While many thought that the Kansas City Chiefs were far and away from the best team in the AFC prior to the season, many have changed their minds after the 17 games of a regular season. Kansas City’s offense took a couple of steps back, and their defense was very questionable for much of the season. With that being said, the Chiefs are still the favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Let’s take a look at the AFC Conference Championship odds for all seven teams in the AFC playoff field.
Betting Projections for AFC Conference Winners
Kansas City Chiefs +200
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense can be nearly unstoppable at times. However, teams have somewhat figured out how to slow down this powerhouse by using shell coverage and making Mahomes check down to the short routes. The Chiefs still have enough weapons to overcome this strategy, but we still have doubts about them on the defensive side of the ball. We like the Chiefs to get to the AFC title game, but we’re not sure that they’ll get to the Super Bowl.
Tennessee Titans +340
The Titans are the top seed in the AFC, thus having a bye in the Wild Card round. Tennessee has proved its doubters wrong numerous times throughout the season. With a healthy AJ Brown and Julio Jones to go along with the returning Derrick Henry, the Titans’ offense could be very tough to stop, especially if Henry is back to his old self. Mike Vrabel brings toughness and a swagger to the Titans, and we think that they’re going to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl.
Buffalo Bills +360
Josh Allen has the ability to carry a team on his back. While the Buffalo offense has looked bad at times, Allen knows that he was close to a Super Bowl last season, and he’ll do anything to get his team there. Buffalo also has a very good defense. Their lack of a running game could come back to haunt them in the playoffs.
New England +900
The Patriots will face their old friends in Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs. New England has a rookie quarterback, and that could be an issue in the playoffs. It’s hard to argue against Belichick’s success, and his ability to shut down the star player of his opponents. We don’t think they can beat the Bills, but you never know…….
Cincinnati Bengals +900
Joe Burrow and the Bengals are one of the hottest teams heading into the playoffs. In the last couple of games that the full offense played, the Bengals have been nearly unstoppable. We’ll see if Burrow is nervous in his first playoff appearance, but even if he is, he’ll find a way to at least win one game.
Las Vegas Raiders +2000
The Raiders have overcome a lot of obstacles this season to make it to this point in the season, but the fun has to end somewhere, and we just don’t see them getting out of Cincinnati. The Bengals destroyed the Raiders in Week 11. That won’t happen again, as the game will be much closer, but the result will be the same.
Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
Pittsburgh needed a ton of luck to get into the playoffs, and they’ll need a ton of luck to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s not going to happen. Ben Roethlisberger’s career will end in Kansas City this weekend.
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