We might be on a collision course to see the two-top seed in the Super Bowl this year.
The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots have been going back and forth at who is the top team in the NFL for most of the season. Now they sit as the top seeds in their respective conferences. Both top seeds making it to the Super Bowl isn’t the most common thing to see, but it has happened more times than not lately. In the last three Super Bowls, we have seen the top seeds from both conferences make the Super Bowl in all three Super Bowls.
In 2014, we saw the NFC’s top seeded Seattle Seahawks destroy the AFC’s top seed Denver Broncos. In 2015, we saw the Seahawks make it again as the top seed, but lose to the New England Patriots, also a top seed in the AFC. Finally, last year for Super Bowl 50, we saw the Broncos get back to the Super Bowl as the top seed, but this time they won it behind their defense by beating the NFC’s top seed Carolina Panthers.
The below chart indicates a New England vs Dallas Super Bowl per Sportsline.com. They asked a group of the sharpest minds to come up with a spread for the game.
|Patriots-Cowboys Super Bowl Spreads|
|Gregg Fischer||MGM Grand||Pats -6|
|Kenny White||Vegas odds consultant||Pats -6|
|Jay Kornegay||Westgate SuperBook||Pats -4.5|
|Jason Simbal||CG Technology||Pats -4 or -3.5|
|Johnny Avello||Wynn||Pats -4 or -3|
|Hugh Citron||Stratosphere||Pats -3.5|
|Chris Andrews||South Point||Pats -2.5|
|Nick Bogdanovich||William Hill||Pats -2.5|
|Jason McCormick||Station Casinos||Pats -2|
|Tony Miller||Golden Nugget||Pick-’em|
This year if that would happen, the Cowboys would be trusting their rookie duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to outdo the possibly the best quarterback ever in Tom Brady. Dallas has the team that is built to do just that by running the ball and keeping it out of the hands of Brady and his Patriots offense.
If this would happen, the odds show that Vegas would favor the Patriots in the match-up over the Cowboys. MGM has a possible line of New England by 6, Wynn has it at the Patriots by 3 or 4, but it’s the Golden Nugget that thinks it would be a pick-’em game.
I think name value alone would have the Patriots the favorite, but you would see plenty of people back the Cowboys. Dallas has the ground game to keep the ball out of the Patriots hands and keep their star quarterback on the sideline.
Whatever happens, you have to consider these two teams the favorites to come out of their respective conferences, but only time will tell if that is the case!