- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

With the NFL playoffs set to begin in a matter of days, Vegas oddsmakers have calculated the chances of all eight teams to reach the Super Bowl.

According to the betting experts at Bovada.lv, the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have the best odds of winning Super Bowl LII.

Reigning champions and top seed in the AFC once again, the Patriots are the heavy favorites, sitting at -140 to reach the Super Bowl and at +225 to retain the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Meanwhile, Vegas has placed the Vikings at +175 to reach the Super Bowl and at +375 to win their first ever Super Bowl title.

Minnesota reaching Super Bowl LII would have historical significance in and of itself, as the Vikings would become the first team to play for a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

“There is no surprise that the Pats are still overwhelming favorites to win it all as they have been all year but Minnesota, who could potentially play at home for the Super Bowl, are a close second at 4/1,” Bovada.lv SportsBook manager Kevin Bradley wrote. “Both teams are healthy winners for the book and would be our ideal matchup.”

As for the wild card round this weekend, the oddsmakers have given the edge to all the higher seeds. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars are both eight-point favorites to defeat the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills, respectively.

Similarly, in the NFC matchups, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints have been tabbed as six-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

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