Super Bowl LIV betting: Patriots installed as early favourites to defend their crown

Martin Green

Monday, February 4, 2019 6:25 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 6:25 PM UTC

The dust has barely settled on the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams, but bookmakers have already released odds on who will triumph next year.

<p>The New England Patriots have been installed as early favourites to enjoy another fruitful season and win Super Bowl LIV in a year’s time. Pats fans are still celebrating last night’s 13-3 triumph over the LA Rams, but bookmakers have already released lines on next year’s event. The vast majority of them make New England the outright favourites to successfully defend their crown after Bill Belichick’s defensive masterclass on Sunday night. However, some books favour the Kansas City Chiefs and the Rams and the New Orleans Saints are also in the mix, while interesting long shots abound.</p><p>Super Bowl LIII was one of the most turgid showpieces in recent memory as both offences largely struggled to gain any momentum. Belichick delivered the perfect game plan to nullify a Rams team that averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season. Jared Goff was under intense pressure all evening and LA had to punt their first eight possessions. The Pats’ offence was hardly firing on all cylinders, but Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel did just about enough to edge a hard-fought victory.</p><p>Anyone backing the Patriots to cover the spread would have been delighted, while Rams wunderkind Sean McVay admitted that he was “outcoached” by Belichick. New England were written off after a sluggish start to the regular season, but they came on strong when it mattered and Brady is now the most decorated player of all time. The 41-year-old scoffed at any talk of retirement after the game and pledged to lead the Pats again next season. Bookmakers responded by making the Pats the favourites to win the next Super Bowl, with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Book">Betway</a> going as low as 11/2.</p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Book">Paddy Power</a> have 8/1 on the Pats, while <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Book">Betfred</a> is offering a massive 9/1 on them. The best price you will find on the Chiefs is also 9/1 at <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Book">William Hill</a> and Paddy Power. They lost out to New England in the conference championship this year, but they have a superstar on their hands in Patrick Mahomes, and the odds compilers expect them to be back with a vengeance next year.</p><p>It would also be folly to write off the Rams (12/1 with Paddy Power), who have been on a sensational upward curve since appointing McVay as coach. He has already taken them to the Super Bowl at the age of 33, and he should only improve in the year ahead. He will learn from Sunday’s defeat and come back stronger than ever, with key lieutenants Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley leading the charge. Speaking of that, the LA Chargers were consistently strong throughout this season and they look interesting at 16/1 with some books.</p><p>The Saints, who were robbed by a terrible officiating call as they narrowly lost to the Rams in the conference championships, are best priced at 12/1 with William Hill. The Philadelphia Eagles could also rally and make another strong run next season. They beat New England at Super Bowl LII and then kept defying the odds to reach the divisional round this year. They may lose a few big names in the off-season, but if Carson Wentz delivers on his promise they will take some stopping. The Chicago Bears are also attracting plenty of attention at 20/1, but right now the Pats dominate the betting, followed by the Chiefs.</p><p>Expect the odds to change drastically over the course of the summer, but many punters will be keen to get in early and take advantage of some large prices. The Cleveland Browns are tempting many at 40/1 with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Book">Bet365</a>, and stranger things have happened.</p>
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