The Patriots and Packers have had a stranglehold on their respective divisions in recent years, and according to the latest odds, that isn't expected to change in 2015. What other teams are betting favorites to win their division this season?
The New England Patriots have completely dominated the AFC East for over a decade, winning the division title 11 times over the last 12 years. The Patriots will once again be the favorite to win the AFC East in 2015 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
New England is a -150 favorite to win the AFC East at the sportsbooks. The Patriots have multiple obstacles to overcome this season, including personnel changes on defense and an early-season suspension for Tom Brady, but they've always found a way to overcome adversity in the past. The Patriots will try to hold off the Miami Dolphins (+400), Buffalo Bills (+425) and New York Jets (+750) for their seventh straight AFC East title.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North each of the last four years and are a -300 favorite to win the division again over the Detroit Lions (+600), Minnesota Vikings (+600) and Chicago Bears (+1200). Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are in a similar situation as a -180 favorite, looking to win their fifth straight AFC West title over the Kansas City Chiefs (+350), San Diego Chargers (+500) and Oakland Raiders (+1200).
The biggest divisional favorite on the betting board is the Indianapolis Colts at -400 to win the AFC South. The Houston Texans are going off at +450 as the Colts' biggest competition, with the Tennessee Titans (+1200) and Jacksonville Jaguars (+2000) once again expected to struggle.
With the San Francisco 49ers plummeting this off-season all the way down to +900 to win the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks have emerged as a clear favorite at -250. The Arizona Cardinals (+450) and St. Louis Rams (+650) are on the rise and will try to dethrone the defending divisional champions.
The remaining three divisional races do not have any clear-cut favorites.