Can the Browns Spoil Bengals Chance of AFC North Threepeat?

Can the Browns Spoil Bengals Chance of AFC North Threepeat?
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The AFC North looks to be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season will all four teams having win totals of at least 8.5 at Ohio sports betting apps. 

The top team in the division is the Cincinnati Bengals, who have won the division in back-to-back seasons. – your source for Ohio betting sites – looks at whether the Bengals can get a threepeat and whether the Cleveland Browns can break through.

Led by Joe Burrow, the Bengals are the current favorites to take the division again in 2023.

But one team that could challenge them for that spot is the Cleveland Browns. Heading into Year 2 of the Deshaun Watson era, the Browns appear to have one of the best rosters in the league. Now, they just need Watson to play up to his contract to get the Browns back in the playoff hunt. 

Just how close are the Browns to catching the Bengals in the AFC North? And just how much of a lead to the Bengals have on everyone else in the division? Let’s look at how the AFC North odds have changed for Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland via BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio from the opening line, before free agency, before the NFL Draft, etc.


Shifting Odds in AFC North

TeamOpening OddsOdds on 3/1/2003Odds Before NFL DraftOdds on 6/1
🏈 Bengals+125+125+105+120
🏈 Ravens+225+350+250+240
🏈 Browns+400+300+300+375
🏈 Steelers+550+600+600+600


Closer Look at the Division

As you can see, the Bengals are still the clear favorites to win the AFC North this season. Their odds of winning the AFC North have shifted some throughout the offseason, but they have remained the favorites the entire way. That’s not a surprise considering they have the best quarterback in the division and have added talent to their roster, including Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. 

Meanwhile, the Browns’ odds to win the division increased before the NFL Draft, but quickly fell back to +375 after the draft. One of the reasons why that was the case had nothing to do with them at all. Instead, the change of odds likely was due to the Baltimore Ravens signing Lamar Jackson to a contract extension just a few minutes before the start of the NFL Draft. 

Before the Jackson extension, the Browns had the second-best odds to win the AFC North. But as soon as the Ravens locked up Jackson, the Browns went right back to third place in the division in terms of odds.

Barstool Sportsbook Ohio has similar odds with the division, with the Bengals favored at +115, followed by the Ravens (+275), Browns (+375) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+600). Look for a BetMGM or Barstool Ohio promo code.

While the Bengals are still the favorites to win the AFC North, this is expected to be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season. It’s not hard to imagine any of the four teams taking the divisional crown as they are all loaded with talent. But don’t be surprised if this division isn’t decided until the Browns travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 18. That game could ultimately decide who wins the AFC North and who hosts a home playoff game. When the time comes, keep an eye out for Ohio sportsbook promos. Could the Browns Super Bowl odds increase? We will be tracking this closely. 

The battle for Ohio has never been more exciting. 

You can go even more in depth on the Bengals Playoff chances and Browns Playoff chances on this site.



Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for The managing editor of The Raiders Wire, Marcus is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.

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