The AFC North is one of the most interesting divisions in football. Between Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, and Desean Watson there may be more QB talent than the entire NFC. With Kenny Pickett due to take a big step forward in 2023, this division is wide open. What are some of the best bets for the AFC North in 2023?
Best Bets AFC North 2023
Baltimore Ravens – J.K. Dobbins to Win Comeback Player of the Year
Dobbins went through the wringer coming back from his knee injury in 2022. It was one of the most difficult injuries to return from, and it caused him to miss most of the season. He played in eight games but was on a heavily reduced snap count. Even in his early stages of playing, he was hyper-efficient and showed the explosiveness that made him such an elite draft prospect and a great fantasy football pick this season. Dobbins is currently listed at to win comeback player of the year, but he has the inside track to the win.
He plays on a team that should be good. He plays a position that most fans see and recognize. Also, Dobbins could easily finish the season top ten in yards from scrimmage. Todd Monken is reported to include running backs in the passing game. This is something Dobbins displayed in college but hasn’t gotten the chance to showcase in the NFL. As he gets the ball more in space, he’ll put together more highlight plays. As he puts together more highlight plays, fans will love him. Once fans love him, he will be a front-runner for the award. Easy selection for comeback player of the year in 2023.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Win Total Over 8.5
This line feels a little disrespectful to Mike Tomlin. Last season with a rookie quarterback, his defensive player of the year T.J. Watt injured, and with one of the worst offensive lines in football, the Steelers won nine games. For some reason after crushing the NFL draft, bolstering the line in free agency, and the league anticipating a huge step forward from Kenny Pickett their win total is set at .
The last time a Mike Tomlin team won less than eight games Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph took turns at quarterback. Before that? The number one movie at the box office was Frozen. The first one. Kenny Pickett and the Steelers currently have the 12th easiest schedule in 2023 according to PFF. The AFC North is always tough, but the Steelers play the Las Vegas Raiders, Houston Texans, and Los Angeles Rams all in a one-month span. This will start the team off hot, build confidence and they can crush their win total prediction. Some of the early schedule predictions have the team finishing 12-5. That win total would put them in the running for the AFC North and a home playoff game. With all this in mind, Pittsburgh is primed for a playoff run and could be a sneaky pick to win more than just some regular-season games.
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