The AFC East is going to be one of the most competitive divisions in football. The Buffalo Bills are a legitimate Super Bowl contender while the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are dangerous as well. And don’t count out the New York Jets, a team with a new coach, quarterback, and culture.
William Hill Sportsbook released its betting splits on AFC East win totals and there is a ton of confidence in the division among the public. All four teams are seeing more action on the over when it comes to bet tickets and total handle. That’s pretty significant considering the fact that the Patriots used to dominate the AFC East year in and year out.
Let’s take a look at the betting splits for AFC East win totals on William Hill Sportsbook:
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Are the Bills for Real?
Last season, the Buffalo Bills were on the cusp of making a Super Bowl for the first time since 1993. They ran into Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game and the rest is history. The public thinks Buffalo is going to be right back in that position this year. The public is going heavy on the Bills with 93% of tickets and 90% of cash on the over.
“It’s been all over money on the Bills,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “We opened them at 10.5 over -130. They just went all in on the over, so now we’re at 11 over -115. We had to move it up off the number. The Bills just keep on getting better and better, so I can’t argue with the move.”
Will the Patriots Bounce Back?
The Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008 last year. In fact, it was the first time New England had a losing record since 2000. The Bill Belichick-led Pats came to a harsh realization that life wasn’t going to be so easy without Tom Brady. However, if they can get decent quarterback play from Cam Newton or Mac Jones, they could bounce back.
“We’ve gotten some over money on the Patriots so far,” Bogdanovich said. “A lot of people think the Patriots are going to rebound. If we keep getting over money at -160, we’re going to go to 9.5. They’ve got a lot of good things going for them, it just depends on their quarterback play. If they get any type of decent play there, they’ll get to the number because everything else is rock solid.”
Can the Jets Make Some Noise?
Oddsmakers are putting the Dolphins and Patriots at the same level with nine wins. The Jets are the real wild card in the AFC East with a win total of six. The public is putting two-thirds of bet tickets down on the over and the money is split 51-49 in favor of the over.
Robert Saleh is trying to cultivate a winning culture in New York and he should have that defense up to snuff. With that said, it’s always tough to put your faith in a rookie quarterback, but the Jets have bolstered his receiving corps and beefed up the offensive line. This could be different from Sam Darnold a few years ago.
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