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AFC North Odds: Undefeated Steelers Are Huge Favorites

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster celebrating a win

At the start of the season, sportsbooks were projecting the Baltimore Ravens to run away with the AFC North. But through 11 weeks, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers are the -4000 favorites to win the division.

The Steelers are the favorites to win the North, followed by the Ravens (+1800) and Cleveland Browns (+2300).

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Odds to Win the AFC North in 2020
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Pittsburgh Steelers-4000+375
Baltimore Ravens+1800-400
Cleveland Browns+2300+450

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

Pittsburgh Steelers: -4000 Odds To Win AFC North

The Steelers are cruising through the 2020 season with a perfect 10-0 record and have the best odds to win the AFC North at -4000. Head coach Mike Tomlin has his team playing extremely well on both sides of the ball and they have a three-game lead on the Browns.

Let’s start with Pittsburgh’s defense, one of the best units in the league. They blitz more than any other defense in the NFL, with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree having combined for 17 sacks. They give up the fewest points per game in the league at 17.3 and the fourth-fewest yards per game at 306.9.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down at 38 and surprisingly has remained healthy so far this season. He is helped out by arguably the league’s best trio of wideouts in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and rookie Chase Claypool, who have teamed up for 1,631 yards and 19 total touchdowns.

The Steelers have already taken one of two games from both Cleveland and Baltimore and will face the Ravens on Sunday. They also have to face two other AFC contenders in the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, but even if they lose a game or two, they are in the driver’s seat in the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens: +1800 Odds To Win AFC North

Lamar Jackson entered the campaign as the reigning NFL MVP but has not come close to replicating what he did last season. Jackson has thrown for 1,948 yards with 15 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

The Ravens have hit a bit of a dry spell, losing three of their last four games. While they were close in each of those losses, at the end of the day it’s just another addition to the loss column.

Their defense was given a boost with the trade acquisition of linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, but sack leader Calais Campbell has missed the last two games with a calf injury. Rookie Patrick Queen has fit in nicely with this teams defensive schemes.

The Ravens have a pretty easy schedule with four of their remaining six opponents under .500 and the other two being divisional rivals Pittsburgh and Cleveland. If the Ravens win out and finish with a 12-4 record, it still might not be enough to jump the Steelers for the division title.

Cleveland Browns: +2300 Odds To Win AFC North

The Browns made upgrading their weak offensive line a priority in the offseason, a decision that’s paid dividends. This team is completely focused on running the ball behind their two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns were dealt a tough blow earlier in the season when Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a season-ending injury. 

The Browns rank third in rushing yards per game at 156.8. While the rushing game has flourished, the passing game has been brutal. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown over 220 yards just once in the team’s last five games. While part of that was related to poor weather during their three-game homestand, a big part of it is because of the lack of experience among their wideouts. Outside of Jarvis Landry, Mayfield has struggled to find chemistry with OBJ’s replacements.

Defensively, the Browns have one of the strongest units in the league, especially when defensive end Myles Garrett is on the field. Garrett is expected to miss a second game due to the coronavirus but they have still held their last three opponents to 17 points or less.

The Browns have +2300 odds of winning the NFC North despite being ahead of the Ravens in the standings. They finish their season with some easy games against the New York Jets, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars mixed in with some tough ones vs the Tennessee Titans, Ravens and Steelers.

How to Read AFC North Odds

Before you make a bet – we’ll get to that in a bit – you’ll need to understand how odds work. In the case of the AFC North, sportsbooks will list the betting lines like this:

Baltimore Ravens -4000

Pittsburgh Steelers +1800

Cleveland Browns +2300

In this scenario, the Ravens are the clear favorite since they have a minus sign (-). The rest of the teams are underdogs. You can tell this by the plus sign (+).

Let’s imagine that you believe Pittsburgh is going to win the AFC North. If you were to bet $100 on them, you’d get a payout of $1,900 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $1,800. Conversely, that same $100 on the Browns would give you $2,400 – you get your $100 back coupled with your loot of $2,300.

Dogs will give you bigger returns because there’s more risk involved. But, don’t bet on them blindly. When oddsmakers set the odds, they take into consideration players and coaches, schedule and past performances. If a team has +100000 odds, it’s for a good reason.

Check out our Odds Calculator to see how much you’d win based on the odds and bet amount.

What is an NFL Divisional Futures Bet?

A futures bet is a wager made on events that will take place in time. Technically, all sports bets are made on events that have yet to happen. However, you can bet futures weeks or even months in advance of the season starting. For instance, you can bet on the odds to win the AFC North in August as soon as the lines are released.

As the season progresses, the odds will move to reflect injuries, staffing changes and trades. If you see lines you like, take them as early as you can before the odds shift so much that they’re not viable.