Super Bowl Odds 2019: Patriots Favorite to Beat Rams

Bookmakers expect the New England Patriots to clinch a sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The Patriots became only the third team in NFL history to reach the title game three seasons in a row and the bookmakers back them to put the disappointment of losing to the Philadelphia Eagles last season behind them.

According to OddShark, New England is a 2.5-point favorite ahead of Sunday with most oddsmakers, having opened as one-point underdog after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on January 20.

While the Patriots are the most successful dynasty in modern NFL, historically they have never thrashed their opponents in the Super Bowl.

New England's largest winning margin in the big game came in Super Bowl LI, when they beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. The Patriots' first three triumphs, in Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX were all by a three-point margin.

In Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots clinched their first Super Bowl title with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, before beating the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in 2004 and the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 a year later.

Meanwhile, the over/under is set at 56.5 points, slightly lower than the opening line of +58 from two weeks ago.

In the last decade, only three Super Bowls have gone over 56.5 points, with the Patriots involved in two occasions. Last year, New England was on the receiving end of a 41-33 loss against the Eagles, while 12 months earlier they beat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime.

Super Bowl XLVII was the only other title game to record over 56.5 points in the last 10 years, as the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in New Orleans.

The Patriots are also favorites in moneyline terms, with most bookmakers offering odds of -135 on a New England win, while the Rams are +120.

At +2.5, the Rams have the third-shortest odds of any underdog going into the Super Bowl since the turn of the Millennium.

The Patriots were themselves one-point underdog when they upset the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX, while the Seahawks were in a similar position a year earlier.

Seattle thrashed the two-point favorite Denver Broncos 43-8 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game to clinch Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Tom Brady, #12 of the New England Patriots warms up during Super Bowl LIII practice at Georgia Tech Brock Practice Facility on January 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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