2020 AFC North Predictions and Betting Odds
The AFC North is going to be a very weird division this year. There is no mistaking that the Baltimore Ravens are the best team in the division. The Ravens are coming off a heartbreaking playoff loss to the Titans last season and are pissed off beyond belief and truly believe they have unfinished business to take care of.
The rest of division -- comprised of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Cleveland -- have certain things I like and dislike surrounding each team. Each one of these teams is due for a bounce-back season after the way 2019 ended. Pittsburgh was without its quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, for an extended period of time, while Cincinnati will be breaking in a new quarterback (you may have heard of him; Joe Burrow) after finishing 2-14 last season. As for the Browns – once again they are out to prove the doubters wrong and finish better than 6-10. Does it happen? Unlikely, but the Browns are always must-watch TV.
As we slowly approach the end of August and mid-training camp, I’ll be taking you on a tour of the AFC North division and help you try to best understand what makes each team tick and what my thoughts are. If you want to get in on the NFL winning, I suggest joining the team at Doc’s Sports, who are the industry leaders when it comes to the pigskin. Join now by clicking here. Doc’s also offers free NFL picks for every game of the season!
Season Win Total (O11.5 -110)
Super Bowl Odds (+650)
AFC North Win Odds (-185)
What more can the Ravens do in the upcoming season besides win the Super Bowl? The Ravens stormed through the regular season last year en route to a 14-2 record. This year they are tagged with a total of 11.5 wins, and we just think that’s one win too low. We can see them finishing what they started and steamrolling the league once again en route an AFC title game. Lamar Jackson will not be denied greatness. And with the majority of the roster remaining intact, we like the Ravens to go over this win total. The one caveat we must mention is the fact that the Browns and Steelers have to be better than they were last year. If the Ravens can’t sweep those four games, or at least go 3-1, the season win total will be in jeopardy and the home-field advantage (fans or no fans) could be a toss-up with Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.
Season Win Total (O9 -125)
Super Bowl Odds (+2200)
AFC North Win Odds (+375)
The question you have to ask yourself with the Steelers is if they can stay healthy for the entire season. We all know Big Ben missed almost the entire season and will be back to start the upcoming season, but can Juju and Conner stay healthy for all 16 games? They have the defense to contend in the AFC, led by Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was a steal for the Steelers despite giving up their first-round draft pick. The only issue with this team is the inconsistency on offense. We know what they were like with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but we’ve yet to see their capabilities post double-B era. Based on their division, I’ll take a shot with the over as they should win three of four games between the Bengals and Browns.
Season Win Total (O5.5 -135)
Super Bowl Odds (+15000)
AFC North Win Odds (+1600)
Joe Burrow or no Joe Burrow, the Bengals are going to be a bad team once again and pick near the top of the draft next year. They have very unreliable weapons in A.J Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd on the outside, while Joe Mixon remains the only bright spot on what should be a bad team. Joe Burrow may have won everywhere he’s played, but it’s going to take a while for him to experience winning at the highest level playing for the Bengals. The division is too strong for a rookie QB to make hay, so we’ll be hitting the under on their season win total.
Season Win Total (O8.5 -130)
Super Bowl Odds (+3000)
AFC North Win Odds (+450)
The Analysis for the Browns is actually quite simple. It’s either put up or shut up time. I’m tired of every year being the “Brown’s year,” only to watch them embarrass themselves and finish at .500. New head coach, Kevin Stefanski has the weapons in place to have a solid season starting with Baker Mayfield, and followed up by Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Kareem Hunt – who will get to play a full season. If there is any team in the NFL that can disappoint bettors once again, it would be the Browns as most would grab the under here, only to see them go over and piss everyone off.
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