The sports betting online community always has an eye on the NFL all year long. From the Combine to the Draft, there is always a milestone date to mark on the NFL calendar. Even the hype surrounding 2012 March Madness betting cannot damper the interest people have in football. As the draft approaches, let’s take a look at some of the top teams in the AFC and how these teams will fare in 2012.
New England Patriots
It has been pointed out that ever since the New England Patriots were caught up in “spygate” the team has not won a Super Bowl. While the Patriots remain a top contender in the AFC for 2012, the team faces significant challenges. Star wide receiver Wes Welker’s contract is up and negotiations are stalled between his agent and the team. The Patriots need more than a little help in the defense and it will more than likely be a combination of free agents and draft picks that will try to solve the problems. Head coach Bill Belichick has pulled off miracles in the past, but can he do it again with a deteriorating team?
Many price per head sports experts felt that the Texans were a quarterback and linebacker away from competing for the Super Bowl last season. Luckily for the Texans, that quarterback and linebacker it needs is already on the roster. If the Texans can avoid major injuries to key players in 2012, then this team is ready to rise to the top of the AFC standings and make some noise in the AFC playoffs.
Two years ago, Cincinnati football fans were more interested in reading an NHL trade deadline blog than following
the exploits of the football team. But the Bengals redeemed itself with some young players that were able to come into the organization and shake the stigma that had been hanging over Paul Brown Stadium. In the first year for such rookies as quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals made the playoffs. As long as Cincinnati can keep that defense together, then the experience the offense picked up in the playoffs will make the Bengals a contender in 2012.
A betonline.com review of the Ravens’ season in 2011 shows a team that was better than most
AFC teams and showed a team that was good enough to make it all the way to the nAFC title game. It just looked like the Ravens were out-coached in the AFC Championship game and that the Patriots were able to keep their calm in tough situations. The Ravens had a timeout remaining when it ran its field goal team out on the field to attempt the game-tying field goal with time running out. Why not call a timeout at that point and give your team, and your kicker, a chance to gather itself? There were several instances where the Ravens panicked and the Patriots did not. The Ravens is the kind of team that learns from past experiences. With linebacker Ray Lewis returning for the 2012 season, the Ravens will look to put what it learned to work in the 2012 season.