NFL Season Preview: Ravens Lead AFC North Roost

Published on: August 20, 2022, 02:00.

Last update: 18 August 2022, 05:01.

There is nothing predictable in the AFC North. But this year, at +160, the Baltimore Ravens sit as favorites to win the AFC North.

QB Lamar Jackson
QB Lamar Jackson throws a pass in the second half against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium in 2019, above. This year, Jackson and company are expected to lead the division. (Image: Getty Images)

The division seems to have flipped over from previous seasons. The former giants of the division are now anticipated as bottom feeders.

Since 1970, the Steelers have had the best record in football. However, this season, the Steelers are expected to have a losing record for the first time under head coach Mike Tomlin.

The Cincinnati Bengals, after decades of irrelevance, had a magical run to the Super Bowl last year. That changed the direction of the franchise as now they look like the real deal.

The Cleveland Browns – well, they’re still the Cleveland Browns.

But after missing the playoffs a year ago, the Baltimore Ravens look poised to reclaim the division.

Ravens Super Bowl Odds

John Harbaugh continues to roam the sidelines in Baltimore after leading the city to a Super Bowl title in 2012. Lamar Jackson is one of the game’s most electric players when he’s active. The only question with Jackson is whether he can stay healthy for a full season.

At +1800 to win the Super Bowl, the Ravens are considered a serious title challenge. In a division with two seemingly strong teams, the Ravens should be able to beat the bottom two as they look to win a division crown and possibly an AFC title.

The Bengals look strong

The mood couldn’t be better in Cincinnati ahead of the new season. At +170 to win the division, the Bengals, with Joe Burrow at quarterback, appear to be a team destined to compete for division titles for the next decade.

The Bengals have the same odds as their division rival in Baltimore as both are +1800 to win the Super Bowl at the end of the season. Led by a trio of incredible young receivers, stopping the Bengals offense won’t be easy this season.

Tough hill for the Browns

The Cleveland Browns are a tough team to read, even in a year where expectations were high. Now this season, the Browns are +300 to win the division entering the season.

Baker Mayfield left, and after not living up to the hype, he was traded to Carolina. The controversial Deshaun Watson was brought in to replace him. He brings a lot of baggage, to say the least. The question becomes, will he play, and if so, for how long? After missing nearly two seasons, how effective will he be?

There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding this team this season, and because of the uncertainty, it’s hard to root for them in any way this season.

At +2800 to win the Super Bowl, the Browns are getting some national love. It’s hard to see them putting it all together this season.

The Steelers face a tough road

It’s hard to believe that Mike Tomlin never had a losing record during his time in Pittsburgh. Since becoming the head coach of the Steelers in 2007, he has led the team to the playoffs ten times, including seven division titles.

But this year, at +700, it seems highly unlikely that the Steelers will compete for the top spot in the AFC North.

Tomlin also has a Super Bowl under his belt and the Steelers are +8000 to win this year. The Steelers will compete week in and week out, but expectations are certainly low in Pittsburgh this season.

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