Shortly after Peyton Manning and the Broncos put the San Diego Chargers playoff run on ice the odds makers issued a seven point spread for Sunday’s AFC Championship meeting between Denver and New England. Denver, which will host the Patriots, was the obvious favorite, but the early money came in on New England. The latest 2014 AFC Championship Odds posting from offshore bookmaker Carbon Sports has Manning and company listed as a -5 home favorite. The NFL Odds game total for the 2014 AFC Championship Game is set at 55 points.
The Broncos were forced to sweat a little bit in yesterday’s Divisional Round playoff against the Chargers as San Diego rallied to score 17 fourth quarter points, but the outcome seemed pretty certain all along. Denver was in control almost throughout and they were able to preserve their lead with a 10 play, 40 yard drive at the end of regulation.
New England had an easier time with Indianapolis on Saturday night as it dispatched the Colts 43-22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Andrew Luck and company kept things close for three quarters, but the Patriots pulled away in the final frame, outpacing Indy 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
Despite the Pats slightly easier Divisional Round affair and their 34-31 overtime win over the Broncos on November 24th, Denver is laying more than a field goal in the AFC Championship Game. New England’s four road losses as well as the Broncos 8-1 home record are, obviously, significant factors in the line. The Patriots only lost one away game by more than four points, though, and that came in Week 5 match-up with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
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2014 AFC Championship Odds: Provided by CarbonSports.ag
New England Patriots +5 (-115), Over 55 (-110), +180 (Moneyline)
Denver Broncos -5 (-105), Under 55 (-110), -215 (Moneyline)