The 2015 season was a very inconsistent one for the NFL’s American Football Conference. Injuries and general underachieving cases permeated the 16-team gaggle, creating a ton of betting headaches. The
Well, a little may have changed. An appeals court reinstated Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension that he had tossed last season. That could incite an even bigger AFC frenzy to start the season.
All of which is something to keep in mind both when making individual game bets and future wagers.
For futures specifically, you’ll want to wait at least a few weeks into the 2016 season before you explore conference and Super Bowl odds. A reliable—semi-reliable, really—pecking order is a must for those bets.
Example: The reigning champion Broncos will have a new starting quarterback and slightly compromised defense. It’s not yet clear if they’re a worthy Super Bowl futures play.
Individual games are an at-your-own risk thing for now. Bet early on in the season with caution. Try to go with the games and matchups that you think provide a semblance of certainy.
Midway through the schedule, you should have a better handle on the major storylines and understand which teams are good plays and which units you should stay away from.
Exude that patience for around four to six weeks, and you’ll be able to make some real money navigating the minefield that is the AFC.
AFC Sports Betting Odds
Come back here whenever you want to take a look at all AFC game lines. The below widget will keep you apprised of the spreads, moneylines, overs and unders.
If you don’t plan on placing bets until later in the week, make sure you’re checking back here a few times. Lines and odds change frequently in the NFL because of the gap in between every game.
Injuries are an especially important wild card when it comes to these numbers. If you see that a key player is returning to the field or will be missing a game, be absolutely sure to review the lines as they’ll have changed signficantly.
And once that news or update breaks, try getting in your wagers as soon as possible, before sportsbooks have a chance to butcher the odds completely. That will help you get more favorable looks in many situations.
What Are The Current AFC Standings
Use the below AFC standings as a basis for your betting. Keep track of team records, so you’ll be able to know which organizations are better than others.
This will also help you remain aware of the AFC’s playoff picture. You can see which teams have divisions sewn up, which ones will have bye weeks and which ones are fighting for wild card berths.
That doesn’t make this a gospel for betting on futures, but it is certainly helpful. You can check the records, see where every team falls and conduct your weekly and futures research from there.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
AFC Online Betting Tips
To really make a profit when betting on the AFC, especially early in the season, you’ll need to know which teams to keep an eye on from the jump. We’re going to cycle through a few of the biggest mysteries and tell you what to look for, this way you’ll be better prepared for the 2016 betting season.
New York Jets: Can they improve upon their 10 win season? Ryan Fitzpatrick will probably be back, but if he’s not, they’ll have trouble duplicating last year’s success. And even if he is back, they overachieved in 2015, which started with him. Don’t view them as you would most 10 win teams until they prove they’re still in that mix.
New England Patriots: This is always a team you should be watching. They won 12 games last year, a number that will likely drop if Brady misses the start of the season. Still, they remain your best hope at finding a consistent powerhosue in which to invest—both for weekly contests and futures.
Denver Broncos: Both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are gone. Are they still a viable futures play as currently constituted? You should know by Week 4 or Week 5.
Houston Texans: The Texans are counting on Osweiler to take their offense to the next level. If he does, their J.J. Watt led defense should allow them to contend for a top AFC spot. If not, they could be in for another long season.
Indianapolis Colts: Everything about them still hinges on Luck. He has a slightly better supporting cast, but they won’t be the juggernaut of years past if they’re not up and running smoothly within the first three weeks of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals: See how Dalton recovers from injury. A.J. McCarron isn’t quite ready to play under center full time just yet. Cincinnatti needs Dalton to be a Super Bowl contender.
Pittsburgh Steelers: This is a big one. Should Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown all be healthy to start the season, Pittsburgh could quickly emerge as the AFC favorite—even ahead of the Patriots.
Follow these storylines, while looking for any surprise risers and fallers, and your AFC betting exploits will be a lot easier in 2016.
Where Can I Bet On AFC Online
Scroll down to see where the best places to bet on the AFC online are. You can use this to either deepen your sportsbetting site rotation, but it’s especially resourceful if you’re in the market for a new primary wager provider.