AFC betting odds for the Conference Championship game are looking good here at RealBet. The sports gnomes have determined that the New England Patriots are the favorites at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let’s take a look at the AFC betting odds and see if we can identify any weak spots in the lines and cash in.
AFC Betting Odds – Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots
The Pittsburgh Steelers roll into Kraftland to take on TV pretty Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Patriots had a first round bye and will no doubt be a little more rested than the Steelers. The Steelers have played two more games as they won via the AFC Wild Card game, and are no doubt be feeling the strain. Although the Patriots are well, the Patriots, the Steelers behind Ben Roethlisberger have plenty of talent and a couple of Super Bowl rings of their own. This will not be a forgone conclusion by any means. The Patriots are -6 favorites on the point spread and are -250 on the moneyline. The Steelers are +210 dogs on the ML and the Over Under is at 51.
NFL AFC Best Bets – New England Patriots
When it comes to AFC betting odds online I can’t say that I hate -6 on the spread. The Pats are healthy, well rested, and are playing at home. They have the slight edge in defense and are ranked #8 in the league against the Steelers’ #12 defense. Meanwhile, Tom Brady and his O teammates are ranked #4 in the league and even without Gronk have a lethal offense.
Now add in the supernatural Tom Cruise witchy powers of Bill Belichick and you now have some serious mojo. If you say his name three times he will appear- Belichick, Belichick, Belich… With 5 Super Bowls between them, the Brady and Belichick combo at home under the patrician eye of Robert Kraft are going to be tough to beat.
Pittsburgh Steelers Lines – AFC Betting
The Pittsburgh Steelers are no slouches, and under Mike Tomlin have already won a Super Bowl in 2008/9 season. It was Big Ben’s second Super Bowl and the Steelers have been competitive for years. Now with the addition of elite receiver Antonio Brown, and a revitalized Le’Veon Bell at running back, the Steelers’ offense has improved dramatically.
The question is can they beat the Patriots come Sunday? They have the right QB, a seasoned veteran coach, and some genuine talent. My only concerns would be that they are on the road and have played two more games than the Patriots. This is is going to be a heck of a game and Pittsburgh will need everything in the tank to triumph.
AFC Championship Game – Conference Betting
What is really interesting is that Tom Brady and Big Ben have only met once in the playoffs so in many ways this will be a historic game. Ultimately, I am feeling the Patriots will prevail for all the reasons mentioned above. Home field and two less games plus their cohesion and star power means that the Patriots are necessary favorites. To be on the safe side I think I will take the Pats on the -250 moneyline. As always, take a look at the prop bets prior to game time.
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