Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites

Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites

Super Bowl week is upon us, and the wagers are rolling in.

The Patriots opened as one-point underdogs to the Rams last week at the conclusion of the controversial conference championships, but the line flipped within minutes and New England became the favorite.

According to OddsShark, the Patriots have been pushed by some sportsbooks to 3-point favorites as of Monday, while the spread consensus  is Patriots by 2.5 points. The over/under total for the game is 56.5 points. While this may seem high, the Rams ranked second in the NFL with 32.9 points per game this season and the Patriots were fourth at 27.3. Given the two dynamic offenses, the likelihood of extending the championship game to overtime isn’t out of the question.

Furthermore, New England is -150 on the money line and Los Angeles is +130, meaning bettors backing the Patriots to record a straight-up victory must wager $150 to win $100 and Rams advocates will put up $100 to win $130.

It should come as no surprise that 41-year-old Tom Brady is favored to be named MVP given his experience in the championship game. While he is 5-3 on the biggest stage, the veteran has a chance to become the first quarterback to win six Lombardi Trophies.

However, NFL Defensive Player of the Year favorite Aaron Donald could be the sleeper MVP if the Rams are able to pull off the upset. The defensive tackle has been an unstoppable force this season, logging 59 total tackles and a league-leading 20.5 sacks in 16 regular-season games in 2018. He also forced four fumbles.

The Patriots and Rams kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.