2022 AFC North Betting Odds

The AFC North was flipped on its ear in 2021, and nothing quite went the way people expected. The Baltimore Ravens struggled with injuries and underperformance, the Browns were unable to follow up a promising 2020 season, and the Bengals exceeded expectations in a major way with QB Joe Burrow coming off major knee surgery.

Cincinnati was slapped with a total around five wins from oddsmakers, but managed to win the AFC North with a 10-7 record before an improbable run to the AFC championship title and eventually an appearance in the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh also made an appearance in the playoffs as it said goodbye to future hall of fame QB Ben Roethlisberger.

When it comes to the AFC North in 2022, oddsmakers seem to view the Bengals, Ravens, and Browns on a similar level. Depending on the site, Cleveland may be a slight favorite, but Baltimore and Cincy are not far behind.

2022 AFC North Odds

2022 AFC North Outlook & Predictions

After seeing how last season transpired, jumping at Cincinnati at two-to-one odds to repeat as division champs seems like a bit of a no-brainer. But it’s worth remembering that Baltimore was ravaged by injuries, as was Cleveland, and everything went absolutely perfect for a Bengals team that got hot at the right time. That isn’t to say they aren’t repeating, just that it may not be such an easy call.

There’s no doubt that Cincinnati has an incredibly talented offense headed by the Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase connection. Throw in Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins, and we see how this lit it up on their way to the Super Bowl.

Baltimore’s offense looked anemic at times in 2021, but we aren’t sure whether that’s a sign of things to come or just a result of all the injuries up front. How you feel about this team in 2022 depends on you assessment of what exactly went wrong a season ago. Baltimore added safety Marcus Williams, but the rest of the division is improving at a more rapid rate.

Cleveland traded for Deshaun Watson in a deal that could fundamentally change the landscape of the division. But Watson is still likely to face some sort of suspension, and we don’t know how much time he’ll spend on the field this season. That makes backing the Browns pretty difficult, especially at such a low number.

As for the Steelers, it’s a bit of a new era without Big Ben. Mitch Trubisky’s skillset actually fits Pittsburgh’s needs pretty well, but Kenny Pickett was taken 20th overall in the draft and could start from day one.

When it comes to placing bets, definitely focus on the top three. It’s easy to say the Bengals, but we’d go with the Browns at +200 or better.

If Watson is able to play most of the games, then Cleveland’s offense may be cured of the ills that Baker Mayfield helped cause. Jacoby Brissett is a competent QB to play when Watson is out and Cleveland also added WR Amari Cooper to the fold in a trade with the Cowboys. The Browns are the most dangerous team in this division once again despite last year’s disappointments.

2021 AFC North Results

The AFC North was a battle the whole way through 2021, which isn’t anything surprising with this division. Nobody dominated and nobody fell too far back, as first place had 10 wins and last place had eight.

In the end, it was the Cincinnati Bengals winning three of four to close the season while the Ravens lost six in a row to fall out of contention altogether. The Bengals used the division crown as a springboard to an AFC championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams. It was the Bengals’ first AFC North crown since 2015.

Past AFC North Division Winners

YearWinnerRecord
2020Pittsburgh Steelers12-4
2019Baltimore Ravens14-2
2018Baltimore Ravens10-6
2017Pittsburgh Steelers13-3
2016Pittsburgh Steelers11-5
2015Cincinnati Bengals12-4
2014Pittsburgh Steelers11-5
2013Cincinnati Bengals11-5
2012Baltimore Ravens*10-6
2011Baltimore Ravens12-4
2010Pittsburgh Steelers12-4

*Super Bowl Champion

How To Bet On NFL Division Winners

Shop lines. Always go shopping for NFL lines. The fact that one sportsbook has the Steelers at +400 doesn’t mean it’s the best option. You can find them at +425 in other places if you’re lucky.

There are some things you should note when looking at an odds table. The odds are the first thing, of course. Odds will tell you which team is the favorite (lower numbers equals more favoritism).

They also point out how much you would profit if you win the bet. For example, a $100 bet on Baltimore (+125) would give you $125 in winnings and a total payout of $225.

Following the odds, look at the handle. This represents the percentage of total bets a team is getting to win the division.

For example, the Steelers have a 6% handle, which means 6% of all money wagered on the AFC North is going for Pittsburgh.

Last but not least, have a glance at the percentage of bets. This is the number of bets—not the amount—each team receives.

For example, the Browns have 54% of all bets. This doesn’t translate to how much money people wagered on Cleveland. They can have 54% of the bets, but 72% of the handle, meaning bigger bets are being placed on them.

Step-By-Step To Bet On Divisional Winners

1. Go to your favorite sportsbook and log in.

2. Look for the NFL tab.

3. Click on the Division’s tab from the drop-down menu.

4. Choose the odds and team you will bet on.

5. Place your bet from the bet slip window—usually—on the right side of the screen.

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