The AFC Divisional Playoffs get underway this weekend, but Sportsbook.ag is already taking a peek ahead, having issued some updated Odds to Win 2014 AFC Championship Game. Not surprisingly, the top seeded Denver Broncos are the favorite to represent the AFC in next month’s Super Bowl, drawing a -160 money line ($160 wins $100) from the offshore bookmaker. The second seeded New England Patriots are a second pick at +320 NFL Odds while the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts are getting +650 and +850 odds, respectively, to win next weekend’s conference championship game.
While the odds makers like Denver’s AFC Championship chances, the Broncos themselves may be feeling a bit of trepidation. Denver had the top seed a season ago and was famously upended by the Baltimore Ravens at Mile High in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Peyton Manning and company will contend with a San Diego team this weekend that handed them their only regular season home loss and should they get past the Chargers, they will likely face a Patriots team that defeated them 34-31 in Foxborough on November 24th.
That said, New England may have some anxieties of its own. The Patriots did, indeed, beat the Broncos, but their road record is suspect as they suffered away losses to the Bengals, Jets, Panthers, and Dolphins.
The sixth seeded Chargers, who will play the remainder of their postseason existence on the road, earned a 19-9 win over the Colts in addition to their 27-20 victory at Denver. San Diego has also scored big road wins over the Eagles, Chiefs, and Bengals.
Indianapolis, which lost 24-59 at New England last year, knocked off Denver 39-33 at Lucas Oil Stadium, giving it a 1-1 record against the remaining AFC Playoff teams.
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Odds to Win 2014 AFC Championship Game: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Denver Broncos -160
New England Patriots +320
San Diego Chargers +650
Indianapolis Colts +800