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AFC wildcards on the line

AFC wildcards on the line


The final day of the regular season in the NFL sees the AFC take centre stage, with two post-season berths still very much up for grabs.

The Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans are the two sides in the box seats heading into the weekend action, with the LA Chargers and the Buffalo Bills hoping to take advantage of any slip-ups.

The Ravens should get the job done against AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals, with 3/1 to win by a margin of 7-12 points a tempting market.

Things are a little less certain for the Titans, who face a tough final-day clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a side who have beaten Tennessee to the AFC South title.

However, when these two teams met in Week 2 in Jacksonville, the Titans claimed a 37-16 victory – thanks to 31 second-half points – so they appear to be good value at 7/2 to win by 7-12 points when it really matters.

Both they and the Ravens will be well aware the Chargers and the Bills will be expected to defeat the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins respectively.

Also still on the line in the AFC is home-field advantage, with the defending champion New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers both 12-3 heading into their final games.

The Pats edge the head-to-head, meaning a win over the New York Jets would be enough for them, with the Steelers ending their regular season against the winless Cleveland Browns.

The outright market for AFC supremacy might be the way to go if you fancy a bet on the Pats or Pittsburgh, with the Steelers 11/4 to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010.

In the NFC post-season, matters have been all but settled, leaving the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks to battle for the final wildcard spot.

The Falcons, who should have celebrated a first Super Bowl success 12 months ago, hold the head-to-head advantage over the Seahawks but face a tough ask when they take on NFC South rivals Carolina.

The Panthers still have the divisional title to fight for and offer some value at 17/10 to win in Atlanta.

With victory a necessity for the Falcons, expect their expansive offense to come to the fore, meaning that over both 4.5 touchdowns in the game at 5/7 and Atlanta 20/23 to score over 24.5 points could both offer a small return.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.