There have been 49 Super Bowl games played to this point, and the AFC has had 23 winners over that time period. While the 6 teams representing the AFC are only really concerned about their own games, the football fan who doesn’t have a dog in this NFL odds fight will likely want their conference to win. If you are an AFC person, then here are the teams that will be representing you, as well as their odds of winning.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 9, 2016
Denver Broncos (+350)
The #1 seed in the AFC gets to play on home field throughout the playoffs, which really is a huge advantage. There are questions about the health and ability of Peyton Manning, but there are definitely not any question marks about the Broncos defense, which has been nothing short of spectacular this season.
New England Patriots (+350)
The Patriots didn’t exactly end the regular season on a high, but with Tom Brady at the helm and Bill Belicheck putting game plans together, this is a team that certainly has a legitimate shot of becoming a back to back champion. Injuries are a concern, but the Patriots are a deep squad that is always well prepared.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+600)
If the Steelers are going to win their 7th Super Bowl, they are more than likely going to have to do it through the air attack. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Steelers have the best receiving group in the league, not to mention a QB that has led his team to the Super Bowl on 3 separate occasions.
Kansas City Chiefs (+1700)
You don’t really get the sense that this is a championship team, mostly because they don’t really have any big name stars in the line-up. They are incredibly well coached, though, and they seem like a very tight unit. You don’t string together 10 straight wins in this league without having a little something special going on.
Cincinnati Bengals (+2000)
This is a team that you would not have been able to get at such long odds just a few short weeks ago. This is what happens, though, when your starting QB goes down with an injury and you are forced to head into the Wild Card weekend with a backup QB at the helm. If the Bengals can get past the Steelers, they may have Andy Dalton ready to go next week, but that is a very big if.
Houston Texans (+6500)
This is a team that may not have made the playoffs were it not for the fact that they were in one of the weakest divisions in the league this season. You still have to give them credit for winning it, though, and when you have a game changer like J.J. Watt on your team, you can never be totally counted out.