As millions of people all over the world get ready for Christmas, NFL fans are beginning to get excited about a completely different once-a-year celebration. That is, of course, the Super Bowl, which takes place in February. However, as we approach 2019, that also means we are getting closer to the start of the NFL playoffs.
It doesn’t matter if you are talking football, basketball, or hockey, there is something exclusive and special about the playoffs that bring sports fans together. Whatever sport you are watching, when it comes to playoff time you are watching the best of the best go head to head and put everything on the line in the hope of winning.
Last season’s NFL Super Bowl champions were the Philadelphia Eagles, and they won a thrilling final against the New England Patriots to claim their crown. This season they are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture, but they are so close right now that there is every chance that they still make it. However, they would enter in the wildcard round, and that means no byes like last season; they have to do it the hard way.
The Eagles stunned the LA Rams last Sunday to keep their hopes alive, and that was probably one of the few occasions this season where we have seen the old Eagles spark that helped them to the title last season. The New England Patriots were beaten at the weekend by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that may be a result that comes back to haunt them. Due to that, the Pats dropped into the wildcard round, and they too could have to play each week if they want to return to the Super Bowl in 2019.
The latest NFL betting has the Patriots at +750 to win the Super Bowl this season, showing that the bookmakers respect their experience when it comes to the postseason. It is always important to have a group of players in the dressing room that have been there and done it before, and with Tom Brady leading the team, the Pats have the best. Brady comes to life at this time of year, and even if the Pats do end up in the wildcard round and going on the road to play their divisional and championship games, you cannot discount this team and that man.
If you believe the bookmakers, the NFC will once again win the Super Bowl this season. The number one seed New Orleans Saints are the current favorites to take the crown at +260, while the second seed LA Rams are in behind them at +500. These two are both exciting teams to watch, with genuine all-star offensive talent, and a Super Bowl involving either of these teams would certainly be a memorable one. We don’t have long to go in the season to find out who will be crowned the 2019 Super Bowl champions.