At 10:15 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 29, most books opened Philadelphia (16-3 straight up, 10-9 against the spread) as a one-point favorite vs. Kansas City for Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
Within 10-15 minutes of releasing the opening number, most shops took the Eagles up to -1.5 or -2. By early Monday afternoon, most spots had settled at -2, but the number was back down to 1.5 by Tuesday. Books like BetMGM, DraftKings and PointsBet spent about 30 minutes at -2.5 late last night. FanDuel has the best number for those looking to back the Eagles, who are at -1.5 with a -118 price.
As for the total, most books opened it at 49.5 points. Most spots remained at 49.5 as of early Monday afternoon, but DraftKings was at 50.
The Eagles are -130 on the money line, with the Chiefs at +110 odds to win outright.
Kansas City (16-3 SU, 6-12-1 ATS) will be playing in its third Super Bowl in the last four seasons. The Chiefs won the AFC Championship Game on Harrison Butker’s 45-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to beat Cincinnati 23-20 as two-point home ‘chalk.’
The game-winning field goal was set up by a Patrick Mahomes’ scramble that produced a 15-yard penalty on an inexplicable late hit by Bengals’ DE Joseph Ossai.
Playing on a sprained ankle sustained in a win over Jacksonville on Jan. 22, Mahomes gutted it out to throw for 326 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Philadelphia injured both of San Francisco’s quarterbacks in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, rendering the 49ers’ offense helpless without a passing attack in a 31-7 win as a 2.5-point favorite.
Miles Sanders ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, while QB Jalen Hurts and RB Boston Scott also had TD runs for the Eagles, who are going to their first Super Bowl since beating the Patriots 41-33 as four-point underdogs in 2018.
Three years ago at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Kansas City rallied past San Francisco for a 31-20 win as a 1.5-point favorite. The 51 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 53-point total.
Two years ago, the Chiefs got spanked 31-9 at Tampa Bay when Tom Brady bagged his seventh Super Bowl ring in the Buccaneers’ win as three-point underdogs.
Kansas City HC Andy Reid will be facing his former team in 13 days. Reid spent 14 seasons as HC of the Eagles, posting a 130-93-1 record. He went 10-9 in 19 postseason games, losing 24-21 to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004.