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Eagles and Patriots Have the Top Odds to Win Their Conferences

AFC and NFC Conference Betting Odds June 11 2018

The NFL season may be months away but online sportsbooks are already gearing up for the 2018-19 season by releasing odds for which teams will win the AFC and NFC titles.

Online shop Bovada has the Super Bowl 52 champion Philadelphia Eagles (+400) as the favorite to take the NFC crown again while the New England Patriots (+250) are in the top spot to win the AFC for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

American football conference

Can anyone stop the Patriots’ reign in the AFC?

If it’s a shock to see the New England Patriots as the AFC favorite again, you may have been living under a rock. The Pats have played in 14 AFC championship games in franchise history and are 10-4 SU in those games. New England gets to play in a rather easy AFC East division which should put the Patriots back in line for a first-round bye in the playoffs and potentially home-field advantage till Super Bowl 53.

Another factor that seems to bode well for the Patriots is their upcoming schedule, which sees them play against only seven teams that made the playoffs or finished with a winning record. The Pats’ value isn’t great at +250 so if you’re going to invest in the AFC championship, you might as well double down and take them to win the Super Bowl at +650.

Other AFC Teams to Consider

If bettors are looking at long shots to topple the Massholes, they might want to consider the Texans at +850 or the Chargers at +900. Houston will get the first crack at the Patriots in Week 1 and will have quarterback Deshaun Watson returning from injury. Watson was maybe the most exciting player in the NFL from Week 2 to Week 8 when he threw 19 touchdowns and brought a presence in the pocket for Houston that the franchise has never had before.

The Chargers were simply out of time after blundering away the first four games of the season in 2017 and having to play catchup all year. Los Angeles won seven of its last eight games to close out the season but got edged by Buffalo on a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot. This is a team that allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL last year and will be hungry to make the playoffs since it hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2013. With blue-chippers at almost every position, this squad can be sneaky good in 2018.

Odds To Win The AFC Championship

Odds as of June 11 at Bovada

  • New England Patriots +250
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +400
  • Houston Texans +850
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +900
  • Los Angeles Chargers +950
  • Kansas City Chiefs +1100
  • Denver Broncos +1500
  • Oakland Raiders +1500
  • Baltimore Ravens +1500
  • Tennessee Titans +1500
  • Indianapolis Colts +2500
  • Cincinnati Bengals +3000
  • Cleveland Browns +3000
  • Miami Dolphins +3500
  • Buffalo Bills +3300
  • New York Jets +4500

National Football Conference 

Will the Eagles Fly Again to the Super Bowl?

After winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history, the Eagles might be in better shape roster-wise by not losing any key players and adding defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata to a stout front four. Philadelphia was the only team in the NFL to rank in the top five in points scored and points allowed last season but wasn’t given any favors by schedule makers as 10 of its 16 games in 2018 are against 2017 playoff teams.

The elephant in the room is the health of quarterback Carson Wentz and the re-emergence of Super Bowl 52 hero Nick Foles. If Wentz struggles, the coaching staff may feel pressure to get Foles in the lineup, which could inject unnecessary drama in the locker room. It’s also worth noting that only two teams have repeated as NFC champions since 1996 – the Green Bay Packers in 1996-97 and Seattle Seahawks in 2013-14. So if the Eagles’ value doesn’t entice you, there may be two other teams that bettors should keep on their radar.

Other NFC Teams to Consider

The Green Bay Packers are listed at +600 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl after having his season cut short in Week 6. The Pack got a huge talent injection by adding tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson while focusing on their secondary in the 2018 draft. The only knock on them is they have arguably the toughest stretch of games of any team in the NFL from Week 8 to Week 12 when they have road games vs the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and Vikings. Those games alone may dictate how the Packers’ season unfolds.

The other team that may be of value is the New Orleans Saints at +900. The Big Easy was an improbable Vikings touchdown away from facing the Eagles in the NFC championship game and although running back Mark Ingram will miss the first four games due to suspension, they’ve got reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year Alvin Kamara waiting to eat up the carries. New Orleans’ defense made a huge leap last season, spearheaded by cornerback Marcus Lattimore, and has all the tools to make some legitimate noise in the NFC.

Odds To Win The NFC Championship

Odds as of June 11 at Bovada

  • Philadelphia Eagles +400
  • Minnesota Vikings +550
  • Los Angeles Rams +600
  • Green Bay Packers +600
  • New Orleans Saints +900
  • Atlanta Falcons +1000
  • San Francisco 49ers +1200
  • Carolina Panthers +1400
  • Dallas Cowboys +1400
  • Detroit Lions +1800
  • Seattle Seahawks +2000
  • Washington Redskins +2500
  • New York Giants +2500
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2500
  • Chicago Bears +4000
  • Arizona Cardinals +4500