Updated Odds To Win The AFC
The betting odds to win the individual division, conference championships, and Super Bowl are constantly in a state of flux. This is because things can happen, most commonly major injuries that drastically alter the chances of a team winning any or all of those titles. The perfect example of that in the AFC has to be the Oakland raiders. With the loss of their starting QB, they have suddenly gone from one of the favorites to a longshot pick to even get out of the Wild Card weekend. There are 6 teams left heading into this weekend, so let’s look at how all their odds to win the AFC look now.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Updated Odds To Win The AFC
Houston Texans (+1800)
The AFC South division winners are far from being a perfect team, as they have a bit of a controversy going at the QB position. The Houston Texans spent a lot of money in the offseason to bring in Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos, but he has been a bit of a bust, and was benched in favor of Mike Savage for the final 2 weeks of the season. Savage is hurt now, and Osweiler will start this weekend versus the Oakland Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs (+330)
The Chiefs slipped into the #2 seed after the Raiders stumbled in the closing couple of weeks. They will get a bye in the first round, and will then have the benefit of hosting a divisional round game, with the Pittsburgh Steelers potentially being the team that they face next. KC are not what anyone would describe as an explosive team, but they are incredibly efficient on both sides of the ball.
Miami Dolphins (+2500)
Yet another team that has problems at the QB position. Matt Moore has filled in admirably for the injured Ryan Tannehill, but this is a career back-up who is not going to get his team to the promised land. The Dolphins are still hoping that Tannehill can go this weekend in Pittsburgh, but even if he can, how effective do they expect him to be?
New England Patriots (-190)
Tom Brady has once again delivered an MVP-caliber season, and the Patriots have done what they always do, which is to win. There were a lot of people who counted this team out when Rob Gronkowski went down for the year, but they simply haven’t blinked. The Patriots will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and are deservedly in the position of favorite.
Oakland Raiders (+2400)
What a difference a couple of weeks has made for this team. The Raiders were cruising to the number 2 seed before QB Derek Carr went down with a season ending injury. They handed the ball to Matt McGloin, and the results have been about what you would expect. This is a team filled with weapons, though, and they might just have a shot at getting past a flawed Texans team this weekend, but that would likely be as far as this group goes.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+300)
This may well be the team that no-one wants to face, as the Steelers are coming into the postseason on a 7-game winning streak. The “Killer B’s” of Brown, Bell, and Big Ben have been getting all the headlines, but their young defense has also been doing their part, and have gelled brilliantly over the course of the season. I picked the Steelers to win the Super Bowl before the season began, and I am sticking with that prediction.