The Baltimore Ravens put together a disappointing showing in Week 3, losing in overtime to the Indianapolis Colts and their backup quarterback Gardner Minshew.
Baltimore entered the game at 2-0 on the season and as the favorite in the AFC North, but that has since changed.
Oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook have moved the Ravens into a tie with the Cleveland Browns at +195 to win the division this season.
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The Browns picked up a win in Week 3 – moving them to 2-1 on the season – but they’ve already lost a division game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2023. Meanwhile, the Ravens have a massive road division win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Still, oddsmakers view these teams as equals heading into Week 4.
Latest odds to win the AFC North in 2023
Why Ravens are great bet to win AFC North
While Ravens fans won’t love to see their team’s odds to win the division drop, there is value in taking them at nearly 2/1 to capture an AFC North title.
The Ravens have won the AFC North in two of Lamar Jackson’s five seasons with the team, and the main reason they failed to win it the last two seasons was because he was injured.
If Jackson stays healthy, the Ravens should be considered the favorite in the division, especially since their defense has been elite in 2023.
The Ravens (No. 2) and Browns (No. 1) are the two best teams in the NFL in terms of yards per play allowed this season. The key for Baltimore here is that the team’s offense has been better than Cleveland’s, especially throwing the ball.
The Browns are just 22nd in the NFL in net yards gained per pass attempt this season. With Nick Chubb (knee) done for the year, Cleveland is going to have to rely on Deshaun Watson to win games.
Whether Browns fans want to admit it or not, Watson has been far from the same player he once was since coming to Cleveland. I’d personally take Jackson over him every day.
These teams still have two matchups against each other that will ultimately play a huge role in their odds of winning the division, but the fact that Cleveland already dropped a game to Pittsburgh doesn’t help it in the long run.
Baltimore is one of my favorite early-season division bets on the board.
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