2014 AFC Championship Odds

patriots tom brady holding helmetThe 2013 NFL regular season kicks off next Thursday, September 5th when the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game is a rematch of last year’s Divisional Round playoff stunner which saw the Ravens defeat the heavily favored Broncos 38-35 in double overtime. The odds makers at Sportsbook.ag expect Denver to exact revenge next week as Peyton Manning and company are presently listed as a -8 against the spread favorite. The offshore book likes the Broncos to win more than just their season opener, though. Denver is a +220 moneyline favorite to win the conference championship in Sportsbook’s latest 2014 AFC Championship Odds release. The New England Patriots are a second pick at +400 odds while the Houston Texans are third with a +700 listing. The aforementioned Ravens are a ways down the list, coming in at +1500 NFL odds to retain their conference title.

Denver Broncos (+220): Denver had an unbelievable run last season, winning its final 11 games to earn the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. As mentioned, the Broncos momentum did not carry over to the postseason as they gave one away at home to the Ravens. Despite Denver’s early playoff exit and a host of problems (injuries, suspensions, etc.) heading into the 2013 season, the odds makers like the team’s chances this year. With a healthy Peyton Manning under center, it is not difficult to understand why.

New England Patriots (+400): New England, despite another fantastic season, fell short in its bid for another championship. The Patriots were ousted by the Ravens at home in the AFC Championship Game, thus extending their Super Bowl victory drought to nine years. The off-season brought a great deal of change in Foxborough as the Pats lost a number of receiving weapons, including Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Brandon Lloyd; however, two things remained the same: the quarterback and head coach. As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are a tandem in New England the Patriots are a threat to win the conference.

Houston Texans (+700): The Texans have been elite level team the past two seasons, posting a 22-10 regular season record while going 2-2 in the playoffs. Houston should maintain control of the AFC South this season with Indianapolis the only series threat to challenge J.J. Watt and company. Should the Texans find a way to secure home field advantage they will be a difficult out in the playoffs.

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2014 AFC Championship Odds: Provided by Sportsbook.ag

Denver Broncos +220
New England Patriots +400
Houston Texans +700
Indianapolis Colts +1200
Cincinnati Bengals +1300
Pittsburgh Steelers +1300
Baltimore Ravens +1500
Miami Dolphins +2000
Kansas City Chiefs +2200
San Diego Chargers +3000
Cleveland Browns +3000
Buffalo Bills +4000
New York Jets +5000
Tennessee Titans +6000
Oakland Raiders +7500
Jacksonville Jaguars +15000