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2013 AFC Championship Futures Odds

Training camps are opening this week across the country to get ready for the 2013 NFL regular season. Baltimore won the AFC in 2012 after defeating the Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game. The Ravens made a surprising run to win the 2012 Super Bowl, but it’s unlikely they repeat that feat again.

Odds to Win the AFC Conference & Divisions

Denver is the favorite to win the AFC this season after completing some big transactions including the signing of Welker. After a disappointing loss to the Ravens in the playoffs last year the Broncos will be looking to win the conference this season at the very least with the load of talent they have.

Bovada Sportsbook (USA)
NFL Team
AFC Conference Odds
AFC East Odds
AFC North Odds
AFC South Odds
AFC West Odds
New England Patriots+350-350---
Miami Dolphins+1800+300---
New York Jets+4000+1200---
Buffalo Bills+6600+1400---
Baltimore Ravens+900-+190--
Pittsburgh Steelers+1200-+200--
Cincinnati Bengals+1400-+200--
Cleveland Browns+4000-+650--
Houston Texans+650---225-
Indianapolis Colts+1500--+240-
Tennessee Titans+6600--+750-
Jacksonville Jaguars+7500--+2500-
Denver Broncos+250----500
San Diego Chargers+2000---+650
Kansas City Chiefs+2500---+650
Oakland Raiders+7500---+2000

Can Peyton Manning & the Broncos Win the AFC in 2013?

The Denver Broncos went 13-3 and had the best record during the regular season in the AFC. Denver had one of the best teams in the league last season on both sides of the football and this season the offense should be even more explosive with Welker.

Last season the Broncos averaged 283.4 PYPG (5th) and 114.5 RYPG (16th) offensively. Losing Willis McGahee will hurt the running game early on, but it’ll be interesting to see how rookie Montee Ball can develop. The passing game should improve into a T3 unit this season with the additions they made.

On defense Denver allowed an average of 199.6 PYPG (3rd) and 91.1 RYPG (3rd) last season. Dumervil is gone after a “fax” issue and replacing his 11 sacks will be tough. However, if the defense slips a bit the offense will more than make up for it.

Looking at the schedule the Broncos should win 12+ games. The schedule is tough with games against the Ravens and Giants in the opening two weeks, but after that it lightens up quite a bit. Other tough games are against the Patriots and Texans. Denver was 6-0 in the division in 2012 and should be again.

The main competition for the Broncos will be the Ravens after winning the Super Bowl in 2012, but I think they may stumble out of the blocks. The signing of Joe Flacco for $120M was excessive and it may not pan out until Baltimore surrounds him with more talent at WR.

The Ravens defense lost Lewis, Reed, Pollard, Kruger and Williams, but they improved the front seven with the signings of Canty, Spears and Dumervil. I was surprised they let Boldin go, as the pressure will now be on Torrey Smith to put up big WR1 numbers.

Houston ranked 8th in points scored (26 PPG) and 10th in points allowed (20.7 PPG) last season. They didn’t lose too much talent during the offseason and they may have found their WR2 after drafting DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th pick in the NFL draft.

New England is likely to make the playoffs due to the fact their in the weak AFC East, but I don’t think they’ll win the conference after the losses they’ve had. Welker, Hernandez, Lloyd, Woodhead, Chung and a few others are no longer with the Patriots.

The Patriots tried to address the WR position by signing Amendola and Michael Jenkins. Gronkowski isn’t ready to go yet, but on the bright side the Patriots have a nice running tandem of Ridley and Vereen. We should see Vereen used in the pass game a lot.

Cincinnati and Indianapolis both earned the two wild cards in the AFC last season. I expect these two to be even better in the upcoming season and it wouldn’t surprise me to see at least one of them win their division at the end of the regular season. Both of them could even pull it off although that’s unlikely.

2013 AFC Futures Best Bets

In the NFL playoffs anything can happen and it’s difficult to win the conference regardless of how good your team is. Denver has the best team in the conference on paper, but will they choke in the playoffs or make a run to the Super Bowl?

My money is on Denver making the Super Bowl this season out of the AFC. Baltimore has question marks at WR and a defense that will need time to gel. New England will struggle on offense this season and Houston needs a better QB to make a run at the Super Bowl in my opinion.

It’s going to be tough for any defense to stop the Broncos offense with the talent they have at QB and WR. Denver may be a bit weaker on defense, but they won’t regress too much from last season and if they can remain in the T10 that’d be good enough because this offense should put up a ton of points.

The AFC North is going to be tight again this season, but that means there is nice value on the top teams. Cincinnati was 10-6 and 3-3 in the division last season. If they can improve upon their record in the division they’ll have a chance to win the AFC North.

Cincy has a lot of young talent on the team and this year they picked up Tyler Eifert and Bernard Giovani in the draft. Last season the defense was a T10 unit and if the offense improves this season the Bengals could be one of the big surprises in 2013.

Baltimore and Pittsburgh are going to be close in the division as well and the Browns are no longer a walkover opponent. This is going to be the most exciting division in the AFC this season and it might only take 10 wins again to win this tight division.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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