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Patriots, Vikings, Steelers favorites in Las Vegas to win Super Bowl LII

The New England Patriots head into the playoffs as the consensus favorites to win Super Bowl LII.

The Patriots are 2-1 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Minnesota Vikings, who are hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, are next at 4-1, despite being the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.

The Philadelphia Eagles, the top seed in the NFC, are 15-1. The loss of quarterback Carson Wentz to injury in early December dropped the Eagles from NFC favorites to a second-tier contender. They have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but have worse odds than the New Orleans Saints (5-1) and Los Angeles Rams (12-1) in the NFC.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-2, followed by Kansas Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars at 20-1 in the AFC.

At 100-1, the Buffalo Bills are the biggest long shots in the field. The Bills were 500-1 at some sportsbooks in early December, but won three of their last four and got help from the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 to end a 17-year playoff drought.

The Bills are 8-point road underdogs to the Jaguars in the wild-card round. Jacksonville winning the Super Bowl is the best-case scenario for Caesars Palace sportsbooks.

In the other AFC wild-card game, the Chiefs are 7.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans.

In the NFC, the Rams are home 5.5-point favorites over the Falcons. The Saints are 6-point home favorites over the division rival Carolina Panthers.

New England began the season as the Super Bowl favorite and, after a few early hiccups, remained on top of Las Vegas odds for the majority of the season.

At William Hill's Nevada sportsbooks, 26 percent of the money bet on the odds to win the Super Bowl is on the Patriots -- more than double the amount that has been bet on any other team. The largest bet on the Patriots at William Hill is $53,700 at +280 odds, placed on Sept. 7. The bet would net a $150,360 return if the Patriots win their third Super Bowl in the past four seasons.

The next largest Super Bowl bet William Hill took during the season was $20,000 on the Falcons at 15-1 odds, placed Nov. 4. Atlanta winning the Super Bowl is the worst-case scenario for William Hill's book.

The AFC is a 2.5-point favorite over the NFC in the early Super Bowl line at the Westgate SuperBook.