It’s now less than three months until the start of the NFL regular season. As we wait for the 2021 season, it’s never too early to consider betting on NFL futures.
Today, we’ll take a look at the divisional favorites in the AFC, their AFC odds, and which teams to bet on, and which to avoid.
Odds are courtesy of MyBookie, and if you’d like to bet on any division, you can do so on the NFL betting page.
2021 AFC Divisional Betting Favorites
AFC East: Buffalo Bills -160
The Bills took the AFC East mantle from the Patriots in 2020, finishing 13-3 and advancing to the AFC Championship Game.
Josh Allen had a breakout year alongside new receiver Stefon Diggs, and the bet here is that Buffalo’s 2020 success is only the beginning.
This team has worked to improve their defense in the offseason, bringing back one of the best offenses from last season.
The Patriots still have a question mark at quarterback, the Dolphins are competitive but not a long-term threat, and then there’s the Jets.
The Bills are well-positioned to repeat as AFC East champs.
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens +110
The AFC North was one of the most competitive divisions in football in 2020, with three teams making the playoffs. The 2020 champion Steelers have had a fall, with their odds reflecting bettors’ confidence in Ben Roethlisberger.
The 2021 AFC North is shaping up to be a two-team race between the two teams that won a playoff game: the Ravens and Browns.
Baltimore is the current favorite, with Cleveland’s odds at +140. The Browns made some nice additions this offseason to shore up a defense and look the part of a championship team. The Ravens have a strong rushing attack and defense, but the Browns might have better rushers and the best offensive line in all of football.
The preferred pick here is Cleveland instead of the current favorites in Baltimore.
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts -105
The Colts are the favorites to win the AFC South after their Wild Card berth last season. Indianapolis has a strong rushing attack and balanced defense, but curiously what seems to have brought them to favorites status is the acquisition of beleaguered quarterback Carson Wentz from Philadelphia.
Wentz was one of the worst QBs in the NFL last season, and Indy is banking on a return to his near-MVP form from 2017.
The AFC South is a curious division in that there are two dreadful teams at the bottom in Houston and Jacksonville. It should make inter-division play easy for the Colts and Titans.
Tennessee just brought in Julio Jones to give them one of the most dynamic offensive attacks in the NFL.
The Titans have had playoff success the last few years, and they are the pick here at better odds: +110.
AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs -290
Not surprisingly, the team who has made it two straight Super Bowls is the betting favorite out of the AFC West.
You know about the Chiefs, and yes, there are no signs they’re going to start slowing down. At -290, you’re not betting on them to win the division; that risk isn’t worth the reward.
The AFC West does have two teams of interest that could win the division if a few things break their way. First, the Denver Broncos, at +400. Denver had a top-five defense last season and a loaded wide receiver room. With rumors that Aaron Rodgers may be traded to Denver, the Broncos are an intriguing bet.
Justin Herbert won Rookie of the Year last season with the Los Angeles Chargers and looked the part of a future NFL star. He and this Chargers team should improve on their 7-9 mark from 2020. Their odds are currently +600.