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New England Patriots Lead Betting Odds To Win AFC And Play In Super Bowl XLV

January 3rd, 2011- By Bryan Cross

The New England Patriots and three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady enter the 2011 NFL post-season as the asserted favorite to win the AFC and make their way to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.

Five other teams though may say “not so fast.”

While New England (14-2) comes in with the best record in the NFL, the No.1 seed, and home field advantage throughout the course of the playoffs, they know as well as anyone that championships are not won on paper and they will be in for a fight whoever their second-round opponent will be.

In addition to the New England, the Pittsburgh Steelers will enjoy a first-round Bye as the No.2 seed in the conference, winning the AFC North division a season removed from failing to make the post-season.

NFL betting lines on Bodog Sportsbook favor the Patriots and Steelers as the top-two contenders to win the AFC. New England has been installed at 4/5, while Pittsburgh comes in at 11/2.

The wildcard weekend upcoming presents two AFC playoff games, with the winners earning the opportunity to play their way into the conference championship against the No.1 and No.2 seeds in the divisional round.

The AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs come in as perhaps the surprise of the 2010-11 NFL Season, stealing away a division that had long belonged to the San Diego Chargers.  As the No.4 seed, Kansas City will host the No.5 Baltimore Ravens this weekend. Kansas City comes in as an 18/1 favorite to win the AFC.  The Ravens drew the first wildcard spot based on record of a non-division winner and come in looking to advance past where they made it last season.  Quarterback Joe Flacco and company blew away New England in the wildcard, but dropped to Indianapolis in the divisional round. Baltimore is set at 7/1 to win the AFC.

The Colts won the AFC South division in the last week of the regular season, and tie an NFL record with their ninth-straight post-season appearance, led of course by quarterback Peyton Manning.  Indianapolis will host the New York Jets, the No.6 seed in the playoffs. The Colts are going off at 10/1 to claim the conference for a second season in a row, while the Jets are an 11/1 favorite.  This will be a rematch of the AFC Championship game from last season, won byIndianapolis.

Odds to win the 2011 AFC- Courtesy of Bodog

Baltimore Ravens  7/1
Indianapolis Colts  10/1
Kansas City Chiefs  18/1
New England Patriots  4/5
New York Jets  11/1
Pittsburgh Steelers  3/1

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