The NFL Conference Championship games may be overshadowed by the Super Bowl, but you don’t get to that big game without getting to this one first. As such, NFL Conference Championship odds receive plenty of betting action across the sportsbook and is second only to the Super Bowl in terms of prominence.
The Conference Championships are exactly what they sound like. They are the championship game for the respective NFL conferences: The American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC).
Historically, the AFC and NFC used to be two different football leagues: The American Football League (AFL) and the NFL. The two leagues had their respective championship games where the two winners met in the Super Bowl to decide the best pro football team in America.
2022-23 NFL Conference Championship Odds
The NFL Conference Championship odds come in two major markets: The outrights market and the pre-game odds – the NFL point spreads, moneyline, and totals (over/under). Outright NFL odds are already out and you can bet on the online sports betting site. This is where you bet on which two teams win the AFC Championship and NFC Championship.
The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the favorites on the AFC odds and the NFC odds to win the Conference Championship, respectively. It means they are the two most likely to meet in Super Bowl LVII two weeks later.
|Kansas City Chiefs
|San Francisco 49ers
NFL Conference Championship Betting Examples
As an example, we’ll look at a popular way to bet on NFL Conference Championship odds. This is via the outrights, which are available most of the year. These were some of the preseason odds from last season:
The winning bet here was for the Rams at +600. A $100 bet would have returned $600. In fact, a bettor could have still profited if they bet $100 each on each of the top-five teams. You can either bet large on one team or divide the bet for multiple teams.
Closer to the playoffs, these outright odds change. Teams can see their odds drop or rise depending on factors like NFL injury report and recent performances. Sometimes it can be a good idea to wait and see if a team you favor will see their odds lengthen for a potentially bigger payout.