Eagles, Patriots Lead Updated NFL Betting Odds to Win NFC, AFC Championships

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady #12 call signals against the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Philadelphia won the game 41-33.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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It's been more than two decades since there has been a Super Bowl rematch (Dallas and Buffalo, XXVII and XXVIII), but Vegas believes it's a possibility for the 2018 season.

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in February to win their first-ever Super Bowl. Both squads are the favorites to make it out of their respective conference, per OddsShark:

Given how entertaining last year's championship was, getting a sequel—potentially with Carson Wentz this time around—would make for great television.

The odds shouldn't surprise anyone. As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in New England, the Patriots will enter the season as AFC favorites, if not Super Bowl favorites as well. They have missed the playoffs just twice in 17 years, and Brady missed all but one game in one of those seasons with a torn ACL. They also have eight Super Bowl appearances, including three in the last four years.

On the other side, the Eagles are the reigning world champs...and they may only be better next year. Not only is Wentz, who was the front-runner for NFL MVP when he tore his ACL in December, expected to be back, but they've also added veterans like Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata and Mike Wallace.

Of course, other teams also got better this offseason. The Los Angeles Rams have acquired Ndamukong Suh, Brandin Cooks, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, among others. The Minnesota Vikings went from Sam Bradford and Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins at quarterback. The Green Bay Packers should have a healthy Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) and added Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.

In other words, the road to the Super Bowl will be no cakewalk for Philadelphia. But after managing to win it all with a backup quarterback earlier this year, the Eagles will be ready for the challenge.

It's tough for even one participant to make it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons; having both squads back is a rare occurrence. However, with New England's stranglehold on the AFC and the Philadelphia's continuing to improve (and get healthy), Vegas isn't ruling it out.

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