Odds to win the AFC North: Bengals favoured over Ravens
The Bengals look like a true Super Bowl threat. Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP.

This year's AFC North race is coming down to the wire.

The latest: Despite winning seven games in a row, the Cincinnati Bengals are just one game ahead in the division. The Baltimore Ravens are right behind them but desperately need Lamar Jackson to return for the home stretch. Neither the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Cleveland Browns can win the division.

Here are the updated AFC North odds after Week 16.

AFC North odds

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

TeamOdds (Dec. 28)Odds (Dec. 19)Preseason odds
Cincinnati Bengals-265-182+170
Baltimore Ravens+210+150+140

Odds as of 2:19 p.m. ET on 12/28/2022.

Best AFC North odds

Bengals (-265)

The Bengals' quest for back-to-back divisional titles is within reach.

Cincinnati is in the midst of an AFC-best seven-game winning streak. The Bengals are averaging 29.3 points per game over that span with a plus-63 point differential.

Their most recent triumph was a gritty win over the New England Patriots. Cincinnati clung to a fourth-quarter lead on the way to the first 22-18 win in NFL history.

This team is clicking on every level and should be viewed as a threat to win not only the division but the Super Bowl, too.

Joe Burrow has played his way into the MVP conversation with 17 touchdowns in his past seven games. He's also only taken 10 sacks over that span, so the offensive line deserves credit for cleaning up what was one of Cincinnati's greatest problems.

Cincinnati controls its own destiny but will have to beat the Buffalo Bills and the Ravens to ensure the divisional crown.

The other AFC North choice

Ravens (+210)

Baltimore has not looked as convincing as the Bengals this season, but they are still relatively well-positioned to win the AFC North.

Thanks to the Ravens' win over Cincinnati on October 9, they are only one game behind the defending AFC champs, meaning they also control their destiny.

If Baltimore loses in Week 17 and Cincinnati wins the Ravens are done for, but any other outcome this week makes Week 18 a winner-take-all matchup.

By that time Jackson may be ready to go, and his dual-threat skills could be an equalizer in a high-stakes battle. If you believe Baltimore will beat Cincinnati in Week 18 these are enticing odds, because chances are that's what it's going to come down to.

Right now a parlay of a Ravens loss and a Bengals win in Week 17 pays out at +359 so oddsmakers don't see that as a likely scenario.

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