AFC North Odds 2024: The Deepest Division in Football?

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The AFC North is often regarded as the toughest division in football, but the AFC North odds 2024 paint the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals as the top two contenders in a two-horse race.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns made the playoffs last year but are clearly separated in odds from their division rivals.

Three of the last four teams to win the AFC North won the division title two years in a row, which would put the Ravens in the theoretical driver’s seat. However, the return of a healthy Joe Burrow to the Bengals’ lineup could drastically change that picture.

As we continue, we will highlight everything there is to know about AFC North odds, the major changes from last year, betting trends and history, and much more. Let’s jump into it.

AFC North 2024 winner odds

Team Opening Odds Current Odds 2023 Record
Baltimore Ravens +100 +140 13-4
Cincinnati Bengals +175 +170 11-6
Cleveland Browns +550 +500 10-7
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200 +650 9-8

Opening odds provided by FanDuel – accurate as of June 7

AFC North teams

Baltimore Ravens (+140)

The Ravens are fresh off an appearance in the AFC Championship and have the league’s reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, at quarterback. They also bolstered their running back with the addition of the league’s most intimidating back, Derrick Henry, to complement a trio of speedy receivers on the outside.

Baltimore’s defense allowed fewer points per game and forced more turnovers and sacks than any team a year ago. They lost defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald and several pieces such as All-Pro linebacker Patrick Queen but still return the majority of their core.

Not only is Baltimore the favorite to win the division, but it’s third in Super Bowl odds behind only the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson now has two MVPs but has not led his team to the big game in his six-year tenure, though the oddsmakers believe this could be the best chance of his career.

Cincinnati Bengals (+170)

Cincy is only a contender if Burrow is on the field. He suffered two season-ending injuries in four seasons as the team’s starter and needs to remain upright, which is why the front office spent so much to invest in the offensive line.

The additions of Orlando Brown Jr., Alex Cappa, and first-round pick Amarius Mims over the last couple of seasons show their commitment to protecting their franchise piece. They still have Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins and should be able to score with anyone.

The defense added a standout in safety Geno Stone but could lose edge-rusher Trey Hendrickson, who recently requested a trade. This side of the ball will be pivotal to the team’s chances in a division that prides itself on tough-nosed football.

Cleveland Browns (+500)

How’s the Deshaun Watson experiment going in Cleveland? Not great! The 28-year-old that cost the Browns both arms and both legs finished last year with a QBR of 42.9 to go with seven touchdowns and four interceptions in six games, a total he hasn’t surpassed since he was with the Houston Texans in 2020.

The Browns added Jerry Jeudy to their receiver room and will welcome back Nick Chubb. They have the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Myles Garrett, on the outside, along with a front seven that loves to get downhill. Their secondary was the weaker spot (but still wasn’t bad) a year ago and needs to be better to help push them over the top for the first time since 1989.

It’s going to be tough sledding for Cleveland because of their offense, specifically at the quarterback position. The rest of the team is arguably that of a Super Bowl contender, which puts all of the pressure to perform on Watson.

Pittsburgh Steelers (+650)

Mike Tomlin’s unblemished streak of never having a losing season will be put to the test yet again. The good news for Steelers fans is he survived worse conditions and may have found a solution, temporary or long-term, to his team’s quarterback struggles.

Pittsburgh acquired both Russell Wilson and Justin Fields during the offseason, ensuring they have options to rotate should either struggle. Both are also out to prove themselves after flaming out in their previous locations, and they have solid receivers in the form of George Pickens, Van Jefferson, and Roman Wilson to target.

The Steelers are 27-14-1 over the last three seasons when T.J. Watt is on the field. They added Patrick Queen to their linebacking corps and should be better in the secondary as Joey Porter Jr. enters his second professional season.

The Steelers continue to evolve and find ways to keep pace in a very competitive division – they’ll feel hard-done-by as the underdogs in a race that’s always tight.

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AFC North betting history

Three of the last four teams to win the AFC North won the division title two years in a row. That favors Baltimore, who won the title for the first time since 2019 a year ago.

The team that finished second in the AFC North won the division crown the following year seven times since 2012.

The Browns’ second-place finish in 2023 was their first top-two placing since 2007. They still have not won the AFC North since 1989.

The third-place finisher in the AFC North hasn’t gone on to win the division the next season since the Steelers did so in 2010.

The last 10 AFC North champions won an average of 11.8 games (three of those in a 17-game and seven of those in a 16-game season).

Only one time since 2012 did an AFC North team appear in the Super Bowl. However, four times from 2005-12 did an AFC North team make it to the NFL’s biggest stage (Pittsburgh three times, Baltimore once).

Past AFC North Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up
2023 Baltimore Ravens (13-4) Cleveland Browns (11-6)
2022 Cincinnati Bengals (1204) Baltimore Ravens (10-7)
2021 Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)
2020 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
2019 Baltimore Ravens (14-2) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
2018 Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)
2017 Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
2016 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) Baltimore Ravens (8-8)
2015 Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1)
2013 Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
2012 Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
2011 Baltimore Ravens (12-4) Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
2009 Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) Cleveland Browns (10-6)
2006 Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
2005 Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers (15-1) Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
2003 Baltimore Ravens (10-6) Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5-1) Cleveland Browns (9-7)
2001 Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
2000 Tennessee Titans (13-3) Baltimore Ravens (12-4)

AFC North odds FAQs

Who are the favorites to win the AFC North in 2024?

The Baltimore Ravens are slight favorites in odds to win the AFC North 2024 at +130, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals at +170, per FanDuel sportsbook.

Which teams are in the AFC North?

The AFC North includes the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Who are the traditional rivals in the AFC North?

All of the AFC North competitors are bitter rivals. The Browns and Steelers are the closest rivals, but the Steelers and Ravens share the most intense rivalry. None of the teams like each other, and the level of physicality within the division is the highest in the league.

How many times has an AFC North team won the Super Bowl?

AFC North teams are responsible for eight Super Bowls. Four of those came courtesy of the Steelers from 1974-79, along with their titles in 2005 and 2008, plus the Ravens’ championships in 2000 and 2012.

How do futures bets work in NFL betting?

Futures bets are wagers that are not settled until a later date. They come with more risk but also offer greater rewards than game-to-game bets, which is why they can be lucrative. Futures bets cover a wide range of markets, including division, conference, and Super Bowl winners, MVP, team win totals, quarterback passing yards, and much more.

What are the key factors to consider when betting on the AFC North?

AFC North division odds and AFC North odds in general are dependent upon a variety of factors, including roster construction, both strengths and weaknesses, coaching ability, head-to-head matchups and history, betting trends, scheduling, injuries, offseason moves and off-field drama, and much more.

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