NFL Betting Trends- 2013 AFC Odds to Make the Playoffs
The quest to win this year’s Super Bowl gets underway in two weeks with the start of a new 16-game NFL regular season. It is pretty obvious that to have any chance of winning a Super Bowl a team has to first qualify for one of six playoff spots in their respective conference. NFL Betting Trends will take a closer look at Bovada’s futures odds for all 32 team’s chances to make this season’s playoffs starting with the 16 in the AFC.
Playoff Locks– Denver (-1000), New England (-500), Houston (-450)
All three of these teams have been opened as heavy favorites to win their division this season after claiming their respective title last season. Both Denver and New England have been faced with so serious personnel issues heading into the 2013 season, but as long as you have quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady running the show, your team is probably going to win enough games to earn a playoff berth. The Texans have some injury concerns, especially with Arian Foster’s back, but this team is still the cream of the crop in the AFC South.
Legitimate Contenders– Pittsburgh (-150), Cincinnati (-115), Baltimore (100)
Only one of these three teams would be guaranteed a playoff spot by winning its division since all three reside in the AFC North, but the others could easily qualify as the two wildcard teams. That was the case in 2011 when Baltimore won the North and both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were the wildcard teams. The Steelers have actually been opened as slight favorites to win the AFC North this season after missing the playoffs last year with a record of 8-8.
Top Valued Longshots– Indianapolis (+145), Miami (+195), San Diego (+275), Kansas City (+300), Buffalo (+350)
The Colts stunned the football world last season with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck at the helm by going from just two victories in 2011 to an 11-5 record in 2012. The team drew its inspiration and motivation from head coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with cancer as raw emotion helped drive this team to victory. Miami has missed the playoffs the last four seasons, but are in good shape to get over the hump if second-year player Ryan Tannehill continues to grow in the role of the team’s franchise quarterback. The other three teams would need quite a few things to go right to make it into the playoffs this season, but veteran head coach Andy Reid has enough talent on his roster right now to turn things around in a hurry in Kansas City.
Worst to First Miracles– Cleveland (+450), Tennessee (+500), New York (+600), Oakland (+1000), Jacksonville (+1500)
The prospect for one of these five teams making a serious run at the postseason would be considered slim at best, but do not tell them that. Second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden has looked sharp for Cleveland in the preseason, but the cards are already stacked against the Browns playing in the AFC North. The Titans are still trying to decide if Jake Locker is the answer at quarterback while the Jets are still looking for either veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith to step-up and seize the starting role. Oakland and Jacksonville once again find themselves in what appears to be a never ending rebuilding mode.
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