Patriots, Colts among favourites on AFC divisional odds


New England Patriots' Julian Edelman, centre, runs from Los Angeles Rams' Cory Littleton (58) during the second half of Super Bowl 53. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Winners of 10 games in 2019, their best season in a decade, the Buffalo Bills look to be the biggest beneficiaries of Tom Brady’s decision to leave New England. But despite making a number of key personnel moves and the departure of their archnemesis, the Bills continue to lag behind the Patriots as plus-130 second favourites on the odds to win the AFC East next season at sportsbooks monitored by

The Bills made a bold move to give quarterback Josh Allen some help downfield by trading for wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and bolstered their defence by signing veteran cornerback Josh Norman and linebacker Mario Addison. That has them listed at minus-185 odds to return to the post-season and make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1999.

However, it is the Patriots that continue to lead the way as slender plus-125 chalk on the AFC East title odds. Brady’s departure for Tampa Bay as a free agent leaves a massive hole under centre in New England, but with 11 straight AFC East titles to their credit, and a 17-3 record against Buffalo over the past decade, it may be too soon to write off the Patriots.

A changing of the guard could also be in store in the AFC South, where the Indianapolis Colts sit as plus-155 favourites at online betting sites. The Colts hope to have solved their issues at quarterback by signing veteran Philip Rivers, but sit just ahead of the Tennessee Titans, who sport plus-165 odds following last season’s spectacular playoff run. Conversely, the Houston Texans have fallen to a plus-300 wager to repeat as AFC South champions after shocking the league by sending star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for running back David Johnson.

The Baltimore Ravens led the NFL with a 14-2 record last season, and are set as minus-200 favourites to once again win the AFC North. Baltimore’s greatest threat is expected to come from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who sit second at plus-350 on those NFL odds. The Steelers compiled a respectable 8-8 record last season despite losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to injury. Roethlisberger is reportedly recovering well from a season-ending elbow injury, and leads the way as a plus-225 wager to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year honours.

And to no one’s surprise, the Kansas City Chiefs are listed as heavy minus-450 betting favourites to claim a fifth straight AFC West title. The Chiefs have won 12 games in three of the past four seasons, and are poised to return to action with their Super Bowl-winning core intact.

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