Will the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs claim back-to-back AFC conference championships? Could the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens – or some other AFC title hopeful beat out Patrick Mahomes and company for the AFC crown?
In the NFC, will Drew Brees and the favored Saints finally overcome their series of crushing postseason failures to escape with the conference championship or could New Orleans get upset for the NFC title by the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Green Bay Packers?
With the 2020 NFL regular season moving further into the second half of what has been a wildly entertaining campaign, it’s time to take a look at the value-packed NFL odds to win both conference championships.
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|2020 AFC Championship Contenders||Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+170|
|New England Patriots||+3300|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+6600|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+2200|
|New York Jets||+100000|
AFC Conference Analysis
Kansas City is 8-1 heading into Week 10 while looking like a virtual lock to at least reach the AFC Championship game this season as they rank second in scoring (31.8 ppg) and an equally impressive sixth in points allowed (20.3 ppg). The Chiefs have more talent at the skill positions that any team in the league – and arguably the best quarterback in all of football in Patrick Mahomes, who has thrown a mind-boggling 25 TD passes and just one interception.
The unbeaten AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) also have the look of a team that is going to be difficult, if not impossible, to beat this coming postseason. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 18 TD passes and just four interceptions this season and the Steelers are ranked a stellar fifth in scoring (29.4 ppg) and identical fifth in points allowed (20.1 ppg).
The Baltimore Ravens (6-2) still have the league’s reigning MVP in dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, not to mention an offense that ranks an encouraging eighth in scoring (28.4 ppg) and a phenomenal defense that ranks first in fewest points allowed (17.8 ppg). If Jackson can improve as a pocket passer moving forward, the sky’s the limit for Baltimore.
Another team that looks like the could very well win the AFC Championship is the Buffalo Bills (7-2). The AFC East leaders rank 14th in scoring (26.5 ppg) and have an outstanding defense that should only get better moving further into the season as they rank a modest 19th in points allowed (25.9 ppg) heading into Week 10.
Outside of those four top favorites to win the AFC, I like the Tennessee Titans to have a good chance after reaching last season’s conference title tilt opposite Kansas City. Tennessee (62) is sitting atop the AFC South standings while ranking an encouraging seventh in scoring (29.0 ppg). While Tennessee’s defense has been mediocre so far this season in ranking a modest16th in points allowed (25.1 ppg), I can easily see the Titans pulling off an upset or two in the playoffs behind the powerful rushing of Derrick Henry and underrated passing of veteran Ryan Tannehill.
I love the direction the Miami Dolphins franchise is heading in, but the Fins clearly need at least another season or two before they become real threats to win the AFC. I also like Indianapolis, but I’d like the Colts a lot more if Philip Rivers would stop tossing out interceptions like they’re Halloween candy!
|2020 NFC Championship Contenders||Odds|
|San Francisco 49ers||+3000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+400|
|New Orleans Saints||+270|
|Green Bay Packers||+400|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1000|
|New York Giants||+8000|
|Washington Football Team||+4500|
NFC Conference Analysis
In the NFC, the NFC South-leading Saints (6-2) are looking great heading into Week 10. New Orleans ranks a stellar fourth in scoring (30.5 ppg) and a decent, 14th in points allowed (25.0 ppg). More importantly, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees has looked increasingly better with each passing week and heads into Week 10 with 17 TD passes and just three interceptions.
Then, there’s Tampa Bay. The Bucs are 6-3 and sitting in second place in the NFC South heading into Week 10. Tampa Bay has a stingy defense that ranks ninth in points allowed (22.6 ppg) and an offense that ranks an identical ninth in scoring (27.8 ppg). Still, it’s tough for me to get past Tampa Bay’s two blowout losses against New Orleans this season and I just don’t see them getting past New Orleans if they meet in the playoffs. The Bucs are ranked an uninspiring 22nd in total offense, 16th in passing and a dismal 30th in rushing and those are numbers that should have every NFL betting enthusiast worried.
Another team that I expect to challenge for the conference title is Seattle. I know the the NFC West-leading Seahawks (6-2) have been borderline incompetent defensively this season in ranking a pitiful 30th in points allowed (30.4 ppg), but Seattle also leads the NFL in scoring (34.3 ppg) and has a superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson that knows exactly what it takes to win a Super Bowl title.
Then there’s Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The NFC North leaders (6-2) are ranked an outstanding third in scoring (31.6 ppg), but just 17th in points allowed (25.5 ppg). Still, the Packers already beat New Orleans in Week 3 and that says Green Bay could beat any team in the league on any given day. Plus, the Pack have their own Super Bowl-winning signal-caller in the incomparable Rodgers who has tossed a phenomenal 24 TD passes with only two interceptions.
I also love Arizona, but believe the Cardinals are still a couple of players away on the defensive side of the ball to really challenge. The L.A. Rams will also be in the mix, but something is lacking for the Rams and it’s not quarterback Jared Goff, a player I have repeatedly bashed.
As far as my hometown Philadelphia Eagles are concerned, I’m stunned the Birds are a +1600 pick to win anything, seeing as how quarterback Carson Wentz has regressed to the point of looking like a journeyman backup and has been tossing out interceptions faster than the still-rising coronavirus numbers in the U.S.