OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Cleveland Browns have come to be the betting favorites to get their first AFC North title, and that’s not gone undetected by the present division champions.
Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson complimented the Browns in the off season moves, including the exchange for wide recipient Odell Beckham Jr. , but remarked that even the AFC North is going to be set on the field, not by a game.
“[W]e’re still hitting the [AFC North] title. “Until then, you have to come strip the title from us. That is just what exactly it is.”
The Ravens won their first division title since 2012, however, Baltimore lost four key members from last season’s top-ranked defense in free service.
“You can sleep in the event that you want, however we’re planning to be out there playing with basketball, and let the cards emerge the way exactly they perform,” Jefferson said. “We work a bit tougher, lift a little tougher, run a little tougher outside there. Therefore I’m eager .”
The DraftKings SuperBook in Nj opened the Browns as +140 favorites to win the division, trailed closely by the Pittsburgh Steelers in +160 and Ravens at +250.
The Browns are the only team from the division not to win against the AFC North. Since the realignment in 2002, Cleveland gets the worst division record (24-77-1, .240) in the NFL.
But the Browns are probably one of their most active teams this offseason. Besides trading for Beckham, Cleveland also included defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive ending Olivier Vernon this off season.
“I assume it’s excellent. I enjoy everything they did, I really like that they attracted a whole great deal more talent into the division,” Jefferson said. “clearly, Odell coming into the Browns is humongous. What he brings to the game is rare. Plus, with most of the current complements around him that he has, together with Baker [Mayfield]. That brings a lot of challenges for opposing guards, and then a defense needs to play twice a year, that brings that challenge too.”
Jefferson isn’t the only Ravens player who’s talked about the suddenly trendy Browns, as wide receiver Willie Snead I V took to Twitter last week to share his notions.
— Willie Snead I V (@Willie_Snead4G) March 13, 2019
The Ravens and Browns split last year’s season series with each team winning in the home.