Underdogs are either 7-1 or 6-2 against the point spread in the 2018 NFL playoffs, depending on what spread bettors got in the Saints-Vikings game. The Patriots were the only favorite to cover handily. They routed the Titans in the AFC divisional round Saturday as a 14-point favorite.
Even though the weather in Philadelphia is expected to be excellent for the game (partly cloudy, high of 53 degrees, temps in the 40s during the game), the over-under is low at 38. The Falcons and Eagles combined for 25 points in their game, while the Saints and Vikings combined for 53 in Minnesota’s domed stadium.
The conference champions will play in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. Sportsbook.ag lists the Patriots as the futures favorite to win the big game at 10/11 (-110), followed by the Vikings at 2/1 (+200), the Eagles at 7/1 (+700) and the Jaguars at 8/1 (+800).
Vrabel, 42, takes over a Titans team that went 9-7 in 2017 and 20-21 from 2015-17 under Mike Mularkey, who agreed to part ways with Tennessee on Monday after the team’s divisional round loss to the Patriots.
I am excited to get to work and that work starts now, Vrabel said in a statement. We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive.
Said controllowing owner Amy Adams Strunk of the hire: In the interaction between Mike and Jon (Robinson) during the interview, you could see their connection right away from the history they have with one another seeing the game in a similar way and talking the same language. Mike has a commanding presence and a deep knowledge for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity.