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AFC North Odds, Predictions, Betting Picks: Can the Ravens Repeat Against Improved Rivals?

Written by: Michael Savio
Updated May 23, 2024
8 min read
  • The Ravens enter as the betting favorite to win the division

  • The Steelers added Justin Fields and Russell Wilson in the offseason

  • Joe Burrow is expected to be healthy for Week 1

The 2024 NFL Draft is in the books, and free agents have been signed, meaning now is the time to look at division futures for the upcoming season. All four AFC North teams went through some major changes in the offseason. We have new quarterbacks in Pittsburgh, an all-time great running back coming to Baltimore, and a slew of stars who will be healthy after missing time in 2023.

We have taken time to go through the latest moves and changes for each AFC North team. Below, we’ll share the latest odds and insights you need to know for all four franchises, along with our pick to win the division.

AFC North Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook. Click the odds in the table below and head over to DraftKings to place your bets.

TeamOdds
Baltimore Ravens+115
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Cincinnati Bengals+165
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Cleveland Browns+600
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Pittsburgh Steelers+850
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Afc North Division Winner

2024 AFC Predictions and Favorites to Win

Baltimore Ravens 

We fully expect the Baltimore Ravens to repeat as AFC North Champions. They returned most of their roster but added Derrick Henry to their backfield. Running back was a significant issue for the team last season, which forced Lamar Jackson to carry the load. While Henry isn’t the same back he once was, he represents a significant upgrade in the Baltimore backfield.

The biggest question we have about the Ravens is their offensive line. They lost the right side of the unit, with Kevin Zeitler and Morgan Moses leaving in the offseason. Baltimore replaced them with 2023 seventh-round pick Andrew Vorhees and 2024 second-round pick Roger Rosengarten. That gives the Raves four starting linemen under the age of 26, which makes them a bit of a wildcard heading into the 2024 season.

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Cincinnati Bengals

An injury to Joe Burrow tanked the Bengals season in 2023, but the quarterback will be back in action this season. He will have Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins back, along with an exciting rookie in Jermain Burton. Cincinnati also upgraded at tight end by acquiring Mike Gesicki, who is a fantastic receiver. Combine that with Zach Moss taking over the backfield, and you can see why bookmakers expect them to bounce back in 2024. 

We aren’t ready to bet on the Bengals to win the AFC North because of their defense. While Trey Hendrickson was incredible last season, and they did add some depth, their secondary is very young. Adding Vonn Bell helps, but they have too many young and unproven defensive backs. The Bengals’ defense allowed the second-most yards (374.6 YPG) last season, and we don’t think they’ve done enough to change that this season.

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Cleveland Browns 

The Browns are a very tempting longshot bet in the AFC North. They are expected to have Nick Chubb and Deshaun Watson back and added a very good young receiver in Jerry Jeudy. The former Broncos’ pass catcher was limited by poor quarterback play, meaning we likely haven’t seen the best of him yet. 

Deshaun Watson is the main reason we aren’t picking the Browns to win. The quarterback’s career has been in shambles since 2020. He has played in just 12 games since then, including only six last season. Watson delivered mixed results when healthy, and there was confusion around his status when he was hurt. Even if the veteran can stay healthy, we don’t think he is good enough to lead this team to a division title.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Bookmakers expect the Steelers to finish last in the AFC North, but there is reason for hope in the Steel City. That is largely because the team made serious upgrades at the quarterback. They brought in both Russell Wilson and Justin Fields, giving them two quarterbacks capable of leading this team. While Wilson is the starter heading into training camp, we think Fields will ultimately take the job from him, giving George Pickens the playmaking quarterback he has needed.

In addition to the upgrade on offense, the Steelers’ defense could also take a step forward. Keeanu Benton and Joey Porter Jr. will have a year of experience under their belt after posting strong rookie campaigns. Pittsburgh also added a couple of key pieces in Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Queen and safety DeShon Elliot who fill crucial needs. Add that to the best pass rusher in the league in TJ Watt, and you can see why some people think they will surprise in 2024.

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AFC North Winner - My Pick

Baltimore Ravens +115 at DraftKings Sportsbooks

We are all over the Ravens again this season. The addition of Derrick Henry addresses a major weakness from last season, while their defense has a few key young stars who will be another year older. The rest of the division has improved, but not enough to overcome what should be another great Ravens team.

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Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.

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