AFC North Predictions, Expert Picks and Odds for the 2020 NFL Season

Jason Schandl
AFC North predictions have the Ravens and Steelers competing for the top spot in the division.
AFC North predictions have the Ravens and Steelers competing for the top spot in the division. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

After an unusually hectic offseason that seemed to drag on forever, the 2020 NFL season is rapidly approaching at long last.

The 2020 Super Bowl race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Before anyone starts thinking about the Super Bowl, however, they need to worry about handling their business within their division during the regular season.

With that in mind, here's how the experts see the NFC North shaping up in 2020.

Picks to Win the AFC North

ESPN projections are from their Football Power Index (FPI) projections, Sporting News projections are from Vinnie Iyer's 2020 predictions, USA Today's projections are from Nate Davis' updated 2020 predictions and FanDuel Sportsbook projections are from their 2020 NFL betting odds.

ESPN: Baltimore Ravens
Sporting News: Baltimore Ravens
USA Today: Baltimore Ravens
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Baltimore Ravens (-200)

No surprise here. After winning the division and finishing first in the AFC at 14-2 in 2019, the Ravens are the unanimous consensus pick to repeat as AFC North champs in 2020.

Baltimore Ravens Predictions 2020

ESPN: 11-5 (1st)
Sporting News: 11-5 (1st)
USA Today: 14-2 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 11.5
Odds to Win the NFC North: -200

Pittsburgh Steelers Predictions 2020

ESPN: 9-7 (2nd)
Sporting News: 10-6 (2nd)
USA Today: 11-5 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 9.0
Odds to Win the NFC North: +340

Cleveland Browns Predictions 2020

ESPN: 8-8 (3rd)
Sporting News: 8-8 (3rd)
USA Today: 9-7 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 8.5
Odds to Win the NFC North: +480

Cincinnati Bengals Predictions 2020

ESPN: 6-10 (4th)
Sporting News: 6-10 (4th)
USA Today: 5-11 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 5.5
Odds to Win the NFC North: +2600

The experts are unanimous in the order they project the four teams to finish in 2020: the Ravens in first, followed by the Steelers, Browns and Bengals in that order. That doesn't mean the AFC North isn't being projected as a highly competitive division, however, as the division is also unanimously being projected to have three teams finish at 8-8 or better.

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