VSiN.com senior reporter
LAS VEGAS – As the Eagles completed their 38-7 rout of the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game around 9:40 p.m. ET Sunday, they probably learned that they would again be underdogs as the Patriots were 6-point favorites over them in Super Bowl 52 with an over/under of 48 points.
What they probably weren’t told (or read about when they opened their social media accounts) was that betting on the game had already been taking place for nearly an hour.
With the Eagles leading 31-7 late in the third quarter and in possession of the ball and driving toward another score, the Don Best odds screen started lighting up like a Christmas tree as sports books here in Nevada and offshore felt comfortable enough to book the Patriots-Eagles matchup.
The offshore giant Pinnacle was the first opener to go up on the betting boards (from yours truly watching the screen and later checking the timestamps in the Don Best odds archives) at 8:40 p.m. PT with the Patriots -7 (-105) and quickly getting bet down to -6.5 and -6 within three minutes.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was the first to open here (8:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. PT here in Vegas) with the Patriots -5.5 and an over/under of 47.5. The Wynn Las Vegas opted to open higher at Patriots -6.5 just over two minutes later at 5:48 p.m. PT, followed two minutes later with CG Technology at Patriots -6 and another minute later for William Hill to put up the low-end opener at Patriots -5.
Over the next dozen minutes, the rest of the 13 line originators in Vegas opened their lines with the Treasure Island joining William Hill at -5 and Boyd Gaming joining Wynn on the high end at -6.5.
By the time the Eagles-Vikings game ended, Boyd and Wynn had both dropped from -6.5 to -6 and are now down to -5.5 as of this writing.
(Note: Shortly after this story was posted Sunday night, more books, including the South Point -- with Chris Andrews running over to the VSiN booth to announce the move on the "52 Preview Show with Brent Musburger" show -- dropped from -6 to -5.5 and that was the spread at the majority of Vegas books at the close of business Sunday night.)
The over/under has been a little less volatile with most books joining the Westgate by opening at 47.5, but by the end of the Eagles-Vikings game the line had been bet up to 48 at the majority of the books here in Vegas with Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos going to 48.5.
Also, we’re calling these the “openers,” though followers of mine on Twitter @ViewFromVegas and VSiN listeners/viewers know that last week the William Hill put up the first advance Super Bowl lines on the four possible matchups and opened the Patriots -6 over the Eagles only to have it bet up to -7. Also, all week long, it was mentioned on VSiN that our host hotel, the South Point, had the Patriots -7 over the Eagles as well. With the Patriots struggling to get by the Jaguars 24-20 (and not covering as 7.5-point home favorites) and the Eagles routing the Vikings 38-7 (as 3-point home underdogs), it was understandable that the spread would be adjusted back below a full touchdown.
Continue to follow us here on VSIN.com as well as the broadcasts on SiriusXM 204 and streaming live on vsin.com and the VSiN app as we continue to track the Super Bowl odds as well as complete coverage of all the props that the oddsmakers have already been putting together.