Las Vegas Sports Consultants have opened the St. Louis Rams as a 16-point favorite for next Sunday's Super Bowl against the surprising New England Patriots.
The Rams earned a trip to New Orleans with a hard-fought 29-24 victory over Philadelphia. The Eagles were able to cover the 11-point spread.
The Patriots continued to defy the experts with a 24-17 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. New England was a 10-point underdog in most books.
The 16-point opening odds is the third highest in Super Bowl history and the most since San Francisco was an 18-point favorite over the San Diego Chargers in 1995. The 49ers won that game, 49-26.
The over/under for Super Bowl XXVI is 53 points.