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As the countdown to the 2016 NFL Draft continues and with the release of the NFL schedule, sportsbooks are busy putting odds together for the upcoming season. In addition to Super Bowl 51 odds, which have been available since Super Bowl 50 ended, conference futures are now available to wager on.

AFC Championship

To the surprise of absolutely nobody – the New England Patriots are the favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51. The Pats – who are +350 – will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, but New England will always be the favorite as long as Brady is under center come the playoffs.

One interesting team near the top of the odds board is the Denver Broncos. The Broncos won the Super Bowl last season, but have lost their top two quarterbacks and currently have Mark Sanchez, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian vying for the starters role. Denver ultimately made it to the Super Bowl largely due to their ridiculously good defense, but having huge question marks at QB is worrisome.

There is some value to be had though with teams like the Indianapolis Colts (+1000) and Houston Texans (+1800) both looking like they will be greatly improved compared to last season.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+350
Pittsburgh Steelers+525
Cincinnati Bengals+800
Denver Brocnos+800
Kansas City Chiefs+900
Indianapolis Colts+1000
Oakland Raiders+1400
Baltimore Ravens+1400
Houston Texans+1800
Jacksonville Jaguars+2200
Buffalo Bills+2500
New York Jets+2500
Miami Dolphins+3300
San Diego Chargers+3300
Tennessee Titans+4000
Cleveland Browns+5000

Odds as of June 10 at Bovada

NFC Championship

The Seattle Seahawks have been in the NFC Championship game in two of the past three seasons and the team does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. They are the favorites to be crowned the class of the NFC, but it won’t be easy to make it out of the NFC West.

The ‘Hawks will need to get past the Arizona Cardinals who are close behind in the odds. The Cards won the NFC West last season with a 13-3 record and made it to the NFC Championship game – though the Carolina Panthers decimated them in that game.

Speaking of the Panthers, the Super Bowl runners-up may be even more dangerous this season. Carolina finished first in points per game last season without much of a receiving core, but the team will see top wideout Kelvin Benjamin return from a season ending ACL injury last year.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Seattle Seahawks+400
Green Bay Packers+525
Carolina Panthers+550
Arizona Cardinals+600
Dallas Cowboys+1000
Minnesota Vikings+1100
New York Giants+1400
Washington Redskins+1800
Atlanta Falcons+2500
Chicago Bears+2800
Philadelphia Eagles+2800
Detroit Lions+3300
Los Angeles Rams+3300
New Orleans Saints+3300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+4000
San Francisco 49ers+4000

Odds as of June 10 at Bovada

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As the countdown to the 2016 NFL Draft continues and with the release of the NFL schedule, sportsbooks are busy putting odds together for the upcoming season. In addition to Super Bowl 51 odds, which have been available since Super Bowl 50 ended, conference futures are now available to wager on and there’s no surprises among the favorites.

Online sportsbook TopBet has the New England Patriots as +300 favorites to win the AFC. The Patriots will be looking to win their third AFC title since 2011 after getting upset by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game last season. New England has been busy tinkering with their lineup throughout the offseason, adding WR Nate Washington, DE Chris Long and G Jonathan Cooper, while showing Chandler Jones and Brandon LaFell the door. Two-time Pro Bowler Jerod Mayo also retired, but with the draft approaching, we should expect more impact roster moves from the always crafty Bill Belichick.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (+600), Denver Broncos (+650),  Cincinnati Bengals (+800) and Kansas City Chiefs round out the top five. The biggest question mark among these teams belongs to the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. With the retirement of Peyton Manning and free agent departure of Brock Osweiler, the team is without a bona fide starting quarterback, unless you think free agent acquisition Mark Sanchez fills that role.

Over in the NFC, it’s the Seattle Seahawks on the top of the odds list at +450. The biggest offseason roster move for Seattle was the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, but Thomas Rawls looks to be a suitable replacement for ‘Beastmode’ after posting four games of 101 yards or more when filling in for Lynch last season. The ‘Hawks will also hope to better incorporate TE Jimmy Graham into the offense after he scored just two touchdowns in 11 games prior to a season ending knee injury.

The Seahawks are joined in the top five by other NFC playoff teams from last season, the Green Bay Packers (+550), Carolina Panthers (+600), Arizona Cardinals (+700) and Minnesota Vikings (+750).

Here’s the complete list of odds for each conference:

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+300
Pittsburgh Steelers+600
Denver Broncos+650
Cincinnati Bengals+800
Kansas City Chiefs+1000
Indianapolis Colts+1200
Oakland Raiders+1400
Baltimore Ravens+18000
Houston Texans+2000
New York Jets+2000
Buffalo Bills+2200
Jacksonville Jaguars+3000
Miami Dolphins+3000
Tennessee Titans+3000
San Diego Chargers+3000
Cleveland Browns+10000

Odds as of April 19 at TopBet

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Seattle Seahawks+450
Green Bay Packers+550
Carolina Panthers+600
Arizona Cardinals+700
Minnesota Vikings+750
Dallas Cowboys+1000
New York Giants+1400
Chicago Bears+2000
Atlanta Falcons+2500
Washington Redskins+2500
Detroit Lions+2500
New Orleans Saints+2500
Philadelphia Eagles+3000
St. Louis Rams+3000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+3000
San Francisco 49ers+4000

Odds as of April 19 at TopBet

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Wild Card Weekend is in the books and only eight teams remain in the chase for the Lombardi Trophy. With the NFL Divisional Round on the horizon, the class of the AFC and NFC top conference futures markets at sportsbooks.

At Bovada, it’s the defending champion New England Patriots (+160) who have the best chances to once again advance to the Super Bowl from the AFC, while the Arizona Cardinals (+170) hold that distinction in the NFC.

If we’ve learned one thing about the perennially dominant Patriots, it’s that the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady combo should never be counted out. Saturday’s game against the streaking Kansas City Chiefs will be no gimme, however. K.C. demolished the Houston Texans 30-0 in Wild Card Weekend and have won 10-straight heading into the tilt.

In the wake of Green Bay’s first-round defeat over Washington, the Packers booked themselves a ticket against the NFC West champion Cardinals, a team that hammered them 38-8 in late December. Arizona hasn’t always gotten the most respect from oddsmakers, but it’s quite apparent books are believing in them now.

That’s what happens when you have a rejuvenated Carson Palmer leading one of the most efficient highest-flying offenses the league has seen in quite some time combined with a smash mouth defense that can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league.

If you’re looking to back any of the remaining eight teams, there’s certainly no shortage of value to be had. Here’s a look at the book’s full list of conference futures odds:

Odds to win the NFC
TeamOdds
Arizona Cardinals+170
Carolina Panthers+190
Seattle Seahawks+350
Green Bay Packers+650

Odds as of January 11 at Bovada

Odds to win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+160
Denver Broncos+220
Pittsburgh Steelers+400
Kansas City Chiefs+400

Odds as of January 11 at Bovada

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With the regular season behind us, 12 teams remain and the Panthers are razor thin favorites at +200 to win the NFC, while the Patriots and Broncos are co-favorites at +200 to win the AFC at online sportsbook Bovada.

After losing their first game of the season in Week 16, the Panthers finished the season strong with a 38-10 home win over the Buccaneers. The win clinched home field advantage for the Panthers, who were a perfect 8-0 at Bank of America Stadium this season. The Panthers will be tough to beat at home, as they led the league with a +16 scoring margin on their home field. The Panthers hold victories over three NFC playoff teams this season—the Seahawks, Packers and Redskins.

Just behind the Panthers is the #2 seed Arizona Cardinals who come in at +225. The Cardinals had won nine games in a row prior to their Week 17 loss to the Seahawks. Arizona led the league in yards per game this season, and were second to the Panthers in points per game. The Cards also hold victories over three NFC playoff teams this season—the Seahawks, Vikings and Packers.

Perhaps the hottest NFC team entering the playoffs is the Seattle Seahawks, whose odds to win the NFC are at +325. Seattle will need to win three road games to win the conference, but they’re 5-0 in their last five road games. They’ve lost this season to the Packers, Panthers and Cardinals, but have beaten the Vikings, and most recently, the Cardinals in Week 17.

The Denver Broncos enter the playoffs on a high after clinching the top seed in Week 17. Peyton Manning returned to lead them to a home field clinching victory. The Broncos were 6-2 at home this season, which includes victories over the Patriots and Bengals.

The Patriots slipped down the stretch, losing four out of their last six games, blowing their shot at home field advantage throughout the playoffs. It’s too bad as the Pats lost just once at home this season and had an AFC best +13.9 average scoring margin at home compared to just +4.9 on the road. The Pats have victories over two AFC playoff teams—the Steelers and Texans.

We’ve been hearing for weeks that the Steelers are the team no one wants to play in the playoffs. After sneaking into the postseason, Pittsburgh’s odds to win the AFC are +450. The Steelers were 2-2 vs other AFC playoff teams this season.

Odds to win the NFC
TeamOdds
Carolina Panthers+200
Arizona Cardinals+225
Seattle Seahawks+325
Green Bay Packers+900
Minnesota Vikings+1400
Washington Redskins+1800

Odds as of January 4 at Bovada

Odds to win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+200
Denver Broncos+200
Pittsburgh Steelers+450
Kansas City Chiefs+700
Cincinnati Bengals+1000
Houston Texans+2800

Odds as of January 4 at Bovada

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With the NFL regular season winding down, there's no better time to wager on the real season -- the playoffs. We still have one more week (and a lot of meaningless games) to get through before it's time for the postseason, but there's no shortage of value in the conference futures market at Bovada.

One thing we know is the NFC's playoff race will be much less dramatic than the AFC. Six teams (the Panthers, Cardinals, Packers, Redskins, Vikings and Seahawks) have already punched their playoff tickets, but the seeding is about as clear as mud at this point.

Nearly every seed in the NFC is up for grabs, and when glancing upon the list of teams that are playoff-bound, it won't be an easy path to San Francisco. In the wake of a 38-8 drubbing of the Packers, the Cardinals have leapfrogged the Panthers as the favorites to win the conference at +175 odds.

Are sportsbooks overreacting to Carolina's Week 16 loss to Atlanta? Perhaps, but there's certainly nothing wrong with their +200 price at the shop considering how dominant this team has been all season long.

Things are far from settled in the AFC, but Bovada is clearly giving the New England Patriots their much deserved respect. The defending champs are +110 to repeat in February. Considering what we've seen from the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick duo over the last 15 years, it's safe to say the Pats can never be counted out.

The Denver Broncos (+400), Kansas City Chiefs (+700), Cincinnati Bengals (+850) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+850) round out the top five.

Odds to win the NFC
TeamOdds
Arizona Cardinals+175
Carolina Panthers+200
Seattle Seahawks+400
Green Bay Packers+750
Minnesota Vikings+1600
Washington Redskins+2800

Odds as of December 30 at Bovada

Odds to win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+110
Denver Broncos+400
Kansas City Chiefs+700
Cincinnati Bengals+850
Pittsburgh Steelers+850
New York Jets+1600
Houston Texans+3300

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The regular season is winding down rapidly and teams are falling by the wayside. The true contenders have already booked themselves a trip to the playoffs with the New England Patriots (+125) and Carolina Panthers (+180) the heavy favorites to win their respective conferences according to Bovada.

However, the biggest risers are the Pittsburgh Steelers. As of December 1, the Steelers were +800 but have since climbed up to +300. Pittsburgh’s offense has been firing on all cylinders and has not scored fewer than 30 points in a game since Week 8.

The Seahawks have been seeing a surge on the odds board in the NFC as they have gone from +600 on December 1 to +300 on December 21. Seattle continues to prove they are one of the best second half teams in football as they have gone 26-5 after Week 8 over the past four seasons.

Here’s a look at the complete list of conference odds via Bovada.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Carolina Panthers+180
Arizona Cardinals+260
Seattle Seahawks+300
Green Bay Packers+550
Minnesota Vikings+2500
New York Giants+5000
Philadelphia Eagles+5000
Atlanta Falcons+25000

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+125
Pittsburgh Steelers+300
Denver Broncos+650
Kansas City Chiefs+700
Cincinnati Bengals+700
New York Jets+4000
Houston Texans+4000
Indianapolis Colts+7500
Jacksonville Jaguars+25000

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada

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As the 2015 NFL campaign reaches its latter stages, the landscape of both the AFC and NFC remains far from settled. True contenders have revealed themselves, some teams have fallen off the face of the earth while even a fortune teller would be hard pressed to tell you what's going to happen with a few squads.

In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers -- the lone undefeated team in the NFL -- have finally garnered the respect from oddsmakers, as Bovada has tabbed them with +175 shot of being the top cats in the conference. Usual suspects such as Green Bay and Seattle are giant question marks right now, but bettors looking at backing them to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl would be wise to grab them now while they can get the value.

Despite suffering their first loss of the season thanks to an overtime upset at the hands of the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots remain the kings of the AFC in the eyes of sportsbooks. New England's odds have shifted from -140 to +125 as a result of the loss, but if we've learned one thing from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, it's that you should never count them out.

Here's a look at Bovada's full list of conference futures.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Carolina Panthers+175
Arizona Cardinals+250
Green Bay Packers+500
Seattle Seahawks+600
Minnesota Vikings+800
New York Giants+2000
Washington Redskins+2800
Atlanta Falcons+5000
Chicago Bears+6600
Philadelphia Eagles+6600
Dallas Cowboys+6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+10000
Detroit Lions+10000
New Orleans Saints+15000
St. Louis Rams+20000

Odds as of December 1 at Bovada

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+125
Denver Broncos+325
Cincinnati Bengals+475
Pittsburgh Steelers+800
Kansas City Chiefs+1200
Indianapolis Colts+1400
Houston Texans+3300
New York Jets+5000
Oakland Raiders+5000
Buffalo Bills+15000
Jacksonville Jaguars+20000
Miami Dolphins+25000
Baltimore Ravens+25000
San Diego Chargers+40000

Odds as of December 1 at Bovada

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The NFL regular season is quickly winding down and there's just as much speculation as to who will win the NFC as there was to begin the year. The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are currently co-favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50, with Bovada tabbing them both at +300.

Close behind the Cards and Panthers are the Green Bay Packers (+400) who slumped through a few weeks, but came out on top against the Minnesota Vikings to put themselves atop the NFC North. The New York Giants (+900) and the Seattle Seahawks (+900) round out the top five on the odds list to win the NFC Conference championship despite both teams sitting at 5-5 after Week 11.

The AFC is much more of a runaway with the Patriots being pegged as the odds-on favorite at -140. In case you have been living under a rock, the Patriots are undefeated so far this season and have a two game lead over everyone else in the AFC. The next closest team is the Pittsburgh Steelers (+525) despite the fact that Big Ben and company are second in the AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals (+700).

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Arizona Cardinals+300
Carolina Panthers+300
Green Bay Packers+400
Seattle Seahawks+900
New York Giants+900
Minnesota Vikings+1000
Dallas Cowboys+1200
Philadelphia Eagles+3300
Atlanta Falcons+3300
St. Louis Rams+5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+10000
Washington Redskins+10000
Chicago Bears+10000
Detroit Lions+12500
New Orleans Saints+15000
San Francisco 49ers+50000

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots-140
Pittsburgh Steelers+525
Cincinnati Bengals+700
Denver Broncos+700
Indianapolis Colts+1800
Kansas City Chiefs+1800
Houston Texans+4000
Jacksonville Jaguars+5000
Buffalo Bills+6600
Oakland Raiders+6600
New York Jets+6600
Miami Dolphins+15000
Baltimore Ravens+25000
Tennessee Titans+40000
San Diego Chargers+100000
Cleveland Browns+100000

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

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When examining the teams with the best odds to win their respective conferences at the halfway point of the NFL season, it's no surprise to see the usual suspects at the top of the list in the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. No matter who you're betting on, there's no shortage of value at Bovada in the conference futures department.

In the AFC it's the Denver Broncos (+500), Cincinnati Bengals (+500), Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000) and Indianapolis Colts (+1400) rounding out the top five at the shop. The Broncos haven't had to rely as much on the aging Peyton Manning under center thanks to a tenacious defense that ranks first in the league in total yards allowed and points against.

The Arizona Cardinals (+400), Carolina Panthers (+400) and Seattle Seahawks (+600) are the clear frontrunners to challenge the Packers for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50. Carolina and Arizona in particular have enjoyed red-hot starts out of the gate and appear to be proving themselves as the real deal, while the Seahawks (4-4 SU) are notoriously slow starters but have appeared as a shell of their former selves on quite a few occasions through the first half of the campaign.

Here's a look at the sportsbook's full list of odds.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots-125
Denver Broncos+500
Cincinnati Bengals+500
Pittsburgh Steelers+1000
Indianapolis Colts+1400
New York Jets+2800
Oakland Raiders+3300
Houston Texans+5000
Buffalo Bills+5000
Kansas City Chiefs+7500
Miami Dolphins+10000
Tennessee Titans+10000
Jacksonville Jaguars +15000+15000
Baltimore Ravens+25000
San Diego Chargers+50000
Cleveland Browns+100000
Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Green Bay Packers+350
Arizona Cardinals+400
Carolina Panthers+400
Seattle Seahawks+600
New York Giants+900
Minnesota Vikings+1000
Philadelphia Eagles+1400
Atlanta Falcons+2000
St. Louis Rams +2200+2000
Dallas Cowboys+3300
New Orleans Saints+5000
Washington Redskins+10000
Chicago Bears+12500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+25000
San Francisco 49ers+25000
Detroit Lions+100000

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The Green Bay Packers are the clear favorites in the NFC through two weeks, while the Seattle Seahawks have looked like anything but the perennially dominant team we have become accustomed to seeing over the last few years.

Despite their underwhelming 0-2 record, however, Bovada has still tabbed Pete Carroll's crew as a +525 shot to represent the conference in the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, in the AFC Tom Brady and the Patriots have put the Deflategate drama in their rearview mirror and top the conference futures list at +250.

Denver comes in right behind them with +550 odds in the wake of victories over the Ravens and the Chiefs, with the Colts and Steelers currently priced at +800.

2015/16 NFC Conference Champion

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

  • Green Bay Packers +200
  • Seattle Seahawks +525
  • Arizona Cardinals +600
  • Dallas Cowboys +1000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +1000
  • Atlanta Falcons +1400
  • Carolina Panthers +1600
  • Minnesota Vikings +1600
  • St. Louis Rams +2500
  • San Francisco 49ers +2500
  • New Orleans Saints +3300
  • New York Giants +4000
  • Detroit Lions +5000
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
  • Washington Redskins +5000
  • Chicago Bears +7500
2015/16 AFC Conference Champion

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots +250
  • Denver Broncos +550
  • Indianapolis Colts +800
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +800
  • Cincinnati Bengals +1100
  • Baltimore Ravens +1400
  • Buffalo Bills +1400
  • New York Jets +1400
  • Miami Dolphins +1400
  • Kansas City Chiefs +1400
  • San Diego Chargers +2000
  • Houston Texans +4000
  • Oakland Raiders +5000
  • Tennessee Titans +5000
  • Cleveland Browns +7500
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000

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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts head into the NFL season as the favorite on the odds to win the AFC Championship Game ahead of the rival New England Patriots, with the Colts at +300 and the Patriots at +375 on those betting futures at online sportsbook Bovada. The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, are tied for the top spot on the odds to win the NFC Championship Game at +325 for the year ahead at the sportsbook.

2015/16 AFC Conference Champion

Odds as of September 8 at Bovada

  • Indianapolis Colts +300
  • New England Patriots +375
  • Denver Broncos +600
  • Baltimore Ravens +1000
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +1000
  • Miami Dolphins +1200
  • Kansas City Chiefs +1600
  • San Diego Chargers +1800
  • Buffalo Bills +2000
  • Cincinnati Bengals +2000
  • Houston Texans +2200
  • New York Jets +4000
  • Oakland Raiders +4000
  • Cleveland Browns +5000
  • Tennessee Titans +7500
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +7500
2015/16 NFC Conference Champion

Odds as of September 8 at Bovada

  • Green Bay Packers +325
  • Seattle Seahawks +325
  • Philadelphia Eagles +425
  • Dallas Cowboys +800
  • Minnesota Vikings +1400
  • Arizona Cardinals +2000
  • Detroit Lions +2000
  • Atlanta Falcons +2200
  • New Orleans Saints +2200
  • New York Giants +2500
  • Carolina Panthers +2500
  • San Francisco 49ers +3300
  • St. Louis Rams +3300
  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
  • Washington Redskins +6600

 

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