Based on the 2020 NFL Season, AFC North teams will enter this season with the most difficult schedules in pro football. Also this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t one of the two favorites to win the division. Right now, the Baltimore Ravens are a slight chalk over the Cleveland Browns to take the AFC North title. Check out an odds assessment of the Ravens, Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cincinnati Bengals to win the division crown. Let’s jump right into action so you can start planning your bets against their AFC Division odds.
2021 NFL Betting Odds & Picks for the AFC North Division
2021 NFL Season
- When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Baltimore Ravens +130
Every off season, the Baltimore Ravens show promise. But like in most seasons, the 2021 Ravens shouldn’t live up to the promise.
Baltimore will be a good team, no doubt. But being good doesn’t always translate to a playoff spot. For starters, quarterback Lamar Jackson has yet to prove he can beat an opponent with his arm.
Jackson is a great dual-threat quarterback. But in 2020, defenses appeared to have figured out how to stop Lamar from dominating them on the ground. Unless LJ develops pocket passer skills, the Ravens won’t win the division.
Second, Baltimore’s defense, even though it’s loaded with name players, doesn’t scare anyone. Finally, the Ravens have the second most difficult schedule in the league. Baltimore must play against the Chiefs, Colts, Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Rams, and Packers in addition to facing their AFC North rivals.
Ravens Offer Fair Odds: No
Cleveland Browns +140
Last season, Baltimore beat Cleveland twice. But the second Ravens victory was a 47-42 game. And, the game happened in the second half of the season when the Browns had discovered how to run opponents into the turf.
Cleveland’s rushing attack boasts the best offensive line in the NFL. Two terrific running backs, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, spearhead the attack. Not only that, but Baker Mayfield had his best season in the NFL in 2020.
Mayfield threw just 8 interceptions to 26 touchdowns. He threw for over 3,500 yards. If Mayfield takes the next step, he could lead the Browns to a 28 to 30 points per game average.
Questions remain regarding the defense. However, the line, anchored by Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett, should be one of the best in the league. The odds on Cleveland are fair.
Browns Offer Fair Odds: Yes
Pittsburgh Steelers +350
Pittsburgh heads into the season with the National Football League’s toughest schedule. The Steelers battle the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and Green Bay Packers on the road.
With that being written, Pittsburgh will field a top five defensive unit. Also, Big Ben Roethlisberger got some help after the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted running back Najee Harris. A viable rushing attack should allow the Steelers control the clock.
The defense will keep Pittsburgh in games, and if any coach can get a team to play above its talent level, Mike Tomlin is that coach.
Steelers Offer Fair Odds: Yes
Cincinnati Bengals +1400
The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have an easy schedule. They must play teams from the AFC West and NFC North. But even though Cincinnati faces the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Green Bay Packers, they also face three of the worst teams in football.
Cincinnati plays against the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Jets this season. That should be three wins. If Joe Burrow comes back to the field one-hundred percent, and he and rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase click, the Bengals will upset some teams.
The odds don’t make Cincinnati an overlay. But the odds are fair. So if you want to back the longest shot on the board, go for it.
Bengals Offer Fair Odds: Yes