Can The Cleveland Browns Win the AFC North?

  • The Cleveland Browns are currently sitting with +325 betting odds to win the AFC North over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The Browns are currently 10-4 and just one game back of the 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers, who have now lost three games in a row.

CLEVELAND – The perennial peril of Cleveland Browns fans has been put on pause in the year 2020.

In a year filled with trials and tribulations, fans of one of the most downtrodden franchises in American professional sports have reason to be happy. The Cleveland Browns are currently 10-4 on the season, their best record since 2007. In fact, this is just the third ten-win season for the Browns since 1988.

The Browns are just one game out of first place in the AFC North, behind only the 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers began the season with 11 straight wins, but have now lost three games in a row in a disastrous display of ineptitude.

With just two games left on the schedule, many are asking the question if the Cleveland Browns can win the AFC North.

The online sportsbook have wondered the same, and have shortened odds on if the Browns can overtake the Steelers in the divisional race.

2020 AFC North Champion

  • Pittsburgh Steelers -325
  • Cleveland Browns +235

When looking at this wager, one bettor must consider the remaining games for both teams.

In true dramatic fashion, the Browns and the Steelers will meet each other in Week 17 to end the season. The Steelers won the first matchup on October 18 by a score of 38-7, in a game where James Conner ran for over 100 yards and Baker Mayfield completed just 10 passes.

In the meantime, the Browns must first get a win over the New York Jets this Sunday. While that might be an easy task on any other week, the Jets just pulled off one of the biggest underdog victories in NFL history, overcoming a 17-point spread to beat the Los Angeles Rams.

The Jets are a 9-point underdog in their matchup with the Browns.

NFL Week 16 – 1:00 p.m. EST:

  • Cleveland Browns -500
  • New York Jets +350
  • Spread: CLE -9.5
  • Over/Under: 47.0

The Steelers meanwhile have a much stronger challenge waiting for them this weekend in the form of the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Colts are 10-4 and are tied for the lead in their division. With the way the Steelers have been playing lately, they cannot feel great about their matchup. Their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was indicative of a team in desperate need of some motivation late in the season.

That could possibly come from Ben Roethlisberger, who delivered a message to Steeler nation following the loss.

Current NFL odds have the Steelers as a 1.5-point underdog to Indianapolis.

NFL Week 16 – 1:00 p.m. EST:

  • Indianapolis Colts -130
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +110
  • Spread: IND -1.5
  • Over/Under: 45.0

If the Steelers take the loss this weekend and the Browns are able to somehow overcome the fearsome Jets, the teams would be tied at 11-4 heading into their final matchup of the season.

At that point, it will be a winner take all divisional championship game to decide the AFC North.