As we gear up for the 2021 NFL season, the AFC looks to be the tougher of the two conferences. Plenty of teams have a chance of making a run through the playoffs to become the AFC representative in the Super Bowl.
You know that the Kansas City Chiefs have made two straight Super Bowls. Kansas City remains one of the NFL’s best teams, but at just +225, there’s better value to be had in betting AFC futures. Let’s break down some of the best bets to win the AFC in 2021.
Buffalo Bills: +500
Let’s start with the team that made the AFC Championship Game in 2020, the Buffalo Bills.
Josh Allen took a massive leap in 2020, leading a Buffalo offense that was a top-five unit. The addition of Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL in receiving, helped the Bills go 13-3.
The Bills have maintained their core from 2020, with a focus on bolstering their defense. Buffalo has a better-than-you’d-expect defense and has the makings of one of the most balanced teams in the entire league.
The Bills are on the cusp of the Super Bowl, and with elite EDGE rusher Jerry Hughes anchoring the defensive line, Buffalo deserves your respect in 2021.
Cleveland Browns: +750
The Browns return what many consider to be the best offensive line in football and a much-improved defense. Already with defensive end Myles Garrett, the team made a few big additions in the offseason, most notable EDGE Jadeveon Clowney and safety John Johnson.
Baker Mayfield had a clean 2020, proving he can lead an offense in the NFL, and you won’t find a more menacing rushing duo than Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Cleveland has made the necessary additions to build on an 11-5 season. Maybe this is finally the season the Browns make and win a Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos: +900
The Broncos have the fifth-best odds to win the AFC, at +900. These odds are built on the rumors of Denver making a move to acquire disgruntled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rumor or not, there’s merit to the discussion, and if the Broncos do indeed land Rodgers, this team should be considered a favorite to win the conference.
Denver has a strong group of receivers, a good offensive line, solid running backs, and an elite defense. All they need is a quarterback. If a trade does happen between Green Bay and Denver, don’t expect to get in on these odds. If you think the Broncos get Rodgers, now is the time to bet on them to win the AFC.
Tennessee Titans: +1400
The Titans have extremely favorable odds, at +1400. Tennessee made a run at the AFC Conference Championship game just two seasons ago and has now bolstered their offensive firepower.
The Titans acquired All-Pro receiver Julio Jones, adding him to a group that already includes two stars: Derrick Henry and AJ Brown. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more menacing offensive trio.