Predictions for the 2020 AFC North – Betting Odds and Analysis for Each Team

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 30, 2020 1:55 am PDT
AFC North Predictions for 2020

After going 14-2 and coasting to the AFC North title, the Ravens knocked the draft out of the park. Looking ahead to 2020, is there any reason to think that Baltimore won’t crush their division competition like the cockroaches they are (nod to Mr. Wonderful)?

The Steelers get Big Ben back, and the Browns have loads of talent, so perhaps the Ravens will be challenged. Maybe it’s possible that Joe Burrow leads the Bengals to The Promised Land.

This AFC North predictions post helps set the stage for what’s in store. 

AFC North Division Odds for 2020

BetOnline MyBookie
Baltimore Ravens -200 -200
Pittsburgh Steelers +350 +325
Cleveland Browns +450 +500
Cincinnati Bengals +2000 +2500

Regardless of which one of the leading NFL betting sites you place your futures bets at, you’re going to have to lay in the neighborhood of -200 to back the Ravens. Pittsburgh at +350 should entice plenty of folks, and we know Baker Mayfield and company are going to receive plenty of action.

The attraction of Joe Burrow alone should draw in a few bucks on Cincy, but is that just lighting money on fire?

Let’s take a look. 

Analyzing the AFC North Teams

It’s easy to recommend a bet on the Ravens and call it a day, but you can’t take anything for granted in the National Football League.

There’s enough upside attached to the other three teams in this division to at least spark some interest. But is there enough substance to warrant pulling the trigger on any bets?

Baltimore Ravens

In terms of which team had the best draft in 2020, it’s hard to argue that any organization added more value than Baltimore. Eric DeCosta nabbed Patrick Queen at #28 to plug into the middle of the defense, and that’s just where the party got started.

J.K. Dobbins joins Mark Ingram to form what is a seriously formidable “1-2 punch” in the backfield, and Devin Duvernay is going to be a legitimate weapon right from the get-go.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the reigning NFL MVP and the impact he has on this squad. Lamar Jackson’s brash style of play and uncanny skillset has transcended the way the Ravens scheme their game plan.

Once again, Baltimore will be among the most exciting teams in the league.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers went 8-8 last year with a combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges leading the way. With Ben Roethlisberger back in the saddle, don’t be shocked if Pittsburgh chases Baltimore down.

Mike Tomlin sported a top-5 defense in 2019 that’s only going to get better. Whether you talk about T.J. Watt, Devin Bush Jr., or Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers have dynamic playmakers at every level.

I mentioned Big Ben’s return to the lineup, but that’s not the only boost Randy Fichtner’s unit receives. Chase Claypool is a 6’4” 238-pound rookie wideout who Coach Tomlin is super excited about. Eric Ebron arrives in Pittsburgh as a reliable tight end and a major asset in the red zone, while the addition of Derek Watt (T.J.’s younger brother) will open up lanes for the running game.

As great as the Ravens are, +350 for this group is pretty tempting.

Cleveland Browns

Closing the chapter of Freddie Kitchens and bringing in Kevin Stefanski was the first breakthrough for this organization. What they proceeded to do in free agency and the draft were the next big steps.

Cleveland’s offense already had great running backs and gifted receivers to support Baker Mayfield. Now they add Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. to the offensive line, not to mention made Austin Hooper the richest tight end in football. Getting Myles Garrett back and sliding Grant Delpit in at safety suddenly makes this defense compelling.

If Baker can just tone things down and put all of his energy in the right places, the Browns could do some serious damage.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals aren’t likely to factor into the AFC North Division in 2020. However, by 2021, they could be a force to be reckoned with.

If Cincy can lock A.J. Green up and develop Tee Higgins quickly, the idea that Joe Burrow will be a bust disappears into oblivion. With that being said, continuing to surround Burrow with valuable resources on the field is the quickest way to get him up to NFL speed.

The defense can’t go from a zero to a hero (nod to Lori Greiner) overnight, but it should be significantly more efficient than it was in 2019. Trae Waynes (3-year/$42 million) comes over from Minnesota as a shutdown corner, while D.J. Reader (4-year/$53 million) gives the Bengals a run-stuffing nose tackle. On top of that, I view Logan Wilson as one of the best picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Who Will Win the AFC North in 2020?

Rather than get fancy with my AFC North prediction, I’m sticking with the obvious choice.

All the Ravens front office has done since last season ended is make intelligent decisions that will improve the product on the field. When stacking them up with the rest of this division, Baltimore is simply too tough on both sides of the ball.

I wouldn’t bank on John Harbaugh’s bunch going 14-2 again, but 12 or more wins is well within the cards. That should be more than enough to cruise to the AFC North crown.

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