By Veronica Mackey
When the New England Patriots meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII, they are favored to win. After all, Tom Brady seems virtually unstoppable and they’ve proven their ability to make drastic comebacks in the past. Remember last year, when they were down and came back to beat the Atlanta Falcons? It was one of the greatest turnarounds in Super Bowl history
But not everyone is convinced that the Pats have enough “umph” this year to beat the Eagles, even with the power combo of Brady and Coach Bill Belichick. In fact, some are willing to put up major money against the favored New England team. A multimillion dollar wager has reportedly been placed on the Eagles to defeat the Patriots and win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Jay Rood, president of race and sports at MGM in Las Vegas, told ESPN it is one of the largest bets placed in Nevada in recent years. The exact amount and nature of the bet, as well as the identity of the gambler, are unknown. The very large wager caused the Patriots to drop from a 5.5 point to 4.5 point favorite.
Maybe the anonymous bettor knows something other people don’t. Or maybe the person sought advice from Alexa. That’s right. Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant dishes out Super Bowl predictions too. According to Philly.com, when asked which team it thinks will win, videos from across the country on social media show Alexa saying:
“I’m flying with the Eagles with this one because of their relentless defense and the momentum they’ve been riding off their underdog status. E-A-G-L-E-S. Eagles.”
The response was consistent in various places around the country—even in Patriot filled Massachusetts.
Can Philadelphia finally score a Super Bowl championship? Or will New England take home yet another victory? We’re all about to find out.
Kickoff is on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 PST in Minnesota. NBC will broadcast.