Unfortunately, since the departure of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles, much of the city of St. Louis has lost a majority of their interest in the NFL. However, this weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and us at Arch City Sports willingly or not so willingly, still pay attention to the NFL. Super Bowl LII will feature five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback/coaching duo in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, as they are looking to capture title number six. They will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles, a team still looking for their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
The Vegas odds have opened with New England as a 4.5-point favorite. The Patriots have opened as the Vegas favorites to win the Super Bowl in six of the eight Super Bowls that they have appeared in with Tom Brady. The only ones they were not favored in was Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams (-14) and Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks (-1). They of course went on to win both of those Super Bowls.
This year’s Super Bowl, as every year, has its own unique headlines. Brady at 40 years old will be the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history. The Eagles have made it here with Nick Foles as their starting quarterback, as star Carson Wentz tore his ACL late in the regular season. Wentz was the NFL MVP frontrunner before being hurt. But Foles has picked up the slack, and the Eagles offense is clicking, as they have put up 53 points over their two playoff games.
Eagles teammates Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount are the first two players in NFL history to make it to back to back Super Bowls, each with a different team. Both were members of the Patriots last season and were a part of the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The odds are stacked against Philly, as most of New England’s roster have played in the Super Bowl before, as opposed to most of the Eagles roster. But the Eagles have been underdogs in each of their two playoff games this postseason and have embraced the role throughout.
We should be in store for yet another classic installment of the Super Bowl this year. The writers here at Arch City Sports have announced their picks for the big game.