It looks like the NFL owners and the league's Players Association is finally making some real progress in hammering out a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement)so everyone can finally get back to work and start preparing for the 2011 season.
According to the odds makers the battle to win the AFC will be a two-team race between New England and Pittsburgh. The reality is this race remains pretty wide open as there are a handful of teams that have a legitimate shot at getting to the Super Bowl and a few more that have the potential to challenge for the conference title if a couple of the right pieces fall into place.
When considering the posted odds, one of the main things to take into consideration is public perception. The betting public has a huge influence on the odds in the sense that they tend to lean towards past favorites without taking into consideration all the current factors affecting these teams. This in turn will drive the odds down lower than they really should be, thus sapping out most of the value.
The following is a link to a brief look at the conference odds for all 16 teams in the AFC as originally posted on Cappers Picks.
2011 AFC Conference Future Lines – Team by Team Analysis