Last season few coaches were on a hotter seat than the Ravens John Harbaugh. Baltimore was stuck in neutral with flamed out quarterback Joe Flacco. Harbaugh had nothing to lose when he gambled on rookie Lamar Jackson as a new starting QB. As a result of this change, the former Heisman Trophy winner saved Harbaugh’s job. While making the Ravens into a hot NFL betting contender in the AFC. Many believe Jackson will revolutionize the position. If not the sport itself. However, the divisional playoffs are nowhere. And with that comes tighter games and higher pressure.
2020 AFC Championship Odds
Kansas City Chiefs (12-4 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 8-8 OU, AFC West Champions)
At the onset of the season, the Chiefs were a justifiable online betting favorite to win the AFC. Many believe Kansas City should have made the Super Bowl 12 months ago. But a close offsides penalty blew the title to the Patriots. Defensively the Chiefs have shown solid improvement. Of course, the offense is never a worry with 2018 NFL’s most valuable player Patrick Mahomes. Once again Mahomes surpassed the 4000-yard passing mark with a 26/5 touchdown to interception ratio. KC lost just one of their last eight games to the spread.
Baltimore Ravens (14-2 SU, 10-6 ATS, 9-7 OU, AFC North Champions)
In the same way, the Ravens and Jackson are understandable public favorites. Ignored in the Jackson hype is Baltimore’s third-ranked scoring defense. The fact that the Ravens run the ball so well compliments that highly capable stop unit. Most important of all is that Baltimore paid in nine of their last 10 games.
Houston Texans (10-6 SU, 7-8-1 ATS, 7-9 OU, AFC South Champions)
Commencing with their 22-19 overtime home win over Buffalo in the wild-card round does Houston look different. That win was a level of character and fortitude not shown by the Texans in the past. Cause by the multi-dimensional threat of quarterback Deshaun Watson does Houston bring a legitimate weapon. For all that the Texans defense ranked 28th overall in the NFL and will worry gamblers.
Tennessee Titans (9-7 SU, 8-7-1 ATS, 10-6 OU, AFC Wild Card)
The outcome last week in Tennessee’s 20-13 win at the Patriots cements a place in history. Ryan Tannehill’s career appeared to be over in September but he and the Titans are reborn. Concurrently Tannehill saved Tennessee’s season and likely head coach Mike Vrabel’s job. The Titans have covered seven of their last 10 games heading into the weekend. Summing up Tennessee has impressed, but Saturday’s game in Baltimore is a tall order.
2020 AFC Championship-NFL Betting Pick
In comparison to the other teams, Baltimore and Kansas City are the vastly more impressive NFL betting choices. Not to mention the most realistic choices. Accordingly, the Chiefs beat the Ravens earlier this season at KC. However, Baltimore would host the rematch if both clubs make the championship game. Lamar Jackson has proven to be a game-changer. Add the home field and the choice becomes clear.
2020 AFC Championship-NFL Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens