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AFC East Odds: Bills Favored to Win 1st Division Title Since 1995

Josh Allen hands the ball off to Devin Singletary in the Buffalo Bills' Week 4 matchup vs the Las Vegas Raiders.

The New England Patriots have been the toast of the AFC East for the better part of two decades, but the Buffalo Bills appear set to establish themselves as the perennial front-runners for the division title. Sporting a 7-3 record, the Bills hold a one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins.

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Buffalo is the heavy -550 favorite to claim the AFC East crown in 2020 at Bovada. The Miami Dolphins (+375) and New England Patriots (+215) round out the choices on the oddsboard.

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Odds to Win The AFC East in 2020
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Buffalo Bills-550+145
Miami Dolphins+375+800
New England Patriots+3300+110

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

Buffalo Bills: -550 Odds To Win AFC East

The Bills look primed to become the first team other than the Patriots to win the AFC East since 2008. They currently have a one-game advantage over the Dolphins, with the two teams set to square off in Week 17.

Buffalo ranks 11th in the league in points per game (27.2) through 10 games. The offseason addition of Stefon Diggs has added a completely new dimension to this offense. Diggs is second in the NFL in receiving yards (906), just behind DeAndre Hopkins for the league lead, and is the true No. 1 receiver this team had been lacking.

Buffalo’s defense hasn’t played up to its true capabilities so far and has given up 66 points in its last two games. The Bills have the undefeated Steelers on their schedule and have to travel to Denver in December, which is always tough. If the Bills go 3-3 or better in their final six games, they will be in a great spot to claim their first division title since 1995.

Miami Dolphins: +375 Odds To Win AFC East

The Miami Dolphins are currently one of three teams in the AFC with a record of 6-4. They were on a five-game winning streak before last week’s hiccup in Denver against the Broncos.

Head coach Brian Flores went to rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa following their bye week. Tagovailoa went 3-0 before suffering his first career NFL loss last weekend. He was benched in the second half, but Flores remains adamant that he is their starter.

The Dolphins defense has been the one constant this season. The defense has emerged as one of the leagues best, holding opponents to just 20.2 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the NFL. The defense will be put to the challenge over the next few weeks with games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders on the horizon.

While it might look like the Bills will win the division, dont count out the Dolphins, whose +330 odds of winning the AFC East seem like a very reasonable bet.

New England Patriots: +3300 Odds To Win AFC East

After a big emotional win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football, the Patriots fell back to earth last week with a road loss to the Houston Texans. Cam Newton has played well over the last month with just one turnover, but it was a costly fumble that gave the Bills a crucial win.

The defense isn’t up to the level that we have become accustomed to under Bill Belichick, but you have to give the Patriots credit. They had more players opt out of the season than any other team and have endured a string of injuries, but they are still clawing however tenuously at another AFC East title.

The Patriots have some really tough games coming up in the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Dolphins and Bills. Even if they split those games, it will be almost impossible for them to dig themselves out of this hole and win the division. There is a reason their AFC East odds are +3300 – it will take a miracle for them to win all six of their remaining games to finish with a 10-6 record and hold off both the Bills and Dolphins.

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Understanding Odds to Win the AFC

When you take a trip to any NFL sportsbook to make a futures bet – more on that later – you’ll notice the odds laid out the same way they are in the above table. Teams with a minus sign (-) preceding their odds are favorites. The rest are underdogs, which you can see because of the plus sign (+). However, when divisions are tight or there are no clear front-runners, the team with the lowest odds is considered the fave.

Let’s say you’re on board with the Bills and believe they have the best chances of winning the AFC East. If you were to lay down $100, you’d get a payout of $118.18 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $18.18.

On the other hand, that same $100 on the Dolphins would give you a payout of $475 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $375. Bets on underdogs are riskier, which is why you get a bigger reward. Yet, these teams have unfavorable odds for a reason and you shouldn’t bet on them blindly hoping to make some major coin.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is an NFL Futures Bet?

To wager on AFC East odds, you’d be making a futures bet. This is a bet made on events that are yet to happen. Technically, all sports betting is made on events that take place in time. However, a bet like this could be made weeks or even months in advance. NFL divisional odds are available as early as the preseason and you can bet on them at any moment before the season ends.

If you see odds you like, you should take them early. Oddsmakers move the odds as players succumb to injuries, coaches are fired and teams surge in the standings.