The New England Patriots had the top record in the AFC last season, and they also managed to win the AFC Championship Game before losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. As well, they still have Tom Brady leading the way on offense.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Patriots are leading the way on the odds to win the AFC Championship this season at Bovada. Brady and company are pegged at 11/4 odds on that list with the league’s preseason schedule well underway. New England won the AFC East at 13-3 last year, going 9-6-1 ATS for its supporters.
That has New England just ahead of the Houston Texans, who sit at 11/2 on the odds to win the AFC Championship. The Texans won the AFC South last year with a 10-6 record (11-5 against the spread), but lost starting QB Matt Schaub to a foot injury in Week 10. Houston still beat Cincinnati in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Baltimore.
And the Ravens are next at 7/1 on the odds to win the AFC Championship at Bovada, where they’re tied with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos. Baltimore and Pittsburgh had identical 12-4 records atop the AFC North last season, with the Ravens earning the division title on a tiebreaker; they lost 23-20 to the Pats in the AFC title game.
The Steelers were one and done in last year’s playoffs, losing 29-23 in the Wild Card round to a Broncos team led by Tim Tebow. With Tebow gone – and a newcomer named Peyton Manning now in the fold – the Broncos will be looking for more playoff success this year.
The San Diego Chargers (10/1) and Tebow’s new team the New York Jets (14/1) lead the second tier of AFC contenders on the NFL futures at Bovada, with the Bengals listed at 16/1 on the odds to win the conference title after they slipped into the playoffs at 9-7 last season only to get thumped 31-10 by the Texans.
The Kansas City Chiefs are then at 20/1 on the odds to win the AFC Championship, with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Tennessee Titans at 25/1, the Oakland Raiders at 28/1, and the Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck at 50/1.
The Cleveland Browns (70/1) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (75/1) are then the long shots on those conference title odds. The Jaguars continue to hold camp without star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is still on a contract holdout.