When it comes to the regular season, teams in the AFC North know how to win games. In fact, three teams in the division won a minimum of ten games last year. As you can expect, those same teams are favored in 2015 AFC North odds to win with predictions favoring the Baltimore Ravens (+190) followed by the Cincinnati Bengals (+220), the Pittsburgh Steelers (+190) and the Cleveland Browns (+900). Although it was the Steelers who last year's title, it is the Ravens who are favored to do so in 2015 despite only winning the division twice since 2008 with their most recent during the 2012-13 season when they hoisted the Lombardi trophy in victory.
As with their Super Bowl victory, defense always plays an important role in regular season in playoff wins. That being said, Baltimore finished last year with six different defensive backs on injured reserved. Head coach John Harbaugh should have better luck at the start of the 2015-16 season with a healthy Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Will Hill who averaged 4.6-tackles in the last eight games of the season. Replacing the big defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with Timmy Jernigan however will be a difficult task.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a solid selection in 2015 AFC North odds to win, that is of course as long as Andy Dalton is behind center. Dalton finished last year throwing 3,398-yards for 19-touchdowns and an 83.5-quarterback rating with most of his TD's settling softly in the hands of A.J. Green who returns for his fifth season. Green will also be complimented by Mohamed Sanu who recorded 5-touchdowns during last year's campaign. The Bengals defense will be the key to Cincinnati getting over their "playoff hump." The trio of Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins will need to be a formidable force upfront while cornerbacks Leon Hall and Adam Jones must secure the secondary for Cincinnati to have a chance of winning the division.
And then there are the Cleveland Browns. After putting their hopes in Johnny "football" Manziel and striking out horribly, the Browns picked up Josh McCown from the Buccaneers to be the signal caller this year. The offense will be missing the speed of Josh Gordon serving a year-long suspension due to drug related suspensions but should have an interesting trio of Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Brian Hartline (Dolphins) and Terrelle Pryor (Seahawks) attempting to pick up the slack. On the defense, first round draft pick Danny Shelton (Washington) should make an immediate impact at the line of scrimmage while the free agent signing of CB Traymon Williams (Packers) and experience of Justin Gilbert must live up to their potential for Cleveland to reach the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers went a profitable 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS last season to win the AFC North title but could be in for a bit of regression this year despite what handicapping predictions are claiming. Yes, the offensive will still have Ben Roethlisberger at QB, running back LeVeon Bell after serving a two game suspension for marijuana use and wide receiver Antonio Brown terrorizing the sideline but what about the defense? The Steelers did draft three defensive backs to address their riddled backfield after losing Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain this offseason but the inexperience of the young secondary does not warrant any favorable wagers in 2015 AFC North odds.