2021 AFC Championship Betting - NFL Odds

2021 AFC Championship Betting

AFC Conference Betting

The Kansas City Chiefs are gunning for their third consecutive AFC Championship on the heels of a bittersweet season in which they went 14-2 but lost the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The top challenger to the Chiefs is the Buffalo Bills, who lost the AFC Championship Game at KC last January. The New England Patriots are the last team to win three consecutive AFC Championships (2016-2018), but Bill Belichick’s dynasty officially ended in 2020. Belichick suffered through a heaping helping of the ultimate humble pie in witnessing estranged quarterback Tom Brady lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl championship in his first season away from the Hoodie. Gamblers have bet the Chiefs up to the clear favorite, but bargain hunters like the Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos.

AFC Conference Odds

Baltimore Ravens +775 Buffalo Bills +675 Cincinnati Bengals +6700
Cleveland Browns +740 Denver Broncos +1150 Houston Texans +11500
Indianapolis Colts +1150 Jacksonville Jaguars +7000 Kansas City Chiefs +227
Las Vegas Raiders +3700 Los Angeles Chargers +1265 Miami Dolphins +1725
New England Patriots +1425 New York Jets +6700 Pittsburgh Steelers +2250
Tennessee Titans +1200 - -

*Odds as of Tuesday, June 22, 4:30 PM ET

AFC Divisions

AFC East

Gamblers are likely correct in their assertion that the Buffalo Bills are here to stay. Certainly, the Bills are the class of the AFC East and a bona fide threat to upset the Chiefs for the AFC championship. The passing combination of Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs is among the most prolific in pro football. All that is needed is some defensive improvement. Miami impressed everyone after improving to 10-6 in 2020, with Tua Tagovailoa showing well as a rookie quarterback. New England will give rookie Mac Jones every chance to win the starting QB job after Cam Newton flopped. But the Patriots still lack a playmaking supporting cast.

AFC North

The AFC North looks like the most competitive division in the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers won it last year and now have the added weapon of first round draft pick Najee Harris, who fills the running back void left by LeVeon Bell. The Cleveland Browns made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 but must now prove they can sustain that success. At the same time, Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are pegged as a team poised to launch a major comeback in 2021.

AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts have taken in Philadelphia Eagles escapee Carson Wentz as their new quarterback. Wentz could thrive in the more positive environment and with QB guru head coach Frank Reich. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the most intriguing team with NFL rookie head coach Urban Meyer and the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Meanwhile, which version of the Tennessee Titans will we get in 2021? The Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson epitomize a lost cause.

AFC West

Each season a team emerges as a reach with the betting public. The Denver Broncos are looking to play that role in 2021. Denver’s offense remains a liability, and its defense is overrated. Jon Gruden’s honeymoon is over as the second-time Raiders head coach. But Gus Bailey may be the missing link as the new defensive coordinator. Ignore the Los Angeles Chargers at your peril, as quarterback Justin Herbert had a great rookie campaign. But Kansas City remains the class of the division with a fortified offensive line.

AFC Winners 2000

2020 Kansas City Chiefs
2019 Kansas City Chiefs
2018 New England Patriots
2017 New England Patriots
2016 New England Patriots
2015 Denver Broncos
2014 New England Patriots
2013 Denver Broncos
2012 Baltimore Ravens
2011 New England Patriots
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers
2009 Indianapolis Colts
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers
2007 New England Patriots
2006 Indianapolis Colts
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
2004 New England Patriots
2003 New England Patriots
2002 Oakland Raiders
2001 New England Patriots
2000 Baltimore Ravens

The New England Patriots era of glory crashed and burned last year once the GOAT of quarterbacks, Tom Brady, departed. Kansas City remains the class of the AFC, but the good times aren’t likely to last forever with such a talented list of challengers and improving teams.

AFC Championship Results by Team

New England Patriots 11 2018
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 2010
Denver Broncos 8 2015
Miami Dolphins 5 1984
Oakland Raiders 4 2002
Buffalo Bills 4 1993
Indianapolis Colts 3 2009
Kansas City Chiefs 2 2020
Baltimore Ravens 2 2012
Cincinnati Bengals 2 1988
Tennessee Titans 1 1999
Los Angeles Chargers 1 1994

New England is to be saluted for topping all AFC franchises in all-time championships. Many are left wondering how long it will take for the Patriots to return.

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