While the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys are the two favorites to win the Super Bowl at the online sportsbook, here we’ll review the odds to win the 2015 AFC Conference Championship.
The top two teams to come out of the AFC are the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Curiously, Indy has a slight edge over the Pats to claim the AFC crown, with a Colts trip to the Super Bowl earning a +320 payout and the Pats returning a +330 payday. However, New England has a better chance to win the Super Bowl in the eyes of the online sportsbooks, having a 7:1 payout while the Colts are 8:1 odds to win it all.
Obviously, the news of Tom Brady’s suspension and all the drama associated with Deflategate has put a damper on the start of New England’s season. The Pats opened as a 7-point favorite in their Thursday Night season opener against Pittsburgh, and the online sportsbooks that are even taking action on the game have the Pats all the way down to a 2.5-point choice.
The Colts won 11 games last year, and have little competition in the weak AFC South. Last year there were just four teams that finished with 3 or fewer victories, and two of those four teams reside in this conference (Jacksonville and Tennessee). With four combined games against those two clubs, the Colts schedule is kind and they are almost assuredly going to win the division barring any injuries.
The Pats have a bit of a tougher road ahead – especially with the distinct possibility of not having Tom Brady for the first four games of the season. However, after they get Brady back we wouldn’t want to bet against the Patriots playing with something to prove.
Denver is next on the list to come out of the AFC with a 5:1 payout. Peyton Manning is back, and he’ll have a new head coach and a revamped offensive line. Not sure how much Manning has left in the tank, and if Manning goes down with an injury then the Broncos are doomed. Not out of the realm of possibility for Denver to reach the Super Bowl, but we don’t like the risk-reward here.
Baltimore is the final team with odds less than 10:1, paying out at +900 to win the conference. Not much bad to say about the Ravens other than they reside in an extremely competitive AFC North where we could honestly see the Ravens, Bengals, or Steelers finishing on top of the standings. 9:1 is a pretty good payout, but the Pats and Colts sure look like the safer NFL Futures bet.
We’ll be back next week with a look at the NFC Conference Championship betting odds.