The New England Patriots have owned the American Football Conference (AFC) since it was founded in 1970. The Pats — winners of five Super Bowl titles — have captured the AFC crown nine times, the most of any team in the conference. The AFC is made up of 16 teams and four divisions — East, North, South and West. Along with nine conference titles, the Patriots have dominated the AFC East, which also includes the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
New England has won the division 18 times, including a seven-year run finishing first in the AFC East from 2009 to 2016.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos aren’t far off the Patriots for most AFC titles, as both clubs sit tied for second with eight championships. The Bills are next on the list with six as the club reached four consecutive Super Bowl finals, all of which they lost.
Tom Brady has been the starting quarterback for seven AFC Championship teams with the New England Patriots — more than any other QB. Bill Belichick has also coached the Pats to a record seven AFC titles.
Heading into the 2017 the American Football Conference had a total of 25 total Super Bowl victories — one less than the National Football Conference. The race will always be neck-and-neck, but AFC teams have won the Super Bowl in the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
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
Many football pundits wrote off Tom Brady and the New England Patriots prior to the start of the 2016 NFL season. The Hall of Fame QB missed the opening four games to serve a suspension. However, he returned to the field and helped march the Patriots to a fifth Super Bowl championship.
Does Brady have one more championship run left before retiring as arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game?
Online sportsbooks such as Bovada.lv and BetOnline.com seem to think so, pegging the Patriots as +375 and +325 favorites, respectively, to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Brady gets better with age and he proved that once again in 2016, leading the Patriots to a 14-2 overall record. The Patriots went 8-0 on the road and were almost as dominant at Gillette Stadium where they posted a 6-2 record. The Pats also had incredible success against AFC opponents, capping a remarkable 2016 campaign with an 11-1 record.
How does the rest of the AFC stack up against the Patriots heading into the 2017 season? The AFC West is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL, with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs also in the running to give the Pats a run for their money.
Oakland only got stronger in the off-season by adding 2014 Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch to the fold. The Raiders are intriguing +1200 favorites to win the Super Bowl and you can expect many bettors taking a chance on those odds considering a healthy Derek Carr quarterback what is expected to be a lethal offensive attack.
There are a few flyers bettors will want to put in early wagers on, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, who topped the AFC North at 11-5. Ben Roethlisberger is always a question to stay healthy, but when he’s on the field, the Steelers are legitimate playoff contenders.
Ready to put your money on the American Football Conference? Here are a few online sportsbooks to consider before placing your wagers.