MIN NO +170 MIN
AFC Championship JAC at NE NE NE -380 NE 
NFC Championship MIN at PHI MIN MIN -165 PHI
Pro Bowl NFC at AFC TBA NFC -190 AFC 
Super Bowl LII PHI vs. NE NE NE -175

The Super Bowl has not been a pleasant place for Philadelphia. The Eagles' first appearance in the big game was in Super Bowl XV. Favored by three points over the Oakland Raiders, the Raiders became the first wildcard team to win the Super Bowl when they easily handled the Eagles by a 27-10 count. Returning to face the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles were sent off as seven-point underdogs and lost 24-21, at least gaining the moral victory of beating the spread.

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The spread on this game sees New England favored by 4.5 points, and that's a unique number of which to take note. Teams favored to win the Super Bowl by 4.5 points are 0-2 in the big game. The San Francisco 49ers were the 4.5-point choice to overcome the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, but the Ravens were 34-31 winners. In Super Bowl L, the Carolina Panthers were favored by 4.5 points over the Denver Broncos, but were easily beaten by a 24-10 count. 

Brady holds the Super Bowl record for wins by a quarterback with five, but he'll need to overcome a Super Bowl hex to add his sixth title. He led the NFL in passing yardage this season (4577) and is the sixth QB to arrive at the big game with that title on his resume. The other five QBs to do so are 0-5 - Miami's Dan Marino (Super Bowl XIX), Kurt Warner (Super Bowl XXXVI) of the St. Louis Rams, Rich Gannon (Super Bowl XXXVII) of the Raiders, Brady (Super Bowl XLII) and Denver's Peyton Manning (Super Bowl XLVIII).

They are taking the Super Bowl indoors for the 16th time and when it comes to domed stadiums, the NFC holds a 9-6 edge in Super Bowls contested in domes, although the AFC has won five of the last six, three of them by the Patriots. The Patriots are 3-3 indoors in Super Bowl play, while the Eagles are 0-1. The previous Super Bowl in Minnesota, Super Bowl XXVI, saw an NFC East team (the Washington Redskins) defeat an AFC East team (the Buffalo Bills) by a 37-24 verdict.

This Eagles-Patriots matchup is the sixth repeat Super Bowl meeting and the team that won the first game is 4-1 in the second game. Pittsburgh beat Dallas in Super Bowls X and XIII. The 49ers beat the Bengals in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII. The Cowboys bettered the Bills in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII and the Giants stopped the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. The lone exception saw Miami beat Washington in Super Bowl VII, with the Redskins winning the rematch in SB XVII.