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NFL 2021: AFC North team-by-team predictions, best bets, odds and picks

One of the tightest divisions in the league, the AFC North had three teams make the playoffs last season, with the Steelers, Ravens and Browns all looking to better their postseason efforts in the 2021 season. All this and more can be found right here with the best NFL betting picks for the AFC North as NFL Week 1 fast approaches.

The AFC North provides a lot of intrigue this season, with the Steelers at risk of falling off, whilst the Browns and Ravens have made solid additions, resulting in them being popular dark horse picks for the Super Bowl. The Bengals are also set to show promise with the return of their injured star, Joe Burrow.

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Here are the NFL Futures bets we're throwing down for the AFC North โฌ


 

Baltimore Ravens

NFL Week 1 Matchup: Ravens vs. Raiders

Super Bowl 2021 Win Probability: 5.3%

Super Bowl 2021 Odds: +1400 (BetMGM)

Lamar Jackson and his Ravens had a solid season in 2020, coming through for an 11-5 record and a win on Wild Card weekend over the Titans.

We're projecting the Steelers to drop away and the Browns to rise (more on both, below), meaning that the most likely finishing position for the Ravens is second in the division, which you can get at some nice plus money odds!

Suggested bet:
To finish second in the AFC North (+155)

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Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals went 4-1-11 last season, a poor record compounded by the serious leg injury to young star QB, Joe Burrow.

As it stands, Burrow is "optimistic" about suiting up for Week 1 of the NFL season, which will see him right in the mix for what is set to be a hotly contested Comeback Player of the Year race, with guys like Dak Prescott, Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley. 

The smart play for the CPOY award looks to be to bet on all those guys, but to read that there are +800 odds on offer for a guy who was competing with Justin Herbert for Offensive ROTY last season was simply too good to ignore and we expect him to be back throwing touchdowns right from NFL Week 1.

Suggested bet:
Joe Burrow to win CPOY (+800)

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Cleveland Browns

NFL Week 1 Matchup: Browns vs. Chiefs

Super Bowl 2021 Win Probability: 4.7%

Super Bowl 2021 Odds: +1600 (BetMGM)

The Browns had a very non-Browns season in 2020, over delivering to finish the regular season with an 11-5 record and deliver a massive playoff win over the Steelers, 48-37.

Even though they had such an impressive season last time out, there's no reason to think that was just a fluke, with strong defensive recruits coming in and the x-factor of Odell Beckham Jr. returning from injury.

With 2020 Coach of the Year, Kevin Stefanski, still at the helm and strong units on both ends, we like the value for the Browns to win the AFC North (+150) and for Myles Garrett to take out the Defensive Player of the Year award (+500). 

Suggested bets:
Myles Garrett to win DPOY (+500)
Browns to win AFC North (+150)

Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Week 1 Matchup: Steelers vs. Bills

Super Bowl 2021 Win Probability: 1.9%

Super Bowl 2021 Odds: +4400 (FanDuel)

Fading the Steelers seems to be a popular pick this pre-season, and we're joining the club!

After starting last season with 11 straight wins, they tailed off big time, losing four of their last five before crashing out in the Wild Card round to the above-mentioned Browns.

With that in mind, we're betting on them going Under their total wins line of 8.5, with the Ravens and Browns likely both eyeing off their matchups' with the Steelers and pencilling in wins.

Suggested Bet:
Under 8.5 wins (-115)

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