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NFL AFC North odds pick Browns to win first division title in 30 years


Here’s a look at the odds to win the AFC North during the 2019 NFL season

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The AFC North has long been under the rule of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, who have combined to win 10 of the last 12 division titles. The Cincinnati Bengals are responsible for those remaining two AFC North wins, leaving the Cleveland Browns without a division crown (going back to AFC Central days) since 1989. Thirty years removed from that title, the Browns are the favorites on sport betting sites to win the AFC North.

Here’s a look at the odds to win the AFC North during the 2019 NFL season:

Cleveland Browns +140
A mix of young exciting talent, a down tick in competition and a little over-hype have the Browns priced as the top pick to win the AFC North. Cleveland had bite in 2019, especially after canning Hue Jackson and putting their chips down on QB Baker Mayfield. The Browns traded for WR Odell Beckham Jr. and are playing the waiting game (while leaning on RB Nick Chubb) with RB Kareem Hunt, who will be suspended for the first eight games of the schedule. The Browns defense gave up some gaudy numbers in 2018 but was extremely dangerous with 31 takeaways – second most in the NFL. They added depth and experience with DLs Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson, helping out DE Myles Garrett, who recorded 13.5 sacks last year.

Pittsburgh Steelers +170
The Steelers fell back a bit with LeVeon Bell sitting out 2018 and now they must do without the talented RB and All-Pro WR Antonio Brown all together, after both skill players fought their way out of Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have much gas left in the tank after a storied – yet punishing – career and is hoping the change to Randy Fichtner at offensive coordinator can squeeze out any glory that’s left over. Big Ben’s top target is speedy WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner was a breakout star with Bell out of action. On defense, Pittsburgh improved on a very strong stop unit through the draft and free agency, but this could be the first time in a long time that the Steelers offense doesn’t provided a heathy cushion on the scoreboard for the defense.

Baltimore Ravens +360
The reigning AFC North champs are getting little respect from the bookies, sitting as the third choice in the NFL divisional futures odds. Baltimore made big push in the second half of the season, with rookie QB Lamar Jackson running (and running and running) a gadget offense that finally got figured out in the playoffs. Opponents are going to make Jackson pass, and that could be the Ravens undoing. New offensive coordinator Greg Roman says the team will throw more but has a strong rushing corps with Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram and Jackson. The Ravens defense benefitted from than run-heavy offense, spending less time on the field than any other NFL team, and they’ll need all the help they can get after multiple key players left for greener pastures this offseason.

Cincinnati Bengals +1,000
The Bengals’ 2018 campaign was pretty much a write-off, as almost every key skill player suffered an injury at some point in the season. That bad luck seems to be following the team into 2019, with star WR A.J. Green hurting his ankle at training camp and likely to miss the start of the season. Tyler Boyd emerged as a top target when Green went down last season and RB Joe Mixon showed he could run with the NFL’s elite rushers. Marvin Lewis is finally gone in Cincy, with the team hiring Zac Taylor as the new head coach and Lou Anarumo as defensive coordinator. Anarumo inherits a veteran defensive line and a solid secondary, but must find a way to generate pass pressure from his linebackers after Cincinnati totaled only 34 sacks in 2018 – fifth fewest in the NFL.

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