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Lamar Jackson, Ravens favored to three-peat as AFC North champs

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Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are favored to win the AFC North for a third straight year in 2020. We break down the odds for all the teams in the division.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a pass in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to repeat as AFC North champs in 2020, and they have a good chance to do that following Lamar Jackson’s MVP season. The Ravens finished with a league-best 14-2 record while setting a single season for rushing yards and will return key players on both sides of the ball.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are expected to get better though. We break down the DraftKings Sportsbook odds of each AFC North team winning the division title here.

Baltimore Ravens (-177)

The Ravens opened the year as favorites at -177 and haven’t budged since then. Jackson, Marquise Brown, Mark Ingram, and Mark Andrews are all back, so it’s hard to see the offense dropping off much, despite the retirement of Marshal Yanda. Baltimore also brought back its top pass rusher, Matthew Judon, by naming him the franchise player. Adding Michael Brockers and Calais Campbell to the defensive line didn’t do much for Baltimore from a betting perspective, but the Ravens remains a sturdy team all around.

Pittsburgh Steelers (+275)

Pittsburgh has the second best odds after finishing with a .500 in 2019 without Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury after two games. Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges were good enough to help the Steelers get second in the division while the team struggled on the ground and finished 29th in rushing. Their defense is still among the best in the league though, and Roethlisberger is expected to be the Week 1 starter in 2020. Pittsburgh opened the year at +275 and hasn’t moved from there. Its core group is still in place, but it added tight end Eric Ebron to the mix.

Cleveland Browns (+550)

The Browns’ odds have cooled off after last season’s third place finish in the division. They opened the year at +550 and haven’t seen any movement at DraftKings Sportsbook, despite adding Austin Hooper to a talented offensive group that features Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland also shored up its offensive line by adding Jack Conklin. It has room to make some other big moves before the 2020 season, but it’ll likely have to prove that these pieces fit together in the regular season to be taken seriously — especially after it failed to live up to the hype in 2019.

Cincinnati Bengals (+2000)

The Bengals are an afterthought in the AFC North after finishing with the worst record in the league last season. Getting A.J. Green back for a year will be big for the their budding receiving corps, and they’re expected to get Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 Draft. But those two pieces won’t make a difference after they fielded the worst run defense in the NFL last year. Cincinnati addressed offensive line and defensive back needs to kick off free agency, but have a lot of other holes. It’s not likely that its +2000 mark will get better anytime soon as it begins to rebuild.

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