Bettors also seem sick of the Patriots, as gambling money has flowed in on the Eagles

New England Patriots fatigue also extends to Las Vegas, even though all that’s supposed to matter there is the bottom line.

Since the Super Bowl LII point spread was released following the conference championship games, the spread keeps shrinking as gambling money flows in on the Philadelphia Eagles. There have been reports of big bets on the Eagles, and the line has gone from New England being favored by 6.5 points in some spots all the way down to 4 points. It might be a case of people betting with their hearts.

The Eagles like the underdog role, and in this case people seem to love them getting points.

“I wonder if so many of those bets are people tired of seeing the Patriots win,” said Gill Alexander, who hosts a daily show on Brent Musburger’s Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN) in Las Vegas. “I wonder if it’s as simple as that.”

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 on the field before the start of Superbowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots delivers a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Linebacker Willie McGinest #55 of the New England Patriots chases quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Linebacker Tedy Bruschi #54 of the New England Patriots sacks quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Wide receiver L.J. Smith #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring on a 7-yard touchdown catch against Roman Phifer #95 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Defensive back Eugene Wilson #26 of the New England Patriots is tripped up after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver Todd Pinkston #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for an opening around Rodney Harrison #37 and Tedy Bruschi #54 of the New England Patriots after catching a 17-yard pass against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver David Givens #87 of the New England Patriots catches a 4-yard touchdown pass against cornerback Lito Sheppard #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Runningback Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots runs for 25 yards in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots scrambles after his own fumble that was eventually recovered by defensive tackle Darwin Walker #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Linebacker Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammate Stephen Neal #61 after catching a 2-yard touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Fullback Patrick Pass #35 of the New England Patriots looks for room to run in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Running back Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots reaches across the goal line to score on a 2-yard touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Running back Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots looks for room to run in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, UNITED STATES: Philadelphia Eagles J.R. Reed is upended in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX 06 February 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. The Patriots lead 24-21 in the fourth quarter. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 36-yard pass against safety Dexter Reid #42 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Rodney Harrison #37, Asante Samuel #22 and Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating tight end L.J. Smith #82 and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Rodney Harrison #37, Asante Samuel #22 and Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) is hoisted in the air after his team's 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX 06 February 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. This is the Patriots third Super Bowl title in four years. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with team owner Robert Kraft after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Rodney Harrison #37 and Christian Fauria #88 of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Whatever the motivation, it’s hard to ignore how the line keeps moving down. It’s a bit surprising given the Patriots’ annual dominance (though, all of their Super Bowls in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era have been close). Sports books will move the betting line when they get a majority of action on one side. Sports books typically want an equal split on both sides. The Super Bowl LII line is shrinking because bettors are putting their money on the Eagles. The majority of money-line bets, which don’t use a point spread but are bets on which team wins straight up, are on the underdog Eagles too (public bettors often bet the money-line in the Super Bowl instead of the point spread, Alexander said).

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Chris Andrews, the sports book director at the South Point casino in Las Vegas, posted look-ahead lines before the conference championship games for each possible Super Bowl matchup. The Patriots-Eagles matchup had the Patriots favored by 7.5 points. Then the Eagles looked great in an NFC championship win over the Minnesota Vikings, and Andrews knew when he posted the official line that Sunday night for the Super Bowl it had to be less than a touchdown, though still in favor of the Patriots.  He debated between 6.5 and 6 points before settling on 6.

“I thought that was a good number,” Andrews said. “And now here we are at 4.”

Andrews, who said he has taken one $500,000 bet on the Eagles, he doesn’t expect the money to keep coming in on Philadelphia. Already he has seen a lot of the action on prop bets favor the Patriots, such as the over on Tom Brady’s yards, the under on Nick Foles’ yards or people betting low numbers on the exact amount of points the Eagles will score. With the weekend coming and more people getting to Vegas for Super Bowl parties, Andrews anticipates more Patriots action as kickoff approaches, especially now that the line is down to 4 or 4.5 around town. He anticipated that by kickoff, the South Point sports book could have close to equal amounts of money on both teams.

“We’re leveling out a bit,” he said.

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Week 1: Eagles 30, Redskins 17

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Week 2: Eagles 20, Chiefs 27

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Week 3: Eagles 27, Giants 24

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Week 4: Eagles 26, Chargers 24

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Week 5: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7

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Week 6: Eagles 28, Panthers 23

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Week 7: Eagles 34, Redskins 24

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Week 8: Eagles 33, 49ers 10

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Week 9: Eagles 51, Broncos 23

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Week 10: Bye

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Week 11: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9

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Week 12: Eagles 31, Bears 3

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Week 13: Eagles 10, Seahawks 24

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Week 14: Eagles 43, Rams 35

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Week 15: Eagles 34, Giants 29

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Week 16: Eagles 19, Raiders 10

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Week 17: Eagles 0, Cowboys 6

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Wild Card Round: Bye

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Divisional Round: Eagles 15, Falcons 10

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Championship Round: Eagles 38, Vikings 7

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Another reason for all of the Eagles love to this point at the betting windows is how well Philadelphia played in the NFC championship game. Bettors are influenced by what they saw most recently, and that certainly seems to be the case with all the Eagles action. After all, the Patriots are a machine against the spread. They’ve covered the spread the last 13 times they’ve been favored by seven or fewer points, according to OddsShark. The Patriots have covered the spread in 10 of their last 12 games and 11 of their last 15, OddsShark said, which is amazing because they’ve been the NFL’s premier team for years and betting lines usually reflect that.

But recency bias has a strong influence, and the last thing fans saw was a huge Eagles win over Minnesota.

“I thought it was recency bias to open it at 6,” Alexander said of the opening line. “We saw Tom Brady struggle a bit against Jacksonville (in the AFC championship game) and we saw Nick Foles became Johnny Unitas against Minnesota. It’s totally recency bias. It’s amazing. How many times do you have to see this movie?”

Alexander said he took the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl, and will be taking them again this year.

“I’ll happily take Tom Brady over Nick Foles on a neutral field,” Alexander said.

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Week 1: Patriots 27, Chiefs 42

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Week 2: Patriots 36, Saints 20

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Week 3: Patriots 36, Texans 33

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Week 4: Patriots 30, Panthers 33

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Week 5: Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14

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Week 6: Patriots 24, Jets 17

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Week 7: Patriots 23, Falcons 7

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Week 8: Patriots 21, Chargers 13

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Week 9: Bye

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Week 10: Patriots 41, Broncos 16

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Week 11: Patriots 33, Raiders 8

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Week 12: Patriots 35, Dolphins 17

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Week 13: Patriots 23, Bills 3

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Week 14: Patriots 20, Dolphins 27

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Week 15: Patriots 27, Steelers 24

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Week 16: Patriots 37, Bills 16

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Week 17: Patriots 26, Jets 6

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Wild Card round: Bye

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Divisional Round: Patriots 35, Titans 14

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Championship Round: Patriots 24, Jaguars 20

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