Free agency this season was more like the trade deadline. And with that SportBet.com has released the updated NFL Futures including the 2020 odds to win the AFC Conference.
2020 Odds to win the AFC Conference
Betting Favorite To Win The AFC: Kansas City Chiefs +275
It’s impossible to look past the Kansas City Chiefs. KC played a marvelous Super Bowl. The Chiefs looked dead until a spirited fourth-quarter rally led to a 31-20 win. Kansas City scored 21 points in the fourth. They won the Vince Lombardi Trophy and covered the spread.
No doubt, the Chiefs will enter this season with the same mentality they had to end last season. The key will be whether Kansas City can improve just enough to hold off their AFC rivals. That’s where the problem lies. Even though the Chiefs are the best team in the American Football Conference, plenty of peers will have improved from 2019 to 2020.
Although Kansas City has the best quarterback, rivals will have figured out ways to defend Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City must be better in 2020 than they were in 2019 because their competition will have gotten better.
That may not happen. So, yes, even though KC offers fair odds to win the AFC, they’re not the best bet.
The Smart Betting Pick To Win The AFC: Tennessee Titans +1250
In the AFC Championship, the Tennessee Titans played great. They didn’t beat the Kansas Chiefs, falling 24-35, but they proved that they are a legit contender to win the 2021 Super Bowl. Last season, the Titans failed to get it going until they benched Marcus Mariota and went with former Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tanny went nuts. In 10 games, Ryan threw for 2,742 yards and completed 70.3% of his passes. He threw 22 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Seeing how awesome Tannehill had played, the Titans’ brass rewarded Ryan with a 4-year $118 million extension. Tannehill hands the ball off to RB Derrick Henry. DH might be the top running back in the NFL. He dominated in the playoffs, blasting the Patriots for 182 yards and Baltimore for 195 yards.
There’s room for improvement on the defense. If that happens through the draft or free agency, watch out. Tennessee can win the AFC.
The Long Shot Pick To Win The AFC: Miami Dolphins +4500
First, they don’t have to face Tom Brady twice a year. Next, this team is going to be a whole lot better after the Dolphins’ brain-trust did at free agency. In fact, Miami has agreed to terms with more free agents than anyone. They’ve paid more than anyone.
However, the team still needs a franchise QB. Will Miami trade up for Joe Burrow? Go all-in on Tua? Take a shot at Jalen Hurts or Justin Hebert?