Why Bet Against New England To Win Super Bowl 52Josh Bailey
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are favored to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles when they take on Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52 this coming weekend. However, there’s one big piece of history that says Brady and company aren’t going to win Super Bowl 52 and you need to know all about it!
Should You Bet Against The Patriots To Win The Super Bowl 52
Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. New England Patriots (15-3)
When: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Spread: New England -4.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
While Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history and a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer, no quarterback has ever won the Super Bowl in the same season they led the NFL in passing yardage – and you guessed it – Brady did just that this season.
Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards this season and no player, in five chances, has ever won the Super Bowl in that same season. Peyton Manning, Brady, Rich Gannon, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino all lost in the Super Bowl after leading NFL in passing yards.
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It’s a bit mind-boggling, but again, no quarterback has ever led the NFL in passing yards and won the Super Bowl that same season. While Manning led the league in passing yards three times, when he won the title in 2006 Drew Brees led the league with 4,418 yards. When he won his second title in 2015, Brees again led the league in passing with 4,870.
Speaking of Brees, while he’s led the league in passing a whopping seven times, he didn’t lead the league in passing in 2009 when his New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. That dubious distinction went to Matt Schaub.
Since 1966, the NFL’s passing leader has only made it to the NFL title tilt a total of five times. That list of losing quarterbacks includes Brady, who led the NFL in passing yards in 2007, when the Patriots went 16-0, but ended up losing to Eli Manning and the New York 17-14 in Super Bowl 42.
Brady led the NFL in passing with 4,577 yards. This year actually marked the third time that Brady has led the NFL in passing and he’s 0-for-2 after the Pats failed to even reach the AFC Championship in 2005. In addition to the passing yards jinx, there’s also an MVP jinx. Since 2000, zero league MVP winners have won the Super Bowl. Of course, we don’t even know if Brady will win the league MVP award this year, but there’s that as well!
History, jinxes, ah, isn’t life grand?