Tis’ the season for widespread online sports betting and holiday cheer. Cozy Thanksgiving Day football games, gambling excitement, and a feast to go with it. NFL betting is especially sweet this time of year, as playoff races heat up and contenders come out guns blazing. With six weeks left in the 2020 season, the pigskin herd is thinning out. The playoff bracket is taking shape, and the potential combatants are digging in for war. Let’s take a look at the NFL AFC Week 12 playoff picture from top to bottom, as it stands right now.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
The last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The BetUS sportsbook has several Steelers special betting odds available, and currently, Pittsburgh has 4–1 odds of finishing 16-0. The Steelers have a one-game lead in the race for home-field advantage. Pittsburgh still has a few difficult games on the schedule, starting with Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.
According to NFL COVID-19 news, the Ravens are experiencing issues, among other things, but are still certainly a formidable foe. The Steelers also have to battle the Bills in Buffalo and the Colts in Pittsburgh. No doubt Cleveland would love to spoil Pittsburgh’s party on the last game of the season at FirstEnergy Stadium, too. Think of when there was an open $7 Million bounty on John Wick’s head in Chapter 2. Perfection has a price.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)
The Kansas City Chiefs are playing like reigning champions hope to, and KC currently has a three-game lead in the AFC West. NFL picks have Kansas City leading the pack as far as Super Bowl Odds go, coming in with a +350 moneyline to repeat. However, the Chiefs have had a difficult time with the Raiders all season.
In an NFL Week 5 matchup, the Radiers defeated Kansas City 40-32 in Arrowhead, handing the champs their only loss. Last week, the Raiders narrowly missed securing the season sweep, losing 35-31 on a classic Patrick Mahomes comeback drive in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs won, but it’s doubtful that they want to face the Raiders in the postseason.
3. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
The Buffalo Bills lost a heartbreaking game in the desert in a Week 10 NFL matchup, as the Arizona Cardinals won miraculously 32-30. Kyler Murray’s Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins in triple coverage might go down as the play of the year. Fortunately for Buffalo, the Miami Dolphins just lost in Denver, so the Bills still have a one-game lead in the AFC East.
The most recent odds to win the division show Buffalo as favored with a -600 moneyline. The Dolphins (+375) and Patriots (+2000) are still in the hunt for the crown. The Bills face the Chargers in Buffalo coming out of their bye, and should climb another rung in the ladder.
4. Indianapolis Colts (7-3)
The Indianapolis Colts have won four out of five, most recently winning a tough overtime struggle with the Green Bay Packers 34-31. Indianapolis has a top-five defense, and if QB Philip Rivers can hit a stride the Colts are a dangerous team. Indy hosts the Titans this week, and the Colts currently own the tiebreaker over the Titans in the AFC South.
5. Tennessee Titans (7-3)
Due to the tiebreaker situation with the Colts, the Tennessee Titans are the first Wild-Card team at the moment. Of course, the scenario could flip-flop, based on how everything plays out. Tennessee has been a magical team at times but will need more consistency from key players (including K Stephen Gostkowski).
6. Cleveland Browns (7-3)
The Cleveland Browns have had an up-and-down, Jekyll and Hyde type of season, riddled with injuries. Read more on that in our NFL Injury News. Yet and still, the gritty Browns are winning games and their offense is potent. Based on their remaining schedule, Cleveland seems primed for a wild-card spot.
7. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)
The Las Vegas Raiders are an extremely intriguing dark0horse candidate in the AFC. Las Vegas is the only team to have defeated KC in Week 5, and its offense is third-best in the conference. The Raiders own the tiebreaker over the Ravens and Dolphins, due to a better conference record.
On The Outside Looking In
8. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The mighty Baltimore Ravens look like they need to eat some spinach because they’ve been wimpy, wimpy, wimpy. Baltimore has lost three of its previous four games and barely defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 6 NFL matchup. Now with the COVID-19 bug biting the organization, making a playoff push becomes that much more difficult for the Ravens. On a positive note, Baltimore owns the tiebreaker over the Dolphins based on strength of victory.
9. Miami Dolphins (6-4)
The Miami Dolphins tripped up in Denver with last week’s NFL matchup, and rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa crashed to Earth hard. However, there is still reason for optimism in Miami. The Dolphins can build a winning streak on the backs of the Jets and Bengals, in preparation for stiffer challenges. Miami is currently one game out of first in the AFC East.
10. Denver Broncos (4-6)
The Denver Broncos are only two games out of the Wild-Card slot, but QB Drew Lock stinks and Denver doesn’t have what it takes. Back to the drawing board for John Elway.
11. New England Patriots (4-6)
No one wants to count mastermind Bill Belichick out, but the New England Patriots are done. New England is two games out of the Wild Card, but should lose four of its final six games. The reign of chowda terror is finally over in the AFC East. Go home Pats.
12. Los Angeles Chargers (3-7)
Rookie QB Justin Herbert has shown flashes of brilliance but the playoffs aren’t in the cards just yet. The Los Angeles Chargers are three games out of the Wild Card and will likely fight like hell, but it’s not happening.
13. Houston Texans (3-7)
The Houston Texans have won two of their last three contests and may have an outside shot at making the postseason. Houston has talent on both sides of the ball, and they’ve made an improbable run before. The Texans are also three games out of the hunt.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)
The Cincinnati Bengals have been eliminated, and franchise QB Joe Burrow has a long recovery ahead of him. We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
16. New York Jets (0-10)
NFL AFC Week 12 betting analysis for the New York Jets: a complete and total disaster, and an embarrassment to professional football as usual. Fire Adam Gase, select a future Hall of Famer with the top pick and pray.