With just four more weeks of NFL regular season action remaining after this weekend’s slate of Week 13 games, NFL betting enthusiasts everywhere want to know which teams could possibly represent the AFC in this season’s Super Bowl 52 showdown in February.
Well, that’s where I come in! Thanks to the expert knowledge that I’m about to drop with my betting projections for each possible AFC conference winner, you’re going to have a great idea of what to expect over the final four-plus weeks of the regular season, including Week 13.
Okay, with all of that said, let’s check the latest odds to win the AFC and get down to business.
NFL Betting Odds & Projections to Win the AFC
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New England (9-2 SU, 7-4 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: -125
The Patriots are tied with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the AFC in what kind of looks like a two-team race to the conference championship just waiting to happen. I’ve got Tom Brady and company winning in Buffalo this weekend and Miami in Week 14 before somehow getting the short end of the stick in Week 15 on the road against the Steelers.
No matter, the Pats will close out the regular season with a pair of home wins against the Bills and Jets to finish at 13-3 SU and I’ll say, 10-6 ATS as they fail to cover the chalk against a couple of really high point spreads.
Pittsburgh (9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +200
Believe it or not, I’m thinking the Steelers could get upset by Cincinnati this weekend, before bouncing back to beat both, Baltimore and New England at home and then closing out the regular season with a road win in Houston and a home victory against the pitiful Browns.
From where I’m sitting, Pittsburgh finishes at 13-3 SU and 9-7 ATS while getting home-field advantage throughout the playoffs because of their head-to-head win against New England.
Tennessee (7-4 SU, 4-6-1 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +1500
I’ve got Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans winning at home against Houston this weekend, at Arizona in Week 14 and at Frisco the following week before finally losing to the rams at home in Week 16 and closing out their 2017 campaign with a big home win against Jacksonville to finish at 11-5 SU and 8-7-1 ATS. Yes, it’s that simple.
Jacksonville (7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +1100
The Jags will beat Indy at home this weekend before losing to Seattle at home in Week 14. Jacksonville then gets past Houston at home in Week 15 before beating San Francisco in Week 16 and suffering a crushing road loss against Tennessee in their regular-season finale to finish at 10-6 SU and 9-7 ATS.
Kansas City (6-5 SU, 6-5 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +800
The Chiefs have fallen completely apart over the last seven weeks, but they’ll beat the Jets this weekend in New York before handling Oakland at home and then losing a difficult home matchup against the Chargers. Season-ending wins at home against Miami and in Denver will leave the Chiefs at 10-6 SU and ATS, even if this team could have been so much more following their pristine 5-0 start.
L.A. Chargers (5-6 SU, 6-4-1 TS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +1100
Philip Rivers and the Bolts have a really nice sense of urgency going right now and I believe they’ll continue to excel over their final five games. First, L.A. will beat both, the Browns and Redskins at home the next two weeks before pulling off the huge upset in Kansas City and then finishing with a road win against the Jets and a home victory against Oakland.
Call me crazy, but I’ve got the Chargers running the table from here on out to finish at 10-6 SU / 11-4-1 ATS and winning the AFC West.
Cincinnati (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +3300
Call me crazy, but I like the Bengals to upset Pittsburgh at home this weekend before beating down the lowly Bears at home in week 14. Cincy then loses at Minnesota before closing out its 2017 regular season with a win at home against Detroit and a road win against Baltimore to finish at 9-7 SU and 10-6 ATS.
Baltimore (6-5 SU, 5-5-1 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +1600
The Ravens somehow manage to get past Detroit this weekend (I think) before losing at Pittsburgh in Week 14. Baltimore then gets past Cleveland on the road and Indianapolis at home in Week 16 before suffering a crushing, season-ending home upset loss against the Bengals to finish either 9-7 SU and 8-7-1 ATS or 8-8 SU and 7-8-1 ATS if they lose to the Lions.
Buffalo (6-5 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +4000
The Bills will be on the wrong end of a convincing smackdown at home against New England this weekend before managing to get past Indianapolis and Miami the next two weeks. Buffalo will then suffer another loss at New England in Week 16 before beating Miami for the second time this season in their regular season finale to finish at 9-7 or possibly 8-8 if they split with the Dolphins.
Oakland (5-6 SU, 4-6-1 ATS)
- NFL Betting Odds to Win the AFC: +2000
I’ve got Derek Carr and the Raiders beating the Giants this weekend at home before losing in Kansas City in Week 14. A home win over Dallas will follow before the Raiders close out their disappointing 2017 season with a pair of road losses at Philadelphia and against the division rival Chargers to finish at 7-9 SU and 6-9-1 ATS.
Expert Picks for Playoffs: Pittsburgh 13-3, New England 13-3, Tennessee 11-5, L.A. Chargers 10-6, Jacksonville 10-6, Kansas City 10-6