AFC/NFC Championship Odds Update After Week 3 of Preseason

  • BetOnline has the New England Patriots (+325) and Kansas City Chiefs (+400) as the top AFC contenders
  • Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement dropped the Colts to 25/1 to win the AFC Championship
  • The New Orleans Saints (+450) are the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl

Loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, the Colts were the trendiest of Super Bowl picks heading into the NFL’s 100th season. Then, out of nowhere, 29-year-old quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the football world (and ruined O.J. Simpson’s fantasy team) by announcing his retirement.

Listed at 16/1 to hoist the Super Bowl just last week, Indianapolis is now 25/1 to win the AFC Championship. Let’s look at BetOnline to see how teams in each conference are stacking up following week 3 of the preseason.

ODDS TO WIN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

NFL Team Odds
New England Patriots +325
Kansas City Chiefs +400
Cleveland Browns +700
Los Angeles Chargers +700
Houston Texans +1000
Pittsburgh Steelers +1000
Jacksonville Jaguars +1200
Baltimore Ravens +2000
Indianapolis Colts +2500
Oakland Raiders +2500
Tennessee Titans +2500
Buffalo Bills +3300
Denver Broncos +3300
New York Jets +3300
Cincinnati Bengals +8000
Miami Dolphins +8000

KEY AFC PRESEASON DEVELOPMENTS

Widely viewed as the team’s biggest weakness, Cleveland’s offensive line struggled in their regular season tune-up against the Buccaneers.

After a mustachioed Baker Mayfield completed just 10 of 26 attempts for 72 yards and an interception, many NFL fans may be wondering if we’ve truly seen the last of the lowly Browns.

In stark contrast, their AFC North-rival Steelers looked crisp in Ben Roethlisberger’s preseason debut against the Titans. On the game’s third drive, Big Ben marched 58 yards down the field on nine plays, connecting with JuJu Smith-Schuster on a 17-yard touchdown.

James Conner ran for 41 yards on five carries and sophomore wide receiver James Washington continued his hot preseason with a 41-yard score, giving Steelers faithful another reason to believe they will be just fine without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

ODDS TO WIN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

NFL Team Odds
New Orleans Saints +450
Los Angeles Rams +600
Philadelphia Eagles +600
Chicago Bears +700
Green Bay Packers +800
Dallas Cowboys +1000
Minnesota Vikings +1200
Atlanta Falcons +1400
San Francisco 49ers +1400
Seattle Seahawks +1600
Carolina Panthers +2000
New York Giants +3300
Detroit Lions +4000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4000
Arizona Cardinals +5000
Washington Redskins +8000

KEY NFC PRESEASON DEVELOPMENTS

Drew Brees quickly reminded everyone why the Saints are the favorite in the NFC, capping off his only series of the entire preseason with a 19-yard TD pass to Michael Thomas.

Handsome Jimmy Garoppolo rebounded from an ugly performance in week 2 of the preseason, completing 14 of 20 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

The news was much worse for Cam Newton, who left Gillette Field in a walking boot after being sacked by the Patriots. With X-rays coming back negative and Cam expected back for the season opener, the Panthers are still an intriguing NFC underdog at 20-1.

After throwing for 141 yards against the Bengals, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has now completed 25 of 30 passes for 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions through three preseason games.

The biggest preseason development in the NFC East, however, has been the standout play of Cowboys rookie RB Tony Pollard, who looked downright explosive on a 20-yard carry against the Texans on Saturday.

If Ezekiel Elliott continues his holdout into the season, it shouldn’t torpedo Dallas’ playoff chances.

Steve Dominey

Steve has almost 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and sports television. After acquiring a Journalism degree from Carleton University, he assembled highlight packs for Canada's most-watched sports network (TSN) before transitioning to a career in communications. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.