AFC Odds to Win

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a Super Bowl title, the champs aren’t favored to win the AFC next season.

Oddsmakers have released the futures odds to win the AFC and have made the New England Patriots the opening favorites at 2.5/1.

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The Steelers will essentially return the same roster in 2009 as it had when they beat the Arizona Cardinals in February’s Super Bowl. But oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have listed Pittsburgh’s odds at 5/1, which rank behind the Patriots (2.5/1) and on par with the San Diego Chargers (5/1).

Oddsmakers obviously are keeping New England’s odds to win the AFC low with the return of quarterback Tom Brady, who missed nearly the entire 2008 season after injuring his knee in Week 1. All indications are that he has completely recovered from knee surgery and if so, the Pats are going to be tough to beat again in ’09.

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts also have short odds at 7.5/1, while the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets have opening odds at 10/1.

If you’re looking for some value picks, the Jacksonville Jaguars are 20/1 to win and should bounce back from last year’s disastrous season as long as their offensive line returns to full health. The additions of rookies Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton should help an offensive line unit that was decimated by injuries last season.

If you’re in the mood for a massive sleeper, the Kansas City Chiefs are 40/1 to win, but they’re also one of the most improved teams in the AFC. They think they’ve settled their quarterback situation after trading for Matt Cassel and new GM Scott Pioli has added some quality defensive pieces in Zach Thomas, Mike Vrabel and rookie third overall pick Tyson Jackson.

For complete futures odds to win the AFC, see below. And for odds to win Super Bowl XLIV, click here.

2009-2010 AFC Odds to Win – Odds to win the AFC in 2009-2010

Baltimore Ravens 10/1

Buffalo Bills 25/1

Cincinnati Bengals 25/1

Cleveland Browns 25/1

Denver Broncos 25/1

Houston Texans 10/1

Indianapolis Colts 7.5/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 20/1

Kansas City Chiefs 40/1

Miami Dolphins 10/1

New England Patriots 2.5/1

New York Jets 10/1

Oakland Raiders 30/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 5/1

San Diego Chargers 5/1

Tennessee Titans 9.5/1

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Posted: 6/11/09 9:05PM ET

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