AFC Conference Champion Predictions Updated: July 2014
With the 2013 NFL football season almost finished up, now is a great time to review some of the future odds, especially the division or conference winners. The conference predicted winners have some great odds you should consider before the season starts.
With record-setting QB Peyton Manning at the helm, anything is possible. Manning has broken the NFL record for most TD passes in a season and, with one game remaining, has a shot at breaking Drew Brees’ record for most passing yards in a season. At 12-3 going into the final week of the season, the Broncos should be the AFC’s No. 1 seed and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
With a virtual no-name cast, the New England Patriots have once again clinched the AFC East and will likely be the No. 2 seed in the AFC. It is still possible that the Patriots can get a No. 1 seed, which would be to their advantage. They are 7-0 at home this season, including a 34-31 overtime win over Denver.
Should they make it to the AFC Championship and have home-field advantage, look out. QB Tom Brady has had an admirable year, but not one of his best (4,221 passing yards, 24 TDs). TE Rob Gronkowski came back from injury only to injure a knee and is done for the year. Brady’s top target is WR Julian Edelman (96 receptions, 991 yards), a former college quarterback.
The Bengals won the AFC North for the third time in franchise history and clinched a third straight playoff berth. Cincinnati does it with defense. They are sixth against the run and fifth in total defense in the NFL. QB Andy Dalton has been terrific throwing for 4,015 yards and 31 touchdowns. Wide receiver A.J.
Green (94 receptions, 1,365 yards) is one of the league’s best and the running back tandem of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard has combined for over 1,300 yards. To win the AFC, the Benglas will likely have to win away from home. They have won four of their last five games, but just one on the road.