AFC North Division NFL Football Betting

AFC North Division Football Betting

AFC North Odds to Win

Perhaps the most intriguing division in the NFL is the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals are the deserved favorites to win this division, but you can make a strong case that any of the other three teams could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender provided the quarterback play is there. We’ve seen just how good Baltimore is with a healthy Lamar Jackson, and Pittsburgh has everything else in place but a proven quarterback. As for Cleveland, the Browns have been trying to find a franchise quarterback since they came back into the league, and they are hoping to see the 2020 version of Deshaun Watson.

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Cincinnati brings back nearly all of its offense from last season. The Bengals finally have a franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, and it looks like they will be competitive for a long time with the southeast Ohio native under center. Burrow has arguably the most talented trio of receivers in the NFL to throw to in Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Ja’Marr Chase, and Joe Mixon is a dual threat running back. Cincinnati’s defense continues to be underrated, but the Bengals ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring defense last season.

Lamar Jackson finally re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens just before the NFL Draft got underway. Baltimore made Jackson the highest-paid player in league history, signing him to a five-year, $260 million contract with $185 million in guaranteed money. The 2019 NFL MVP is 45-16 in his career as a starter, but injuries have been a major concern, especially over the last two seasons.

There’s no doubt that Pittsburgh has a Super Bowl caliber defense. The Steelers might have the best defensive end in the game in T.J. Watt, and Cam Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick are Pro Bowl talents too. They re-tooled that side of the ball this offseason, but the big concern remains the offense. Pittsburgh drafted Broderick Jones in the first round to give Kenny Pickett some protection, and the offensive line is the best it has been since Najee Harris entered the league. Now, the question is how much Pickett can improve in his second season.

Cleveland felt the need to overpay to bring Deshaun Watson to the franchise. The Browns gave Watson a fully guaranteed contract despite his legal troubles, and this is the last year the contract is reasonable before his price tag rises to over $60 million a season. That underscores the need for this team to win now, as the Browns have a cap number north of $265 million for each of the next three seasons.

List of Division Champions (2000)

2022 Cincinnati Bengals 12-4
2021 Cincinnati Bengals 10-7
2020 Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4
2019 Baltimore Ravens 14-2
2018 Baltimore Ravens 10-6
2017 Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3
2016 Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
2015 Cincinnati Bengals 12–4
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5
2013 Cincinnati Bengals 11–5
2012 Baltimore Ravens 10–6
2011 Baltimore Ravens 12–4
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4
2009 Cincinnati Bengals 10–6
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 12–4
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 10–6
2006 Baltimore Ravens 13–3
2005 Cincinnati Bengals 11–5
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 15-1
2003 Baltimore Ravens 10-6
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5-1
2001 Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3
2000 Tennessee Titans 13-3

Cleveland is the second-oldest team in this division, but the Browns only have six division titles. They haven’t claimed a division title since re-joining the NFL as an expansion team, and that’s been tough for their fans to deal with over the years. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore all have very recent AFC North crowns, but Cleveland has not won a division title since 1989.

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AFC North Division Titles

Pittsburgh Steelers 24 32
Cincinnati Bengals 11 16
Cleveland Browns 6 15
Baltimore Ravens 6 14

The Pittsburgh Steelers' dominance of the AFC North goes back to their dynasty years in the 1970s. Head coach Chuck Noll led such stars as quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running back Franco Harris, wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, and the Steel Curtain defense to four Super Bowl titles. It was arguably the most talented roster ever assembled as nine players from those teams ended up being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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