Place a wager today on the 2013 AFC Championship Odds at Allpro. You'll notice some familiar names at the top of this list of AFC Championship lines. Our AFC Championship odds are updated daily so don't forgot to bookmark this page and watch the NFL odds move. Below is some of buzz around the league from some of the top contenders:
New England Patriots always have good odds to win the AFC EAST: QB Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick are always a threat and this season they're coming off a stinging home playoff loss to the Jets. As long as Brady is healthy, the offense should continue to roll. Questions come with the defense, although pickup Albert Haynesworth is still a wait-and-see project. If he can live up to his potential (and keep his temper in check on the field), the Pats defense could rise to the level of their offense. Should that happen, it would be a long season not just for the AFC, but also for the entire NFL.
Pittsburgh Steelers have been strong in the AFC North for years: The Steelers feel they lost the Super Bowl more than Green Bay actually won it. That anger and disappointment could make the team even more determined to get back to the AFC Championship Game. Pittsburgh is still solid on both sides of the ball, and is well coached by the fiery Mike Tomlin. The Steelers must work on better protection for Roethlisberger (especially since Byron Leftwich was injured during preseason), and RB Rashard Mendenhall must protect the ball; his fumbles were costly last season. If they stay healthy, Pittsburgh is a legitimate threat to win the AFC crown.
San Diego Chargers should have control of the AFC WEST: The Bolts really have no excuse for not winning their division, if not the AFC. San Diego has one of the league's top quarterbacks in Philip Rivers, and a deep receiving corps including Vincent Jackson and a strong ground game complements him. The defense has key veterans, and special teams can deliver big plays. Norv Turner has a chance to show he's an upper echelon coach by pulling his troops together for a concerted effort to dominate not only the AFC West, but the entire conference as well. To do that, they'll need to start faster than in recent years.
New York Jets: Even though Rex Ryan always has his teams firing on all cylinders, going to the AFC Championship for a third straight year would be asking a lot of any team. Still, don't count out the J-E-T-S. QB Mark Sanchez has another year of experience under his belt. The defense remains the team's strong point and CB Darrelle Revis still controls who gets voted off his island. The Jets will be a contender, no doubt. But their inconsistency is a cause for concern, as Sanchez tends to pull out big plays only when necessary. It's been a winning formula so far, but why tempt fate?
Baltimore Ravens: If the Ravens are to fly into the AFC Championship Game and win it, QB Joe Flacco must demonstrate he can take control of the game when it matters most and cut down the costly miscues. The defense is the backbone of the team with Ray Lewis still a force at middle linebacker. If Flacco could lead the offense the way Lewis does the defense, Baltimore might have already won an AFC Championship with this QB. While Coach John Harbaugh's ball control offense isn't elite, it can put up enough points to win. Flacco's arm, while huge, would benefit from greater accuracy.
American Football Conference Champion Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||25-1|
|New England Patriots||5-2|
|New York Jets||60-1|
|San Diego Chargers||20-1|