2010 AFC North Betting Odds
The AFC North was a three-team race between the Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers last season. Baltimore hopes to change that this year.
Cincinnati won the AFC North last season, but they're big underdogs right now to make it two in a row. The Ravens will open the season as the favorite at -140 after making some interesting moves in the offseason. Baltimore has always been known for its strong defense but this could be the year that their offense also makes a name for itself. Joe Flacco enters his third season as the Ravens' starting quarterback with what is arguably the best field of receivers he's ever had. Veteran Derrick Mason is joined by new acquisitions Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth.
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Add in Ray Rice and Willis McGahee and the Ravens should be tough to stop both through the air and on the ground. The Ravens' defense still has their old standards Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, and Ed Reed could be ready to go for the start of the season after an offseason hip procedure.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+225) It was a tumultuous offseason in Pittsburgh that saw Santonio Holmes get traded to the Jets and Ben Roethlisberger get suspended to start the season due to off-field trouble. Roethlisberger will miss at least the first four games, which will force the Steelers to start either Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon. The departure of Holmes leaves Hines Ward and Mike Wallace as the top receivers, while Rashard Mendenhall could break out this season if he can avoid the fumbling problems that have plagued him in the past. Cincinnati Bengals (+350) Cincinnati was a surprising winner of the North last season. They won't surprise anyone this season. The Bengals could be worth watching just to see what happens between Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. Can those two egos survive on the same team if Carson Palmer isn't able to equally distribute the ball? Things may turn even uglier if Cincinnati continues with the run-first offense approach they implemented so well with Cedric Benson last season. No mater what happens it shouldn't be a dull season in Cincinnati. Cleveland Browns (+2000) The Cleveland Browns won their final four games of the season last year to boost their win total up to five. Cleveland fans who are already down in the dumps thanks to LeBron and the Indians shouldn't expect much better from the Browns. Cleveland's got a new quarterback, but veteran Jake Delhomme doesn't exude confidence after last season's eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions in 11 games. He's got two talented receivers in Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs, but that won't matter if Delhomme can't bounce back. The Browns' running game looked good late last season behind Jerome Harrison, but he'll likely lose some carries to rookie Montario Hardesty. The Browns' biggest problem will be facing the hard-hitting defenses of the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals twice. No wonder the Browns had the worst offense in the league last season.
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