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The AFC North was the only division last season to send three teams to the playoffs. The Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals scrapped it out, with Baltimore ultimately winning the division with a 12-4 record, while Pittsburgh and Cincinnati secured wildcard spots. Cincinnati’s five-win improvement in one year has a lot of people talking about the Bengals heading into this season, but oddsmakers still believe that Cincinnati is a step behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore, as seen in the odds comparison below.

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For the last decade, the New England Patriots have been considered the favorite to win the AFC East, and this season is no different.  The Jets and Bills seem to have the best shot at dethroning New England atop the division, but the Patriots are still an overwhelming favorite as evidenced in the odds comparison below:New England is installed as heavy chalk in all major sportsbooks, and when we convert these betting lines to percentages (implied probability—a detailed explanation can be found here), we see that major sportsbooks believe that the Patriots will win the AFC East roughly 80% of the time.

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