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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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Parity is the key word of the 2016 NFL season. More than any year in recent memory, the title of Super Bowl champion is completely up for grabs, as multiple teams from both the AFC and NFC look like they could make a serious run.

For better or for worse, there's been no shortage of surprises. As a result, oddsmakers have been kept on their toes, and conference odds have changed significantly since Week 1. Here's a breakdown of how they're looking heading into Week 6 at Bovada:

AFC Championship Odds

In the AFC, the New England Patriots headline the list at a price of +170. Pittsburgh (+300), Denver (+550), Kansas City (+1200) and Oakland (+1200) round out the top five.

Tom Brady returned from his four-game suspension with a vengeance against Cleveland last week in New England's 33-13 rout of the lowly Browns. Now that the 39-year-old is back in the fold, the value in backing the Patriots is slim. The +170 odds aren't great, but it's never a good idea to bet against Bill Belichick.

Kansas City and Oakland are somewhat of a surprise. Both teams have had solid starts to the campaign, and the Raiders are on the verge of breaking their 13-year playoff drought.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+170
Pittsburgh Steelers+300
Denver Broncos+550
Kansas City Chiefs+1200
Oakland Raiders+1200
Houston Texans+1800
Cincinnati Bengals+1800
Indianapolis Colts+1800
Buffalo Bills+2200
Baltimore Ravens+2500
Jacksonville Jaguars+6600
New York Jets+10000
San Diego Chargers+10000
Tennessee Titans+10000
Miami Dolphins+20000
Cleveland Browns+150000

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

As far as the NFC goes, the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks tower over everyone else at +400. Atlanta (+700) and Arizona (+900) are within striking distance.

Green Bay and Seattle are stalwarts in the conference, but the upstart Vikings are the biggest surprise at 5-0. Without Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikes have relied on a ferocious defense to win games, and Sam Bradford has performed admirably under center since being acquired via trade from the Eagles prior to the season.

Atlanta is another red-hot team that's skyrocketed up the odds chart. Matt Ryan is playing like an MVP candidate, and Julio Jones is torching secondaries at a ridiculous rate. If you think the Falcons are for real, their +700 price looks incredibly appealing.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Green Bay Packers+400
Seattle Seahawks+400
Minnesota Vikings+400
Atlanta Falcons+700
Arizona Cardinals+900
Dallas Cowboys+1000
Philadelphia Eagles+1400
Carolina Panthers+1600
Los Angeles Rams+1800
Washington Redskins+2800
New York Giants+3300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+5000
Detroit Lions+7500
New Orleans Saints+10000
Chicago Bears+20000
San Francisco 49ers+50000

Odds as of October 11 at Bovada

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We’re only two weeks into the 2016 NFL season, but some teams are already flying high and others are behind the 8-ball. Online sportsbook Bovada is busy adjusting the odds when it comes to which squads are going to represent the AFC and NFC in the Super Bowl, with a few surprises in between.

AFC Championship Odds

The New England Patriots once again highlight AFC championship odds, but they're far from their usual selves right now. With Tom Brady still serving a four-game suspension, Jimmy Garoppolo took over the reins of the starting quarterback position but suffered an injury against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. The Pats will be in the mix come playoff time, but I'm not sure if there's any value in backing them at the current price of +250.

Everyone expected Pittsburgh (+325) to be dominant this year, and they've looked the part through two weeks. Star running back Le'Veon Bell, who's serving a three-game suspension, hasn't even seen the field yet. Antonio Brown is one of the most dominant players in the game, and Ben Roethlisberger is as steady as it gets under center. Watch out for the black and gold.

It gets interesting after that. Denver (+750) has an unproven quarterback in Trevor Siemian, but he's done a decent job so far. The Broncos' ferocious defense can win games on its own, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Gary Kubiak's bunch back in the big game. Houston (+800) could very well make a charge, but their playoff aspirations rest solely on whether newly acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler can reach the next level.

Odds to Win the AFC
TeamOdds
New England Patriots+250
Pittsburgh Steelers+325
Denver Broncos+750
Houston Texans+800
Cincinnati Bengals+1400
Kansas City Chiefs+1400
Baltimore Ravens+1600
Oakland Raiders+1800
New York Jets+1800
San Diego Chargers+2500
Indianapolis Colts+3300
Jacksonville Jaguars+6600
Tennessee Titans+6600
Miami Dolphins+7500
Buffalo Bills+7500
Cleveland Browns+25000

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

NFC Championship Odds

The usual suspects top NFC conference futures odds lists, as the Green Bay Packers (+400) and Arizona Cardinals (+400) have the best shot to head to Super Bowl LI. Much like last year, the Packers' offense looks out of sorts and the biggest problem is Aaron Rodgers. We all know how good Rodgers is, but he simply isn't playing that way right now. Unless you're confident Rodgers and the Packers can turn things around, I'd stay away from that price until things turn around.

Seattle (+550), Carolina (+600) and the New York Giants (+800) round out the top five. The Seahawks are traditionally slow starters, and a Week 2 loss to the lowly Los Angeles Rams was extremely surprising for a team of that caliber.

Fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, Carolina looks like a team that's out for blood this year. The Giants' revamped defense is paying huge dividends right now, as their $200-million investment in the defensive unit has them looking like a team that could make a deep playoff run.

Odds to Win the NFC
TeamOdds
Green Bay Packers+400
Arizona Cardinals+400
Seattle Seahawks+550
Carolina Panthers+600
New York Giants+800
Minnesota Vikings+800
Dallas Cowboys+1600
Philadelphia Eagles+1600
Detroit Lions+4000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+4000
Atlanta Falcons+4000
New Orleans Saints+5000
Los Angeles Rams+5000
Washington Redskins+6600
Chicago Bears+6600
San Francisco 49ers+7500

Odds as of September 20 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.

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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