Odds to win the AFC North: Bengals are rounding into form
Joe Burrow and the Bengals have won two straight games and are surging up the AFC North odds table. Photo by Jeff Dean/AP.

It was another tough go for the AFC North as only the Cincinnati Bengals walked away from Week 4 with a win.

The latest: The Baltimore Ravens suffered another late loss while the Bengals had a convincing win on Thursday Night Football. The Browns were bested by a surprising opponent while Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett made his first career appearance.

Here are the updated AFC North odds after Week 4.

AFC North odds

Check out the latest odds to win the AFC North. Click linked odds to add selection to betslip.

TeamOdds (Oct. 3)Odds (Sept. 26)Preseason odds
Baltimore Ravens+100-130+140
Cincinnati Bengals+160+325+450
Cleveland Browns+500+333+170
Pittsburgh Steelers+2,500+1,500+800

Odds as of 2:14 p.m. ET on 10/03/2022.

Best AFC North odds

The favourite: Ravens (+100)

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens remain division favourites despite blowing another three-score lead.

Sunday's 23-20 loss against the Bills marked the second time the Ravens have lost in that fashion in the past three weeks. There are plenty of positives to draw from, though. Jackson is three years removed from his MVP season and appears to be back at that level, despite the absence of a long-term deal.

He's thrown for a league-leading 11 touchdowns and has rushed for 316 yards and two TDs as well.

Contract or no contract, one thing is certain: Jackson makes the Ravens' offence look really good. His 105.1 passer rating is the fourth-best mark in the NFL, and Rashod Bateman has emerged as a No. 1 receiver alongside Mark Andrews.

The Ravens have an exceptional offensive line bolstered by second-round draft pick Tyler Linderbaum and a stable of running backs to march behind it. J.K. Dobbins is still playing on a snap count in his return from a knee injury, but he found the end zone twice on 17 touches in Week 4.

Baltimore was stymied by injury trouble last season, an issue that has already reared its head again. Kyle Fuller tore his ACL in Week 1 and will be out for the season. Without him, the Ravens' secondary has been getting cooked to the tune of 315.3 passing yards per game.

Being able to close out games will be a major point of focus for this team.

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Best value: Bengals (+160)

The Bengals' divisional odds have been more than halved after the dust settled in Week 4. Two disappointing losses to start the season have been largely forgotten, and Cincinnati now looks similar to the team we'd seen in the Super Bowl just seven months prior.

Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase are key reasons why the Bengals can storm back and win this division. The third-year quarterback threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3, while Chase remains among the NFL's elite receivers.

The Bengals' biggest weakness last season was their offensive line. Burrow was sacked 55 times in 2021 and 13 through the first two games of this season. That said, the group only gave up two sacks in Week 3 on one in Week 4.

Ted Karras, Alex Cappa and La'el Collins were added in free agency to bolster the OL but they didn't have much time to gel before the season. That trio should become more cohesive, protecting Burrow while paving the way for Joe Mixon, who is coming off his most productive season to date.

Cincinnati's secondary is also much improved. The Bengals used their top draft picks to select Daxton Hill and Cam Taylor-Britt in the first and second rounds.

Team to watch: Browns (+500)

The Browns followed an impressive win against the Steelers with an equally disappointing loss to the Falcons.

There are certainly positives to draw from this team — but plenty of issues as well.

Nick Chubb has been dominant this season while Amari Cooper has recorded multiple 100-plus-yard games at receiver. The offence looks capable under Jacoby Brissett, and if Cleveland can tread water for seven more games, it may have a playoff shot when Deshaun Watson returns.

Defensive Player of the Year candidate and team leader Myles Garrett was injured in a car accident but should return to play sometime down the line. It will likely be difficult for Cleveland's defence to operate without him.

Second-year players like Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Grant Delpit will need to elevate their play and help close out games — something Cleveland has struggled so far this year.

The Browns narrowly blew a lead against the Panthers in Week 1 and had a 99.9% chance of winning with 2:09 to go against the Jets in Week 2, according to ESPN.

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