AFC North Betting Preview: Why the Bengals Aren’t the Favorites to Repeat as Division Champs

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off an AFC North title and a Super Bowl appearance in 2022. They bring back their core of Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and Ja’Marr Chase and upgraded their offensive line by bringing in La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, Ted Karras.

On paper, Cincy looks poised to take another step forward and blow away the AFC North this coming season, but that’s not how Las Vegas oddsmakers see it. Let’s check out the betting preview for the AFC North and dive into why the Bengals aren’t betting favorites to repeat as division champs.

AFC North betting odds

Lamar Jackson runs the ball against the Bengals.
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Bengals have all the pieces in place to become a dynasty for years to come, but they surprisingly aren’t the betting favorites to win the AFC North in 2022-23. Instead, the Baltimore Ravens have been pegged as the favorites to win the division at +170 odds.

The Bengals are right behind at +185, with the Cleveland Browns (+260) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+950) further up on the odds board. Check out the complete betting breakdown of the AFC North below:

AFC North win totals
Baltimore Ravens: 10.5
Cincinnati Bengals: 9.5
Cleveland Browns: N/A
Pittsburgh Steelers: 7.5

Odds to win AFC North
Baltimore Ravens: +170
Cincinnati Bengals: +185
Cleveland Browns: +260
Pittsburgh Steelers: +950

Odds to win AFC
Baltimore Ravens: +1000
Cincinnati Bengals: +1200
Cleveland Browns: +1400
Pittsburgh Steelers: +3700

Odds to win Super Bowl
Baltimore Ravens: +2100
Cincinnati Bengals: +2100
Cleveland Browns: +2800
Pittsburgh Steelers: +7000

AFC North best bet: Back the Ravens to dethrone the Bengals in 2023

Ravens to win AFC North: +170

I was never a believer in the Bengals last season. They overachieved every step of the way and had luck on their side the entire year.

The Ravens, on the other hand, had none. Baltimore lost Marcus Peters, Ronnie Stanley, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Marlon Humphrey, L.J. Fort, Derek Wolfe, and DeShon Elliott to season-ending injuries last season, and it still finished close to .500 at 8-9.

With the Ravens back to full strength in 2022, they’re the best team in the AFC North. I trust John Harbaugh to right the ship more than I do Zac Taylor to improve upon a dream 2021 season. Don’t be afraid to put a small wager on the Ravens to win the AFC at 10/1 odds, too.

All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 7/24.

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