We are now at the midway point of the NFL season, which is usually when the cream starts to rise to the top and the deadwood sinks without a trace. That is exactly what is beginning to happen, but as it all plays out, fans get treated to some great football. So let’s review last week’s action and the current matchups and NFL betting odds for all AFC North teams.
AFC North Standings and Betting Lines Intensify After Week 8
Week 8 was no different, as there were some match-ups that were fun to watch, with a couple of last second dramatics playing a major role. The competition at this stage of the season is intense, but the current situation and standings in the AFC North are worthy of attention.
Bengals Halted the Mighty Ravens: These divisional match-ups are usually pretty special, and the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals was all of that and more. It was a back and forth affair that the Bengals looked to have won late, courtesy of an Andy Dalton QB sneak with just 57 seconds left on the clock. The drama wasn’t over yet, though, as Joe Flacco hit Steve Smith with an 80-yard bomb to put the Ravens back in front. At least that was the case until the refs picked up the yellow flags and called Smith for offensive pass interference. Bengals held on to win 27-24.
The Browns aren’t that bad after all…: Cleveland lost at Jacksonville on week 7, giving the Jaguars their first win of the season. It was stunning to see the Browns losing a game against one of the poorest offensives in the country, but they got back to victory lane on Week 8, avoiding their second straight loss by beating the winless Oakland Raiders 23-13 on Sunday.
AFC North NFL Betting Action Intensifies
The AFC North has the distinction of having each of its 4 teams holding a winning record. Now, all four teams in the NFC North will see some action this weekend, and with the exception of the Steelers and Ravens, the two other teams in the division are expected to score some wins and improve their standings. The Ravens play the Seelers on the road on Sunday night, so one of them will go to 6-3. The Bengals welcome the Jags and the Browns receive the Bucs, so they all stand a chance to improve their standings and intensify the competition for the division lead.
JAGUARS: +12-110, OV 43 -110
BENGALS: -12-110, UN 43 -110
RAVENS: PK-110 OV 47 ½ -110
STEELERS: PK-110, UN 47 ½ -110
BUCCANEERS: +6½-110, OV 44 -110
BROWNS: -6½-110, UN 44 -110