The AFC is one of the two conferences in the NFL and is composed of 16 teams that are divided into four divisions. After the regular season, the AFL teams compete in the playoffs to crown the champion in the AFC Championship Game. The AFC Champion moves on to represent the conference in the annual Super Bowl.
The defending AFC Conference champions are the New England Patriots who have won a record 11 AFC titles. The Patriots have played in a record 8 consecutive AFC title games starting the 2011 season. They have won the conference title in four out of the last five years, including the last three. This season, New England is once again favored to win the AFC East and AFC Conference.
Here are the odds to win the AFC Division this season from Titanbet as of 9/11/19:
- New England Patriots +200
- Kansas City Chiefs +325
- Los Angeles Chargers +700
- Baltimore Ravens +1200
- Cleveland Browns +1200
Who Are The Favorites?
The New England Patriots are NFL betting favorites to win it all again this season. Sure, Tom Brady is already 42 years old and during the offseason,Brady lost one of his most favorite targets of all-time in Rob Gronkowski. New England also lost Defensive End Trey Flowers, Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan but they have added the likes Demaryius Thomas and Cameron Meredith to fill the void. And then in a surprise twist of fate, the Patriots have acquired controversial but talented wide receiver Antonio Brown after the latter’s fallout with the Raiders.
The Kansas City Chiefs had a special season last year with Patrick Mahomes’ guns going ablaze. Mahomes was named MVP and the Chiefs went all the way to the AFC title game where their defensive issues doomed them. Kansas City has since added players like Tyrann Mathieu, Frank Clark and Emmanuel Ogbah but they also lost Eric Berry, Steve Nelson, Dee Ford and Justin Houston. For all their offensive prowess, the Chiefs finished last season ranked 31st in the NFL in total defense. During the summer, tried to fix the defense but I’m not sure if they’ve done enough. With Tyreek Hill facing suspension, this year could provide more challenge for Mahomes than the previous one.
The Los Angeles Chargers lost wide receiver Tyrell Williams last summer but after coming to his own last season, Mike Williams should be able to compensate. Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery joins Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram in what is arguably one of the league’s top defensive fronts. Delaware’s Nasir Adderley joins Derwin Jones to form a very solid safety duo. The Chargers are essentially the same team which won 12 games last season except for the changes I mentioned. Los Angeles doesn’t look spectacular on paper but they also do not have a glaring weakness right now. I think they will have one good season this year.
The Baltimore Ravens made an impressive playoff run two seasons ago and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson displayed flashes of brilliance during his maiden season. The Baltimore offense drafted Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown and Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin then added veteran tailback Mark Ingram. However, they lost edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Za-Darius Smith. If the Ravens can manage with those losses in defense and if Jackson’s passing in Week 1 was any indication, then the Ravens are in contention.
Once whipping boys, the Cleveland Browns are considered as serious challengers this season with a very talented but unproven line-up. The Browns went from 0-16 in 2017 to 7-8-1 in John Dorsey’s first year as manager. Dorsey did not stop there. This summer, he facilitated trades that brought the Browns edge rusher Olivier Vernon and Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland didn’t have a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft but got LSU cornerback Greedy Williams at #46 and that surely sounds like a first round pick anyway. Everything fizzled in week 1 but it’s a long season and I think the Browns will figure it out and have a winning season.
Ever since Tom Brady arrived in town, the New England Patriots have become a dynasty. The Patriots have won 11 AFC titles, the most conference titles for any team. They have made 16 AFC title game appearances, also the most by any team. The Patriots have won five out of the last eight AFC titles including the last three and despite Tom Brady’s advanced age and the team losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement, they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The Patriots have actually even gotten stronger with the addition of controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown and if the AB experiment works for Bill Belichick, the Patriots are looking at a fourth straight AFC title. Brady is already 42 but given how he played during their season opener against the Steelers, age isn’t an issue, at least right now. The only thing for Brady is to preserve his form to the postseason. If he can do that, if the Pats avoid major injuries and if Antonio Brown fits with the team, there is no doubt that the New England Patriots are going to be the best pick to win the AFC Conference this season. Prediction: New England Patriots