Browns being favored to win AFC North over Bengals is a total joke

Leigh Oleszczak
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals surprised everyone when they won the AFC North in the 2021 season and shocked even more people when they made it to their first Super Bowl since the 1988 season.

While people didn’t pick the Bengals to win their division a year ago, we now know what this team is capable of and most of the team is coming back for the 2022 season.

Wouldn’t that make Cincinnati an easy pick to repeat as champs in their division this year? You’d think so, but WynnBET doesn’t see it that way, as they have the Browns as the betting favorite to win the AFC North in 2022 with +165 odds. The Bengals have the second-best odds with +210 odds and the Ravens are right behind with +220 odds.

How are the Browns favored to win the division over the Bengals?

The only reason why Cleveland is the betting favorite to win the AFC North is that they gave up a king’s ransom to trade for Deshaun Watson. Baker Mayfield was under contract for one more year and as of now, is still on Cleveland’s roster even with Watson in the house.

Watson has been a good quarterback during his time in the NFL but didn’t play during the entire 2021 season and he’s likely facing a suspension for 2022, making the Browns’ chances of winning those games more difficult.

The Bengals haven’t lost much talent this offseason and know they’re capable of winning the big games now. They got that “playoff monkey” off their back and will be determined to get the right result this time around.

Cleveland, on the other hand, is heading into another season where they’re switching quarterbacks and they won’t have the money or draft capital to add as much talent as they need.

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I get that the Watson addition makes the Browns a better team but to have them favored to win the division over the reigning champions is flat-out disrespectful and quite funny.