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Odds to Win the AFC North: Ravens Are Primed to Repeat as Division Champs

2019 AFC North Odds

Before the 2019 NFL season, the title of this article was “AFC North Odds: Do the New-Look Browns Deserve to Be Favored?” It turns out the answer to that question was no all along.

The Browns opened the campaign as +120 favorites to win the division but have since fallen out of the race thanks to an ugly 2-5 start. The Baltimore Ravens are the heavy -375 chalk to garner the title at Bovada, with the Pittsburgh Steelers (+475), Cleveland (+625) and the Cincinnati Bengals (+100000) rounding out the list.

Browns Have Failed to Meet Expectations

Browns general manager John Dorsey overhauled the Browns roster in the offseason, bringing in big names like Odell Beckham Jr. and revamping the defense. But 2019 has been more of the same for the long-suffering Browns fan base, as Baker Mayfield has taken a step back in his sophomore season. Cleveland is on a three-game losing streak right now and boasts a point differential of -48.

There is still hope for Cleveland, however. The Browns had the second-toughest schedule in the first seven games and have the second-easiest slate the rest of the way, a stretch where their opponents are a combined 21-45-1. In their first seven contests, Cleveland’s opponents were 36-17.

Ravens Look Like the Real Deal

Instead, it’s the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens who’ve become the true contenders in the AFC North. Baltimore didn’t play in Week 8 but remained in first place in the division at 5-2, while the Steelers leapfrogged the Browns while improving to 3-4. Baltimore’s Week 5 victory over Pittsburgh gives the Ravens the head-to-head tiebreaker as well as the division record tiebreaker, essentially putting them three games ahead of the Steelers.

Pittsburgh has been a rotating door for quarterbacks in 2019 thanks to the season-ending injury to longtime signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger, as Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges have also taken turns under center for the Steelers.

Rudolph returned from an injury to lead his team to a triumph over the lowly Miami Dolphins in Week 8, and the Steelers have now won three of their last four after starting the season 0-3. Next up on the docket is a tough Indianapolis club that heads into the weekend on a three-game winning streak.

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Odds to Win the 2019 AFC North
TeamOdds
Baltimore Ravens-375
Pittsburgh Steelers+450
Cleveland Browns+625
Cincinnati Bengals+100000

Odds as of October 31 at Bovada


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 NFC North, sportsbooks will list the betting lines like this:

Baltimore Ravens -300

Pittsburgh Steelers +500

Cleveland Browns +700

Cincinnati Bengals +100000

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 Baltimore is going to win the AFC North. If you were to bet $125 on them, you’d get a payout of $166.67 – your original $125 is returned along with your winnings of $41.67. Conversely, that same $125 on the Browns would give you $1000 – you get your $125 back coupled with your loot of $875.

Dogs will give you bigger returns because there’s more risk involved. But, don’t bet on them blindly. When oddsmaker’s set the odds they take into consideration, strength of 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.