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Cleveland Browns, not the Steelers, are going favorites to win the AFC North in 2019

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL landscape is fluid, constantly changing with different events like injuries, draft picks and certainly after free agency. Sports books across the country release updated odds on things like who will win the Super Bowl, and even who is most likely to win their respective division.

For the AFC North, and maybe even the entire NFL, there is no team sexier right now than the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield entering his second season, Myles Garrett looking every bit the part as a dominant pass rusher, beefing up their defensive line in free agency and the monster trade with the New York Giants for Odell Beckham Jr.

All of that combined together and you have a team bettors view as moving up the ranks in the division. In fact, the WestGate Sports book is predicting the Browns will go from the cellar to the top of the division in 2019.

Check out the current odds for the AFC North:

Cleveland Browns — 7/5
Pittsburgh Steelers — 8/5
Baltimore Ravens — 5/2
Cincinnati Bengals — 30/1

It is easy to understand how the pundits will be excited about the Browns, especially after their huge haul this offseason, with more draft picks to come, but you also have to think about two very key positions where the Browns are very green.

Quarterback and head coach.

Baker Mayfield had showed signs of brilliance in 2018, but also a real learning curve to life in the NFL as a quarterback. Will he continue to progress, or will the NFL catch up to Mayfield and he experience a sophomore slump?

As for the head coach, Freddie Kitchens is a rookie head coach, and don’t think for a second being a head coach in the league is something which comes natural to everyone. If anyone would know about coaching struggles, it would be the Browns.

Needless to say, there is a lot which can change between now and the end of the 2019 regular season, but if you like the above odds you might want to get some money down before they change again.