Lamar and the Ravens Have Value to Win the AFC North at +240

  • Off-season AFC North odds list the Cincinnati Bengals as the favorite with +130 odds.
  • Returning Lamar Jackson and signing Odell Beckham Jr. gives value to the Baltimore Ravens +240 odds to win the AFC North.

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals have +130 odds to win their third consecutive AFC North title in 2023. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have +240 odds to win their first AFC North Championship since 2019.

Offseason: AFC North Betting Odds

  • Cincinnati Bengals +130
  • Baltimore Ravens +240
  • Cleveland Browns +350
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +600

The Cincinnati Bengals are the deserving favorites to win the AFC North after winning the divisional crown in consecutive seasons. However, its worth noting Joe Burrow’s divisional struggles despite his team’s divisional success.

With Joe Burrow starting, the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-2 against the Baltimore Ravens, 3-2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and 1-4 against the Cleveland Browns across his first 3 seasons in the NFL. Burrow’s 7-8 record against AFC North opponents despite back-to-back 10-win seasons shows that the AFC North will always be competitive.

The offense of the back-to-back divisional champion Cincinnati Bengals has only gotten better, adding tackle Orlando Brown from the Kansas City Chiefs, and replacing Hayden Hurst with Irv Smith Jr. Their +130 odds at football betting sites lose value when considering their major defensive losses in safeties Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell.

The Bengals attempt to replace the safeties by drafting Jordan Battle from Alabama and signing Nick Scott from the Los Angeles Rams. It’s unlikely that they can immediately replace those who left, leaving the door open for the revamped Baltimore offense.

Ravens bettors can be confident in their +240 divisional odds after paying star quarterback Lamar Jackson. The former MVP became the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history  with a five-year $260 million dollar contract.

Lamar’s contract had a direct impact on the Ravens’ AFC North odds, seeing +275 to +240 movement after the deal was made. The Baltimore Ravens made necessary improvements to the receiver room, drafting Zay Flowers in the first round of the NFL draft, and signing Nelson Agholor and Odell Beckham Jr to one-year deals.

Betting outside of the Bengals and Ravens will be far riskier, with the Cleveland Browns not winning the AFC North since 1990.

The Browns have been tough to beat at home, posting a 7-2 record against AFC North opponents since 2020. On the other hand, they are 2-7 on the road against AFC North opponents in this same stretch.

Deshaun Watson went 3-3 in 2022, with wins against the Houston Texans, Washington Commanders, and the Baltimore Ravens without Lamar Jackson. The mediocrity of the Cleveland Browns makes their +340 odds fade-worthy for the AFC North divisional championship.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a good young core and a great defense but quarterback Kenny Pickett will need to take major strides in 2023 for them to contend in the AFC North.

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