Updated Odds to Win the AFC

Updated Odds to Win the AFC

Based on the updated odds to win the AFC, the conference with New England, Denver and Pittsburgh appears to be deeper than the NFC with Dallas, Green Bay and Seattle.

New England is the favorite at -150, but Denver is at +250 and no team is more than a +2000 underdog to win the AFC. Is New England worthy of its favorite status? Can Denver bounce back and upset New England on the road? Is there a dog that could possibly beat one of the top two seeds?

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Updated Odds To Win The AFC

New England Patriots -150 – The odds are in line with what football handicappers would expect. Seattle is at -150 to win the NFC. So, why would New England be a bigger favorite than Seattle to win the AFC?  The Patriots finished up the regular season by barely beating the Jets 17 to 16 and losing straight up to Buffalo 9 to 17. Because the Patriots can play man coverage in defense, its cornerbacks are Darrelle Revis and Brian Browner, they can rush passers on almost every passing down and have the ability to stop an opposing teams rushing defense. The Pats are also balanced on offense. Playing at home makes New England formidable.

Denver Broncos +250 – The odds on Denver imply that they have a huge shot to win the AFC, but the Broncos may not have a good enough pass-blocking offensive line to protect Peyton Manning when push comes to shove. How good is the line?  Denver fans cannot expect the Broncos to run their way to a Super Bowl appearance.

Pittsburgh Steelers +800 – Pittsburgh is balanced on offense, but Le’Veon Bell, their top running back, is down with a knee injury. Bell had the ability to dominate opposing offenses, meaning that his absence could affect what Pittsburgh is able to do when they have the ball. Bell’s status is listed as questionable. Even if he plays in the Wildcard Round against AFC North rival Baltimore, Bell may not be able to go at 100%. Pitt is tough to back at the odds.

Indianapolis Colts +1200 – The betting odds make Indianapolis an underlay. The Colts have the best offense in the NFL based on yards per game at over 100, but Indy is one-dimensional on offense. Without the ability to rush the ball, and with a defense that has some trouble stopping the rush, Indy may not beat Cincinnati this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens +1600 – The Ravens have that look about them that should frighten some of the favorites in the AFC. The Baltimore defense is allowing only 88.2 yards per game on the ground. That gives the Baltimore defense an edge when it faces opponents, but that edge comes with a price. The Ravens’ pass defense allows 248.7 yards per game. If Baltimore can find a way to keep quarterbacks like Roethlisberger, Brady and Manning under control, it can win the AFC.

Cincinnati Bengals +2000 – Cincinnati is the longest shot on the board, but that doesn’t seem fair. The Bengals have played very well lately and have a legitimate top running back in rookie Jeremy Hill. Hill can carry the load in the running game. Even though Cincinnati will be without wide-receiver A.J. Green in the Wildcard Round, QB Andy Dalton has other weapons that he can utilize. The Bengals are a long shot, but there are some things to like about them to win the AFC.

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