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Pats, Eagles Leading the Charge in NFL Conference Futures

We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season, and to say this year has featured a litany of surprises would be an understatement. That’s caused oddsmakers to be on their toes more than ever, which has led to a ton of value in futures betting.

Here’s how the AFC and NFC futures are looking heading into Week 9 at Bovada.

AFC Championship Odds

The more things change, the more they stay the same in the AFC. The defending champion New England Patriots were the heavy +160 favorites to win the conference at the beginning of the campaign and there hasn’t been much of a shift since as the book is offering them for +150 now.

After starting off the campaign on a rocky note, the Pats are unsurprisingly rounding into form once again. The defense was initially a major issue but the unit has tightened up since in four straight wins over Tampa Bay, the New York Jets, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Chargers. You’re not going to find much value, but no other team in the AFC is looking as good as the Pats right now.

Outside of New England, Pittsburgh (+350) and Kansas City (+400) appear to be the only other serious contenders right now. K.C. has stumbled a little bit after a hot start but features one of the top offenses in the league, thanks to quarterback Alex Smith, who still hasn’t thrown an interception this year. Pittsburgh is as talented as ever on both sides of the ball, yet it’s hard to erase last season’s ugly performance in the AFC championship game from memory.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+150
Pittsburgh Steelers+350
Kansas City Chiefs+400
Jacksonville Jaguars+1800
Tennessee Titans+1800
Houston Texans+2000
Buffalo Bills+2000
Oakland Raiders+2500
Denver Broncos+3300
Baltimore Ravens+3300
Cincinnati Bengals+3300
Los Angeles Chargers+5000
Miami Dolphins+6600
Indianapolis Colts+30000
New York Jets+30000

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

The landscape of the NFC vastly changed when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in a game vs the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, and the Packers’ odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl took a tumble as a result. Now sitting with the ninth-best odds to win the conference, Green Bay is an afterthought behind backup QB Brett Hundley.

The new favorites are the surprising Philadelphia Eagles, who lead the way at +250. Philly wasn’t even favored to win its own division prior to the season, but the ascending Carson Wentz has taken the Eagles to new heights in 2017, which has fans in the City of Brotherly Love dreaming of that elusive Super Bowl victory for the first time since Donovan McNabb was in town.

The NFC is significantly more wide open than the AFC, as Seattle (+450), Minnesota (+700), Atlanta (+900), Dallas (+900), the Los Angeles Rams (+1000) and New Orleans Saints (+1000) all look like serious contenders. It’s incredibly tough to predict which squad is going to win the conference banner, but there’s no shortage of value for football bettors right now.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Philadelphia Eagles+250
Seattle Seahawks+450
Minnesota Vikings+700
Atlanta Falcons+900
Dallas Cowboys+900
Los Angeles Rams+1000
New Orleans Saints+1000
Carolina Panthers+1400
Green Bay Packers+2000
Detroit Lions+2000
Washington Redskins+5000
Chicago Bears+6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+7500
Arizona Cardinals+7500
New York Giants+20000

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

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The cream of the crop in the professional sports world has arrived, as the NFL season is finally here. When it comes to futures betting, the two stalwarts of the AFC and NFC own the shortest odds to win the conferences.

AFC Championship Odds

Don’t act surprised to see the Patriots atop the list. I think we all saw this coming. Last year’s Super Bowl champs are still the most talented team in the conference and as much as it pains me to write, I don’t know who’s going to beat them. Tom Brady and his never-ending prime should carry a somewhat improved club back to an AFC East title and 12-plus wins.

That said, their +160 price over at Bovada is a ripoff.

It’s true that they walked all over the conference in 2016 but if Derek Carr hadn’t broken his fibula in Week 16, the Raiders could have made things interesting in one of the worst postseasons in recent memory. Sitting third behind the Pats at +700 on the conference futures board this year, the Raiders could have the best shot to end New England’s run of tyranny. Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers rank behind the Pats at +525.

An up-and-coming team to keep an eye on is the Tennessee Titans at +1800. Not getting a ton of press, the Titans are primed to shock and awe this season with their receiving corps getting a serious facelift. Marcus Mariota is a serious talent under center and with some real weapons at his disposal for once, watch out – the third-year gunslinger could have an explosive year.

Do the Titans have an excellent shot to make it to the Super Bowl? Probably not, but the price they’re being offered at is wrong.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+160
Pittsburgh Steelers+525
Oakland Raiders+700
Kansas City Chiefs+1200
Denver Broncos+1400
Houston Texans+1400
Indianapolis Colts+1800
Tennessee Titans+1800
Baltimore Ravens+2000
Los Angeles Chargers+2000
Cincinnati Bengals+2500
Miami Dolphins+3300
Jacksonville Jaguars+4000
Buffalo Bills+6600
Cleveland Browns+10000
New York Jets+10000

Odds as of September 7 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

After completing his promise to run the table, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to the brink of a fourth NFC championship but was eventually out-dueled by Matt Ryan and the high-octane Falcons for the right to lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. An impressive offseason, though, has fueled the hype for the green and gold and Bovada has tabbed them as the massive +400 favorites to come out of the NFC for the first time since 2010.

Behind the faves it’s the Seahawks (+500), Falcons (+600) and Cowboys (+650). If you’re in the camp that justifiably thinks the Packers are overpriced, you can’t go wrong with any of those three teams.

The Falcons flew through the NFC in the 2016 playoffs and they did it without Desmond Trufant, their best defensive player. On top of that, the Dirty Birds didn’t lose anyone significant from their historically good offense – other than Kyle Shanahan. Expect a fierce title defense from Atlanta with quarterback Matt Ryan following up an MVP season.

As for the Cowboys, it’s hard not to like them – in the betting sense – on the heels of a 13-3 regular season. Dak Prescott’s brilliance last year might have been a flash in the pan but the Boys are the most well-rounded team in the conference so they should be fine if the sophomore has a bit of a slump. The suspension of Ezekiel Elliott is going to have a huge impact on the team in the early going, but if the Cowboys can tread water without him, they’ll be tough to stop when he returns to the team.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Green Bay Packers+400
Seattle Seahawks+500
Atlanta Falcons+600
Dallas Cowboys+650
New York Giants+800
Arizona Cardinals+1400
Carolina Panthers+1400
Minnesota Vikings+1600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+1600
New Orleans Saints+2000
Philadelphia Eagles+2000
Detroit Lions+2500
Washington Redskins+3300
Chicago Bears+7500
Los Angeles Rams+7500
San Francisco 49ers+10000

Odds as of September 7 at Bovada

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A lackluster Wild Card Weekend is in the books, and only eight NFL teams remain in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. When it comes to conference futures, oddsmakers are predicting a tight race in the NFC and a landslide in the AFC.

AFC Championship Odds

At this point in the postseason, it's the New England Patriots and everyone else. Tom Brady and company are -180 favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl at Bovada, with the Pittsburgh Steelers (+350), Kansas City Chiefs (+425) and Houston Texans (+2800) also available to wager on.

If the Texans somehow beat the Pats at Gillette Stadium, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. Brock Osweiler guided the Texans to an easy 27-14 triumph over the Oakland Riders in the wild-card round, but that was against a quarterback making his first career start. They'll have the opposite this weekend against Brady and the playoff-tested Patriots, so proceed with caution if you're thinking about backing Houston.

Pittsburgh-Kansas City might not get the same media attention as some of the other games on the docket, but this contest has the makings of a classic. The Steelers rolled over the Dolphins in the opening round but will have their hands full against one of the best defenses in the league. If you believe one of these teams can beat the Pats in the AFC Championship Game (barring a Texans miracle), their current prices offer a great amount of value.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots-180
Pittsburgh Steelers+350
Kansas City Chiefs+425
Houston Texans+2800

Odds as of January 9 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

This is where things get really interesting. All four NFC clubs have a legit shot of heading to the Super Bowl, and oddsmakers at Bovada aren't ruling any of them out. The Dallas Cowboys are at the top of the list at +140, with the Atlanta Falcons (+240), Green Bay Packers (+325) and Seattle Seahawks (+575) trailing behind them.

While I understand why the 'Boys and Falcons are 1 and 2, it's hard to pass up on the value presented by Green Bay and Seattle. The Packers are the hottest team in the NFL right now, and a 38-13 rout of the New York Giants in the wild-card round has fans in Wisconsin dreaming of the 2010 Super Bowl-winning campaign again.

Somehow, some way, the Seahawks have a habit of coming through when the stakes are at their highest (excluding Super Bowl XLIX, of course). At the time of writing, the Seahawks were listed as 4-point underdogs vs the Falcons, however I'm not as confident in Atlanta as sportsbooks are. Playoff experience is invaluable, and the 'Hawks have that in spades.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Dallas Cowboys+140
Atlanta Falcons+240
Green Bay Packers+325
Seattle Seahawks+575

Odds as of January 9 at Bovada

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Parity has been the name of the game in the NFL this year, as the hunt for Super Bowl LI is as wide open as it's been in recent memory. If you're looking to get in on some conference futures action, one sportsbook has you covered.

Bovada has released odds on which teams will earn the right to represent the AFC and NFC in the big game, with the New England Patriots favored to garner the AFC banner and the Dallas Cowboys listed as the front-runners in the NFC.

Here's a breakdown of each conference:

AFC Championship Odds

The Pats are heavy -200 chalk to get back to the Super Bowl for the seventh time in 15 years, while Pittsburgh (+400), Kansas City (+450), Oakland (+2800), Houston (+3300) and Miami (+3300) are well behind them.

Considering New England's history of playoff success, it's going to be a tall order for any team to knock the Pats off. The Steelers and Chiefs are the two likeliest opponents to do so, as Oakland, Houston and Miami are all going through some serious turmoil at the quarterback position right now.

AFC Championship Odds
TeamOdds
New England Patriots-200
Pittsburgh Steelers+400
Kansas City Chiefs+450
Oakland Raiders+2800
Houston Texans+3300
Miami Dolphins+3300

Odds as of January 2 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

The Dallas Cowboys' rise to the top of the NFC has been almost unfathomable, but that's exactly what transpired in the 2016 season on the heels of a stellar 13-3 campaign. For their efforts, the 'Boys have been tabbed as +150 faves at the shop, while Atlanta (+350), Green Bay (+350), Seattle (+550), New York (+2800) and Detroit (+3300) are also in the mix.

To say the NFC is much more of a crapshoot compared with the AFC would be a massive understatement. The Cowboys are a great team, but they lack the postseason experience of veteran-heavy squads like the Packers and Seahawks. Atlanta's offense is out-of-this-world good, but its defense has been leaky all year long, and everyone knows the importance of a strong defense at this time of the year.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Dallas Cowboys+150
Atlanta Falcons+350
Green Bay Packers+350
Seattle Seahawks+550
New York Giants+2800
Detroit Lions+3300

Odds as of January 2 at Bovada

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There are only three weeks left in the 2016 NFL season, and the competition for the Lombardi Trophy is as close as it's been in quite some time. When it comes to wagering on which teams are going to represent the AFC and NFC in the big dance, one sportsbook is offering a ton of value.

Bovada has been forced to shake up its conference futures quite a bit in the last month. Here's a breakdown of both conferences:

AFC Championship Odds

The New England Patriots are far and away the best team in the AFC, but that doesn't mean they're a lock to reach the Super Bowl. Kansas City is an extremely dangerous team, and they showed the Oakland Raiders who the better team is in Week 14 by beating them 21-13 at home.

Pittsburgh at +400 is decent value for one of the most potent offenses in football, and the Steelers are clearly turning things on at the right time by winning four straight games heading into Week 15.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+130
Kansas City Chiefs+340
Pittsburgh Steelers+400
Oakland Raiders+850
Baltimore Ravens+2500
Denver Broncos+2800
Houston Texans+2800
Indianapolis Colts+3300
Tennessee Titans+4000
Miami Dolphins+5000

Odds as of December 13 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

Paced by the dynamic rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys are rightfully +200 front-runners to capture the NFC banner. But the Seattle Seahawks (+275), Atlanta Falcons (+700), Green Bay Packers (+800) and New York Giants are all within striking distance.

The Packers and Giants are the top value plays by a mile, in my opinion. New York is clearly buying into first-year head coach Ben McAdoo's system, as the G-Men rank second in the NFC East after beating Dallas for the second time this year in Week 14.

When Green Bay was 4-6 it looked like the playoffs were a mile away, but Aaron Rodgers and company are rolling after hammering Seattle at home – their third straight triumph.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Dallas Cowboys+200
Seattle Seahawks+275
Atlanta Falcons+700
Green Bay Packers+800
New York Giants+900
Detroit Lions+1000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+2000
Washington Redskins+2800
Minnesota Vikings+2800
Arizona Cardinals+25000

Odds as of December 13 at Bovada

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Where has the time gone? It's hard to believe we're already at Week 11 of the 2016 NFL season, but here we are. For some teams, the campaign can't end soon enough. Sports bettors looking to get their money down on some futures can find great value in conference odds at Bovada.

AFC Championship Odds

While the New England Patriots are the undisputed favorites in the AFC at +110 odds, there are some interesting teams behind them. Kansas City (+750), Pittsburgh (+800), Denver (+800) and Oakland (+1000) are also within striking distance.

K.C. has quietly been excellent for the better part of the last calendar year. The Chiefs don't do anything flashy, but they've established themselves as legitimate contenders in the conference. Pittsburgh is this high in spite of its underwhelming 4-5 record, but a four-game losing streak means the playoffs aren't a sure thing.

Denver and Oakland are in a heated battle with the Chiefs in the competitive AFC West, and both squads will be in the thick of things come the postseason. I like the upstart Raiders a little bit more, though. This team is for real.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+110
Kansas City Chiefs+750
Pittsburgh Steelers+800
Denver Broncos+800
Oakland Raiders+1000
Baltimore Ravens+1200
Indianapolis Colts+1800
Houston Texans+1800
Tennessee Titans+3300
Cincinnati Bengals+4000
Miami Dolphins+4000
San Diego Chargers+6600
Buffalo Bills+6600
New York Jets+15000

Odds as of November 15 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

The Seattle Seahawks seem to do the same thing every year. They have a rough start out of the gate, but turn on the jets around Week 10. That's what happened last weekend, as Russell Wilson and company went into Gillette Stadium and left with a win over the mighty New England Patriots. They're deservedly +250 favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

In order to get there, they'll have to overcome the extremely impressive Dallas Cowboys, though. Dallas is 8-1 SU thanks to the dynamic rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, and a deep playoff run is not out of the realm of possibility. If you're thinking about backing the 'Boys to claim the NFC banner, the time is now.

Debating grabbing the Packers at +1000? Think again. The Pack haven't even resembled their former selves in 2016, which has many thinking the losses will continue. Green Bay hasn't missed the postseason since 2008, but I wouldn't be surprised if that trend ended this year. Put your hard-earned money elsewhere.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Seattle Seahawks+250
Dallas Cowboys+250
Atlanta Falcons+750
Green Bay Packers+1000
Arizona Cardinals+1100
New York Giants+1200
Minnesota Vikings+1400
Detroit Lions+1800
Carolina Panthers+2500
Washington Redskins+2800
Philadelphia Eagles+3300
New Orleans Saints+5000
Los Angeles Rams+6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+6600

Odds as of November 15 at Bovada

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We're at the halfway point of the 2016 NFL campaign, and the contenders have begun to separate themselves from the pretenders. If you're an NFL futures bettor, you'll want to get in on some AFC and NFC action sooner rather than later.

There have been a ton of surprises so far, and as a result oddsmakers have been kept on their toes. Here's a breakdown of how they're looking heading into Week 9 at Bovada:

AFC Championship Odds

The New England Patriots have dominated the AFC for a decade and a half, and it's been more of the same this year. New England finds itself as a -110 favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, with Pittsburgh (+600), Kansas City (+700), Denver (+700) and Oakland (+1200) rounding out the top five.

Outside of the Pats, the Chiefs might be the most dangerous team in the conference that no one is talking about. Since Week 7 of 2015, the Chiefs have the best record in the NFL at 15-2. Grabbing KC at +700 is a great price.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots-110
Pittsburgh Steelers+600
Kansas City Chiefs+700
Denver Broncos+700
Oakland Raiders+1200
Houston Texans+2000
Indianapolis Colts+2500
Cincinnati Bengals+2500
Baltimore Ravens+3300
Buffalo Bills+4000
San Diego Chargers+4000
Tennessee Titans+4000
Miami Dolphins+7500
New York Jets+10000
Jacksonville Jaguars+20000

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

The NFC is a virtual toss-up right now. Seattle headlines NFC conference futures at the book with a price of +333, while Dallas (+400), Green Bay (+500), Minnesota (+600) and Atlanta (+700) are within striking distance.

The Seahawks aren't exactly inspiring a lot of confidence in their backers right now, as a banged-up Russell Wilson has struggled to find his usual form. Thanks to two straight losses, Minnesota has fallen off the radar and well behind in odds lists.

Dallas' rookie combo of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott is a lot of fun to watch, and it's going to be interesting how they'll perform in the playoffs if the 'Boys can get there.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Seattle Seahawks+333
Dallas Cowboys+400
Green Bay Packers+500
Minnesota Vikings+600
Atlanta Falcons+750
Arizona Cardinals+1000
Carolina Panthers+1200
New York Giants+1600
Philadelphia Eagles+2000
Washington Redskins+3300
New Orleans Saints+3300
Detroit Lions+5000
Los Angeles Rams+6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+6600
Chicago Bears+20000

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

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