NFC Championship Game

Six factors to consider before betting Super Bowl LII

Six factors to consider before betting Super Bowl LII

The point spread on the Super Bowl extends a record by falling below a touchdown for the ninth consecutive year in local sports books.

The New England Patriots opened as a 5.5-point favorite against the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of Super Bowl LII at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis. And while having a competitive matchup improves the action — five of the previous eight games in the span ended up being decided by less than a touchdown -- some would argue it makes it more difficult to bet.

Here are six of the most important factors to consider in trying to select a winner, along with our pick.

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