Early 2008 AFC Betting Odds (Betus) April 30th, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Betting Action – Early AFC Championship Odds
With the NFL Draft taking place this past weekend, the aroma of NFL football is back in the air once again and although it will be approximately four months before the 2008 NFL regular season gets underway, wise NFL bettors know that it’s never too early to begin in their preparation for another exciting NFL wagering season in either, the Top Sportsbooks Locker Room or BetUS Sportsbook.
With that in mind, this article will look at the early NFL Odds to win the AFC Championship while providing a brief comment about each team’s realistic chances of actually winning the conference title.
Now, before some NFL mini-camp gets underway, let me get busy.
To win the AFC Championship
In A League of Their Own: This group of AFC teams not only represents the best group of teams In the AFC, but in my estimation, all of football and the three best bets to win Super Bowl XLIII in early 2009.
New England Patriots +150
Despite their colossal collapse in 2007 the Patriots could find themselves in a familiar place come season’s end – in the Super Bowl. The fact of the matter is that, as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are in New England together, the Patriots will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
San Diego Chargers +450
The Chargers played the Patriots in the AFC title game with their three best players, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers, all suffering injuries to some degree or another. This team could be back in the AFC title games next year easily.
Indianapolis Colts +500
Simply put, the combination of Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy will give this team a legitimate shot to reach the big dance every year they are joined at the hip, which, unfortunately, may not be much longer.
Legitimate Contenders: These teams are hovering on the fringes of the conference’s elite teams and could genuinely reach Super Bowl XLIII.
Jacksonville Jaguars +850
The Jaguars are approaching the elite class mentioned above and are almost there. The upcoming 2008 season could be the one that puts them in their first Super Bowl after years of being bridesmaid.
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a fine season in head coach Mike Tomlin’s first season, winning the AFC North with a 10-6 record and could be even better in 2008 with another year of experience for Tomlin. If the Steelers can keep their star players healthy while getting some improved contributions from their younger players, the Steelers could contend for more than just a division title.
Cleveland Browns +1600
After years of Oh, Romeo, wherefore art thou? Cleveland Browns likable head coach Romeo Crennel and his young Cleveland Browns team finally answered the bell in a big way, shocking the entire NFL while recording a solid 10-6 record. With an even better supporting cast in 2008 and a new attitude that hasn’t been seen in Cleveland since Jim Brown was lacing up his cleats, the Browns could surprise even more in 2008.
Tennessee Titans +2000
While the Titans have one of the best coaches in the league in veteran leader Jeff Fisher, this team needs to surround quarterback Vince Young with some more talent on the offensive side of the ball if they ever expect to move into the class of the AFC’s elite teams. If the Titans can improve on offense, Young could carry this team to something meaningful.
Denver Broncos +2200
The Denver Broncos were I big disappointment last season, going just 7-9 and missing out on the playoffs altogether. To simplify the Broncos’ situation, they will need young quarterback Jay Cutler to look more like the player he was in his rookie season than the one who took the field last season and floundered all season long.
Buffalo Bills +4500
Not Gonna’ Happen: This group of teams has absolutely no chance whatsoever of winning the NFC title in 2008 or at any point in the foreseeable future.
Cincinnati Bengals +2200
It’s a damn shame that all the hard work head coach Marvin Lewis has put into turning this franchise around is suddenly going up in smoke because of the team’s multiple ‘head case’ players, including All-Pro wideout Chad Johnson who has already gone on record to say he wants out. If the Bengals see eight wins in 2008, I’ll be surprised to say the least.
Baltimore Ravens +2500
No Air McNair may means no hope, at least on offense for the Ravens in 2008. Still, the Ravens will field another powerful defense next season.
Houston Texans +3000
This franchise is improving on both sides of the ball under head coach Gary Kubiak but they’ve still got quite a way to go. Still, the Texans’ 8-8 record last season was a step in the right direction and could lead to much bigger things in the very near future, like 2009 possibly.
New York Jets +6000
The Jets took a big step backwards last season under head coach Eric Mangini, falling to 4-12 just one season after going 10-6 in Mangini’s first season at the helm. While I like the Jets to improve significantly this season if they can get some solid play at quarterback, the Jets likely won’t win more than eight games tops.
Miami Dolphins +6600
The best thing that could have happened to the beleaguered Dolphins franchise is that they went 1-15 and were forced to bring in someone that actually knew what they were doing in new director of football operations, Bill Parcells. The ‘Fins will be back, but it will take a couple of seasons at least.
Kansas City Chiefs +6600
The Chiefs are a total mess and I’m going on record right now to say that this will almost assuredly be head coach Herman Edwards’ last season at the helm unless this franchise can pump out at least eight wins, which isn’t going to happen people.
Oakland Raiders +10000
While the Raiders may not be ready to compete for anything more than an 8-8 record, they do have some talent on the roster and could be a bit closer to getting back to respectability than most people think.
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