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Pats Favored Again: Opening Odds For Super Bowl 51

What: NFL Super Bowl 51
When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas 
Opening odds: New England -3, O/U 58.5

The New England Patriots are in a familiar role on February 5: they’ll be the Super Bowl favorites. 

The Pats opened as 3-point faves over the Atlanta Falcons shortly after the conference championship games finished up on Sunday, which marks the fifth time in the seven Tom Brady Super Bowls that New England will be favored. 

That might make New England bettors a little nervous because the Pats are 0-4 against the spread as favorites in the Brady era – including a pair of straight-up losses to the Giants in 2008 and 2012. 

The total opened at 58.5, which marks an all-time Super Bowl high, and some books even moved the number up to 59 on Monday. The previous high was set in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts saw a number of 57. 

The Saints won 31-17 that year and the 48 points combined fell under the total by nine points. And much like this year’s Falcons, the Saints entered that game as the No. 1 scoring team in the NFL. 

Atlanta backers may want to note the Saints victory was the only time a No. 1 scoring offense won or covered the spread in a Super Bowl since 2000. They are now 1-5 straight up and against the spread in Super Bowls since the turn of the millennium. 

New England has seen totals in the 50s in three of their six Super Bowls under Tom Brady and all three fell UNDER the number. 

Including Super Bowl 51, New England has been a part of four of the six biggest Super Bowl totals ever. Atlanta, meanwhile, is playing in just its second Super Bowl ever after losing to the Broncos 34-19 in Super Bowl 33 in 1999.

Follow the latest Super Bowl odds here leading right up to kickoff. 

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