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Odds to Win 2019 NFL Divisions
The National Football League August training camp is still over two months away. For many of the league’s fan base backing into the January playoffs is enough. For the NFL crazies that support a team with a rich-history of success a division title is just the first step in their clubs journey in eventually earning a sideline for Super Sunday’s championship event. Odds to Win 2019 NFL Divisions: Eagles 10-to-11.
How important are the seeds for the league’s postseason? And what advantage do the higher seeds have historically? The league has never had a team advance to the conference championship game that didn’t win their division during the regular season.
On only five occasions in the last 17 NFL campaigns has the AFC Championship event not included a No. 1 seed.
Furthermore how have the conference top seeds performed in recent playoff contests? Prior to last February’s Super Bowl win by New England over the Los Angeles Rams the previous five Super Bowl winners were top seeds.
New England Patriots
2019 Super Bowl champions New England entered Week 15 of last year’s regular season with a 9-5 record. The Patriots had a two-game lead over the 7-7 second place Miami Dolphins. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady engineered consecutive wins in Week 16 and 17 to finish with an 11-5 overall record. The Brady bunch were also crowned 2019 AFC East division champions.
The Dolphins were 7-7 after the team’s Week 15 And despite the fact they were two games behind the Patriots they were still in the hunt to win the AFC East division. The final two weeks of the 2018 season found the Dolphins losing to a pair of sub-.500 teams, Jacksonville and Buffalo. The 2018 Dolphins were still alive in the divisional race at kickoff of Week 16.
The Steelers won their Week 15 home game over Brady and the Patriots last December. And entering Week 16 Pittsburgh faced with needing wins in their final two games of the regular season. Consecutive victories would give the Steelers the AFC North crown and an automatic berth into the January postseason. Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates traveled to the Big East in Week 16 for a contest against the New Orleans Saints. The regular season finale pitted two AFC North rivals, with Pittsburgh hosting Cincinnati. Big Ben and the Steelers lost 28-24 to Drew Brees and the Saints. And in the team’s season finale at Heinz Field the Big Ben led Steelers defeated AFC North foe Cincinnati by a 16-13 final score.