The time is finally here. It is time for the NFL's respective conferences to decide who will represent them in Super Bowl LLI. We are down to our final four and after this Sunday we will know who is playing to hoist the Lombardi trophy.
While one of the final four franchises is the New England Patriots, who seem to win or be in the Super Bowl almost annually the remaining three contestants have combined for exactly zero Super Bowl victories over their history. Will the team everyone loves to hate in the Patriots once again take home the trophy, or will one of the starved fan bases finally have a reason to celebrate. Let's take a quick moment and look at the weekend's matchups with the current spread, total and odds to win the Super Bowl.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots, Sunday, January 21st at 3:05 pm ET
First to kickoff has the playoff surprise of the year Jaguars traveling to take on the bad guy Patriots with Belichick and Brady. Can the Jaguars actually shock the world and pull off the upset or will they just consider the season a success by getting to the conference championship game and become another mark on the Patriots ever-growing resume?
The Jaguars opened as a +9.5 point underdog but have seen some serious push since release. The line currently sits between +7 and +7.5 at most shops with +7 being the prevalent spread. Will be interesting to see if this game can push thru the key number of 7 before kickoff as it appears people are catching Jaguar fever (or they just really want to see the Pats fall).
The moneyline opened with the Jags at +340 but has come down with the spread movement and currently sits at between +245 to +275. It also appears those who are taking the Jaguars are thinking they get it done with their defense as the total has dropped from the opener of 46.5 to its current position at 45. Be sure to shop around as a half point here or 20 cents on a moneyline wager may not seem like much but they really add up in the long run and can be the difference in a winner and a loser on any given night.
Despite the influx of early Jaguar money this week versus the Patriots the Jaguars still remain the longest shot to win the big game checking in around +700 or 7-1 to win Super Bowl LLI. The Patriots, on the other hand, are still heavy favorites in this four-team race with odds currently at -115.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, January 21st at 6:40 pm ET
Next up it's the NFC's turn to decide who is going to represent them in the big one. The Minnesota Vikings will travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagle’s fans will surely be fired up and knowing some of the histories of this fan base tells us anything is possible.
The Eagles team itself has lost a little of its luster with MVP quarterback candidate Carson Wentz sitting on the IR with a torn ACL. Wentz injury aside this Eagles team is still pretty good but will have a toughchallenge ahead in one of the NFC's most complete squads in the Minnesota Vikings fresh off their miracle victory over the Saints in the divisional round.
The Eagles are in rare space as they enter this contest as the home underdog to the Vikings. TheEagles are currently a +3 point underdog after opening at +3.5. The last time there was a home underdog in the conference championship game was 2015 when the underdog Denver Broncos upset the New England Patriots 20-18 as a +3 point dog. Somewhat familiar territory for the Eagles, however, despite being the #1 seed they were underdogs last week versus the Falcons in the game they ultimately won in dramatic fashion with an end of the game hold.
The moneyline for this game has the Eagles currently at plus +135 to +140 after opening at +150. The total has risen slightly here to 38.5/39 after opening at 38. Both teams have pretty stout defenses leading to the relatively low number. Again, make sure you shop around to ensure you have the best number available.
Despite the relatively close odds for this game, there is a substantial difference in each team's odds to win the whole thing. The Eagles are currently listed at +550 to win Super Bowl LLI. This is the second highest number on the board behind the Jaguars +700. The Vikings are the NFC favorite checking in at only +195 to win the trophy as they are viewed as the team set up the best to compete with the Patriots.
Plenty to see this week during conference championship weekend on the gridiron. Which NFC team will get a shot to bring home the franchise’s first Super Bowl? Will the slipper finally shatter for the Jaguars? Will the Patriots head to the Super Bowl again? Should all make for an entertaining watch… Now go out there a put a few winners on the board.