Often referred to as the toughest division in football, the AFC North is the only one of the AFC’s current divisions that does not contain a charter member of the AFL. The Cincinnati Bengals were an AFL expansion team in 1968 who only joined the AFL once the 1970 AFL-NFL merger was assured because owner Paul Brown, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, had no interest in being an AFL club. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns were moved from the NFL’s Century Division into what was then known as the AFL Central in 1970.
The Browns relocated to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1996 and a second Cleveland Browns team was born in 1999.
Including its time as the AFC Central, the Pittsburgh Steelers are far and away the most dominant team in the group, with 21 division titles.
The Steelers own six Super Bowl wins and an NFL-leading 32 winning seasons since 1970. The Baltimore Ravens have won a pair of Super Bowls, while the Cincinnati Bengals are 0-2 in Super Bowl appearances. Only the Cleveland Browns have never appeared in a Super Bowl among the teams who reside in the AFC North.
The Browns are also the only one of the four AFC North franchises that has never won a division title. The second coming of the Browns are a dismal 77-162 since their rebirth.
Best AFC North Betting Lines
We provide the best AFC North betting lines below so keep your eye on them and find the game that is most appealing. Don’t forget to take into account the variety of betting types.
What Are The AFC North standings
This is where the AFC North standings can be located. The AFC North is one of the NFL’s most hotly-contested divisions. Three different teams have won the title in the last four years.
How To Win AFC North Bets
Sportsbooks don’t see those close quarters ending anytime soon. Bovada lists the Pittsburgh Steelers as division favorites at +130 ahead of the defending champion Cincinnati Bengals, who are +175 in the futures book.
Coming off a disappointing 5-11 campaign the Baltimore Ravens are listed at +275 to win the division. Only the Cleveland Browns (+2000) aren’t given a realistic chance of capturing the crown.
Betonline also sees the Steelers running away with their 22nd AFC North title. They have the Steelers at +130, ahead of the Bengals (+170), Ravnes (+290) and really don’t like the Browns (+2800) at all.
Bovada has the over/under on wins by the Browns during the 2016 NFL regular season set at 4.5. Baltimore is 8.5, Cincinnati at 9.5 and Pittsburgh opens at 10.5. After a 12-win season, 9.5 seems a low number on the Bengals and the over might be a wager strongly worth considering.
An AFC North team has appeared in just one of the past five Super Bowls and sportsbooks don’t seem to see that luck changing when the squads take the field for Super Bowl LI.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the best bet on the board in Bovada’s NFL futures to win the Super Bowl, sharing third spot on the list with the Green Bay Packers at +1000.
The Cincinnati Bengals are +1800, the Baltimore Ravens are +3300 and the Cleveland Browns share the longest Super Bowl odds of +10000 with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Betonline also has the Steelers as its third choice in Super Bowl futures at +900 and lists the Browns as longshots at +10000. The Bengals are +1600 and the Ravens sit at +2800.
Some of the best playoff games in NFL history involve AFC North teams. Often two of them. Fourteen times two AFC North teams have squared off in the postseason, including last year’s Bengals-Steelers wildcard tilt with its wild finish.
Overall, Pittsburgh is 10-1 when facing a divisional opponent in the playoffs, including a 3-0 mark in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers have beaten all three of their current division rivials in a postseason game.
The Baltimore Ravens are 2-3 in intra-divisional playoff games, while the Bengals are 1-2 and the Browns bring up the rear at 0-1.
Pittsburgh is listed at +475 to win the AFC Championship by Betonline. The Bengals are +650 to capture their first AFC title since 1988-89. The Ravens open at +1400 but those odds are much better than the +6600 assigned to the Browns.