Important September AFC Inter-Divisional Battles

Doug Upstone

Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:07 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 5:07 PM UTC

It is coming closer every day and you can feel it! NFL football is creeping up and I know the majority of you reading this cannot wait and have loaded your wagering accounts or have the money set aside.

Here at, we are also fired up and have broken down early games involving inter-divisional action, first starting in the NFC, which you can read here, and now in the AFC.

Both conferences this season have East vs. West and North vs. South showdowns and we have the breakdowns for possible NFL picks ready for you.


Sept. 7 - Kansas City at New England

This will be the lid-lifter to the season and typically the Super Bowl champions when playing at home are tough out. When we looked into the NFL odds, we saw New England favored by eight points and that is deserved, coming of a marvelous 16-3 ATS season and being 13-3 ATS at home the last couple of years. However, at over a touchdown, Kansas City offers value after being division champs and posting a 6-2 SU and ATS road record. Draw your own conclusion.


Sept. 14 - Houston at Cincinnati

In the second 'Color Rush' (monochromatic) Thursday game of the season, we have two AFC clubs with big aspirations. Houston is hoping QB Tom Savage can be the steady hand they need, since they have everything else to compete and Cincinnati is keeping fingers crossed the injury bug stays away in 2017. The Bengals are expected to be only two-point favorites, but I like them in this spot, looking to go a little old school Cincy-style and Guns and Roses, because this game will be played "in the jungle baby!"


Sept. 17 - Miami at L.A. Chargers

Miami has uncertain quarterback situation with Ryan Tannehill out and has to make cross-country trip to Orange County. The Chargers believe they are underrated, having upgraded their roster through the draft and this will be their 'new' home opener. Despite negative reports early about playing in 30,000 seat soccer stadium, the thinking has changed in the fact this could be very intimate setting, which works towards the Chargers advantage. LA2 should be a single digit favorite and likely a good wager.


Sept. 24 - Baltimore vs. Jacksonville (London)

In the grand scheme of football, Baltimore needs to get back to the playoffs and Jacksonville really does need a winning season. Because the Jaguars owner has London ties, Jacksonville continues to play one home game across the pond. Two elements to think about in this conflict, what team can establish the running game and what quarterback makes the fewest mistakes. Determine those answers and you will know what side to take if the Ravens are 1.5-point favorites.

 Sept. 24 - Denver at Buffalo

Denver is convinced they are still at playoff team at worst as they venture on the road for the first time this season. Buffalo is in search of stability and discipline after two years of Rex Ryan. After home opener against the Jets, the Bills play three of four on the road and might not be favored in any of the four contests. That is why this will be utterly important game to win for Buffalo and new head coach Sean McDermott.

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