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2012 – 2013 AFC Conference Futures Picks

Some mobile sportsbooks have recently posted futures odds on the NFL’s AFC Conference and we’ve spotted some great values in these numbers. Here are our early predictions for the 2012-2013 AFC Championship.

2012 – 2013 AFC Conference Predictions

New England Patriots (11-3, 9-6-1 ATS, -350*) Last year Tom Brady went 401-611 for 5235 regular season yards and another 878 in the postseason. Along the way he threw 47 touchdowns and fell just shy of taking it all in the Super Bowl. This year, you can expect the Pats to be serious contender for AFC title and maybe even the big prize.

Coming into 2012 they’re returning plenty of weapons, including Brady’s favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski. In 2011 Gronkowski had 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. This guy is nowhere near his prime and futures bettors can expect him to take New England deep into the postseason.

Brady and company catch a few scheduling breaks including a bye week before taking on the Buffalo Bills (6-10, 5-8-1 ATS) and missing out on Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4, 7-9 ) and the Giants (9-7, 8-7-1) entirely. If they can slip through back-to-back December games against Houston (10-6, 11-5 )  and San Francisco (13-3, 11-4-1), they’ve got a serious shot at taking the AFC Conference Championship and returning to the Super Bowl.

Brady and Company Picked to Win AFC East

New England Patriots are packed with stars and won’t have to worry too much about post-season challenges from the dysfunctional New York Jets (8-8, 6-10) or the struggling Dolphins (6-10. 9-7). This will be the easy part for Brady and company.

Steelers Predicted to Take AFC North

Ben Roethlesberger threw 324-513 for 4,077 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Young Tim Tebow and the upstart Denver Broncos (8-8, 7-8-1)  surprised the Steelers (+120)  in the first round of playoffs, ending the season in a hurry. In 2012 online sports books like bet356 Mobile are bracing themselves for plenty of futures bettors to go with the Steelers. Most shops have them at around 7/1.

That’s no surprise when you look at all the players coming back to Steel City and a schedule that doesn’t get too ugly until November. That’s when they face off against the Baltimore Ravens (12-4, 8-7-1, +130) twice in three weeks. If they can get out of that with two wins. Count them as the AFC North Champions.

Tennessee Titans Favored in AFC South

Last season the Houston Texans (10-6, 11-5, -350) seemed poised to grab the AFC South until dropping their last three games. They look great when Matt Schuab is healthy, but whether he can bounce back from last season’s injuries is still in question.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans (9-7, 6-9-1,+400) have quietly become a very deep offensive unit. Between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, they could stay healthy and happy deep into the season. Tennessee has a serious road test in Green Bay (15-1, 11-5, -250), but the rest of their schedule is pretty favorable to their cause.

Manning’s Broncos Could Grab Mediocre AFC West

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (8-8, 7-8-1, +170) weren’t expected to win the lowly AFC West last year, but they’ll definitely be expected to win it this year. After all three 8-8 teams tied for first place in the West last season. A healthy Peyton Manning-led Broncos should dominate non-contenders like Kansas City Chiefs (7-9, 9-7, +350) and Oakland Raider (8-8, 9-6-1, +500).

The big x-factor for Denver is the status of defensive end Elvis Dumervile. When he and linebacker Von Miller, who rang up 64 tackles in his rookie season, team up Denver presents a formidable defensive threat.

 *Odds for winning division, all other odds are for Conference championship.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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