The 2013 NFL regular season is set to begin in less than a week, as the Denver Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. It’s one of the biggest games of the year, since it includes the defending champs and the 2014 Super Bowl favorites.
Even if last year’s AFC West champs don’t make it to MetLife Stadium in February, they are expected to reach the playoffs with relative ease. No other team is a heavier favorite to win their division. Their odds have been set at -300, while the Kansas City Chiefs come in second at +400.
The New England Patriots betting odds for winning their division have also been set at -300. The Miami Dolphins are expected to be the biggest challenger in the AFC East at +325.
The Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers are the only other odds-on favorites to win their respective divisions. The defending AFC South champs come in at -250, while Green Bay is -140 in the NFC North.
Not surprisingly, the projected best teams in the league have the top MVP candidates. Peyton Manning leads the candidates, which are comprised mostly of quarterbacks. Adrian Peterson, last year’s winner, is the only player in the top 10 that doesn’t play under center.
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Below are the betting odds for each division in the 2013 season, according to Bovada. Odds for individual awards are included, as well.
MVP: Peyton Manning (5/1), Aaron Rodgers (13/2) Colin Kaepernick (10/1), Drew Brees (10/1), Tom Brady (10/1), Adrian Peterson (12/1), Matt Ryan (12/1)
Offensive ROY: EJ Manuel (5/1), Eddie lacy (11/2), Montee Ball (11/2), Tavon Austin (6/1), Giovani Bernard (8/1), Geno Smith (12/1)
Defensive ROY: Ezekiel Ansah (15/2), Jarvis Jones (8/1), Alec Ogletree (10/1), Arthur Brown (10/1), Tyran Mathieu (10/1), Manti Te’o (14/1), Star Lotulelei (14/1)
AFC East NFC East
New England Patriots -300 Dallas Cowboys +200
Miami Dolphins +325 New York +200
Buffalo Bills +900 Washington Redskins +250
New York Jets +1400 Philadelphia Eagles +400
AFC North NFC North
Cincinnati Bengals +180 Green Bay Packers -140
Pittsburgh Steelers +210 Chicago Bears +300
Baltimore Ravens +225 Detroit Lions +450
Cleveland Browns +500 Minnesota Vikings +600
AFC South NFC South
Houston Texans -250 Atlanta Falcons +140
Indianapolis Colts +240 New Orleans Saints +170
Tennessee Titans +800 Carolina Panthers +400
Jacksonville Jaguars +2800 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +500
AFC West NFC West
Denver Broncos -300 San Francisco 49ers +110
Kansas City Chiefs +400 Seattle Seahawks +110
San Diego Chargers +600 St. Louis Rams +500
Oakland Raiders +2000 Arizona Cardinals +2000