Super Bowl LII Status Update

The Teams

Philadelphia: The Eagles arrived in Minneapolis first, touching down at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday the 28th. They are staying at the Raddison Blu at the Mall of America where they were greeted by enormous images of Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, and Fletcher Cox adorning the windows above a marquee that said “Welcome Eagles.” The hotel is about 12 miles from the University of Minnesota where the team is practicing and about 11 miles away from US Bank Stadium. NJ.com has reported that restaurants in the Twin Cities have told Eagles’ players that they “couldn’t get them in” when they called to make reservations.

New England: The Patriots arrived a day after the Eagles and are staying at the JW Marriott attached to Mall of America. The defending champions have been making use of the Vikings’ practice facilities about 15 miles from the stadium, out in Eden Prairie. While the Eagles can’t get dinner reservations, many news outlets are reporting that the Patriots are quite popular in town.

The Players

As I mentioned on Monday, there wasn’t a whole lot in the injury report this week. However, the biggest piece of the puzzle was resolved today as Rob Gronkowski cleared the concussion protocol and has officially been green lighted to participate fully in Sunday’s game. Obviously knowing now that Gronk will definitely play gives the Eagles a chance to further cement their game plan in the lead up. The biggest question I had when I read that he was cleared involved the point spread . . .

The Line

The spread hasn’t really moved much which is typical. As of 10:30pm on Thursday, most bookmakers had the Patriots holding tight as a 4.5 point favorite. Every Patriots Super Bowl under Belichick has been a one-possession game with last year’s 6-point victory the widest final margin, win or lose. Obviously that 6-point win came by way of a “walk off” touchdown in the only overtime game in Super Bowl history.

The Tickets

If you just today decided that you want to attend the Super Bowl, I have some good news for you: there are absolutely tickets available on the secondary market. StubHub lists quite a few tickets, but this is where I should mention that I also have some bad news. The cheapest seat offered on StubHub is $3,150 (Section 303; before fees and taxes) and the most expensive ticket is listed at $100,000. According to the ticket broker, this is what the view is like from Section 303:

The Picks

The SportsIntel editors will be releasing our long-awaited game selections tomorrow so check back for your final word on the big game!

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