Updated 2018 Super Bowl 52 Odds & PicksJosh Bailey
Ho-hum. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are favored to win Super Bowl 52 this coming February, but are there better odds and picks to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy? Click here to see the full list of Super Bowl 52 betting odds.
New England was knocked off their perch as prohibitive favorites to win Super Bowl 52 for a few weeks this year, but they’re right back on top heading into Week 15. Next up for the Pats are the highly talented and second favorites to win the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Updated 2018 Super Bowl 52 Odds & Picks
- Patriots +250
- Steelers +550
- Vikings +600
- Saints +1150
- Eagles +1250
- Rams +1800
- Jags +1900
- Falcons +2000
- Seahawks +2300
- Chargers +2500
- Panthers +2500
- Chiefs +3250
- Packers +4000
- Ravens +4800
The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Pick To Win Super Bowl 52: New England Patriots +250
Tom Brady and the Patriots (10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS) are the prohibitive favorites despite getting off to a stunning 1-2 start after three games this season and allowing a mind-boggling 33 points or more three times in their first four games.
While New England had their eight-game winning streak snapped in Monday night’s stunning 27-20 road loss to the mediocre Miami Dolphins, I’m thinking that anomaly of a loss is simply going to refuel their competitive juices for their final three games of the regular season.
The bad news is that the loss to the Fins dropped them one game behind Pittsburgh in the race for first place in the AFC playoffs and they could find themselves without home-field advantage if they fall to the Steelers in their huge Week 15 road date this coming weekend.
Still, make no mistake about it, New England, which ranks fourth in scoring (28.3 ppg) and fifth in points allowed (19.2 ppg) is going to be very difficult to dispatch this season – if it happens at all.
The Smart Pick To Win Super Bowl 52: Pittsburgh Steelers +550
While there are a handful of teams in the NFC like Philadelphia, Minnesota or Carolina, just to name three, that could be considered the ‘smart’ pick to dethrone the Pats as Super Bowl champs this season, for me, it is Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2 SU, 6-7 ATS) that are the best pick to get it done.
The Steelers have a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback in Big Ben that has been there and done that. They also have arguably the best wide receiver and running back in the game today in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but that’s not why I really like the Steelers this season. No, it’s Pittsburgh’s improved defense, which ranks sixth overall, fourth against the pass, ninth against the run and seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg).
The loss of starting middle linebacker Ryan Shazier is going to hurt them, but it has also given them some serious emotional fire to get it done for their defensive leader. Call me crazy, but it just looks like the stars are in alignment for Pittsburgh this season.
The Longshot Pick To Win Super Bowl 52: Los Angeles Chargers +2500
Last, but not least, I’m going with the gun-slinging Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (7-6 SU, 7-5-1 ATS) as my top longshot selection at a value-packed +2500. Sure, I could have gone with Carolina at an identical +2500, Seattle at +2300 or even Kansas City at +3200, but for me, I’m thinking the Bolts could upset the entire apple cart, even if no one is really paying attention to them right now.
The Chargers rank fifth in total offense, third in passing, thanks to Rivers, 24th in rushing, although Melvin Gordon is still clearly underrated with 853 rushing yards and a modest 15th in scoring (22.9 ppg). However, unlike past years, this season, it is the Chargers defense that has made me a real believer. Despite ranking just 29th against the run, L.A. is ranked 10th in total defense, a stellar third against the pass and…wait for it…a phenomenal second in points allowed (17.3 ppg).
The Bolts have won four straight and seven of their last nine at the time of this writing while, limiting five of those opponents to 16 points or less. Call me crazy, but I’m going with Philip Rivers and the L.A. Chargers as my top longshot to upset everyone and bag this season’s Super Bowl 52 title.