There are eight teams left vying for this season’s Super Bowl title but in a battle of conferences, which of the two would you most likely include in your NFL picks?
If you surf on over to 5Dimes, the NFL odds are posted for any AFC team vs. any NFC team remaining in the tournament. Even a casual football fan would know that the NFC’s four remaining entries are of a better caliber than the collective four of the AFC. But one team remains the favorite among all the rest, the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The Pats are the straw that stirs the oddsmakers’ drink and because Tom Terrific and his talented band of Patriots, currently listed at -173 to win the AFC and +178 to repeat as Super Bowl champs, are so ahead of the AFC pack that the line makes sense. Let’s assume that New England continues their anticipated ascension to the NFL’s biggest stage then wouldn’t you like them as 2 ½ point neutral zone favorites against any one of the NFC’s four remaining top guns?
However, let’s change course and consider the possibility that the Patriots get upset in their quest for another title and somehow, someway, the Tennessee Titans shock the world and become the AFC’s entry versus the Vikings, Eagles, Saints, or Falcons. If you include the NFC +2 ½ in your NFL picks today, you would be sitting pretty with a heavily favored NFC team actually getting almost a field goal head start!Divisional Round and Beyond
We start with the AFC games this weekend. On Saturday, the Patriots will host the visiting Titans, fresh off their upset win over the Chiefs. As of this writing, New England is a whopping 13 ½ point home favorite. Only a die-hard Titans fan (is there really such a thing?) would believe Marcus Mariota and his crew could come away with a victory in Foxboro. A cover maybe - but not an outright win. Oh, and by the way, if that one rare Titans fan is reading this, you may want to check out 5Dimes, currently offering Tennessee at +660 to win that game outright on the money line.
The Steelers will host the visiting Jaguars and this one is not nearly as lopsided a matchup as the other AFC divisional contest. Pittsburgh is favored by 7 ½ at most of the majors but the Jags defense is capable of shutting down the very best. Either way, one of these teams will visit Foxboro and neither is likely to emerge victorious.
Therefore, the Patriots will most likely wind up as your AFC champion and regardless of which team escapes the NFC battle royal, getting New England at less than a field goal sounds like good business to me. Get down now because once this weekend’s games are finished, and New England is one step closer to the big game, then expect this line on the AFC to soar above the magic number of three. Don’t wait for that to happen - so lock in now!