Patriots grow to 2½-point Super Bowl LIII favorites over Rams

The Patriots were 14-point underdogs to the St. Louis Rams when they upset the “Greatest Show on Turf” in a 20-17 win in Super Bowl XXXVI for their first championship.

Five Super Bowl titles and 17 years later, New England opened as a 1-point underdog to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. However, early action on the Patriots quickly made New England a 1½-point to 2½-point favorite Sunday night at Las Vegas sports books.

“I don’t understand why some people opened the Rams as the favorite,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said. “People are going to bet New England. We’ll definitely need the Rams in this game.”

The consensus total is 58½ after opening at 58.

“The Chiefs-Rams would’ve been a much sexier matchup and probably got a ridiculous (betting) handle,” MGM Resorts sports book director Jay Rood said. “But this will have a pretty strong

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