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Odds: Steelers Favored to Finish Last in AFC North

Steelers Odds: Pittsburgh is the favorite to finish in last place in the four-team AFC North, something the Steelers have never done before.

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward tries to tackle Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong on Nov. 19, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds-on favorites to finish in last place in the AFC North in 2024, something the franchise has never done in the history of the division and hasn’t done at all since the 1980s.

According to odds posted recently at Bet MGM, one of Pennsylvania’s biggest sportsbooks and one of 12 sportsbooks with posted odds in the state, the Steelers have -115 odds to finish in last place in the AFC North, the shortest odds of any of the four teams. Pittsburgh has +700 odds to win the division, +450 odds to finish second and +225 odds to come in third.

The Baltimore Ravens are the favorites to win the North, with +125 odds. The Ravens are +170 to finish second, +350 to finish third and +1100 to come in last. The Cincinnati Bengals are close behind at +165 to take home the divisional crown, an even +165 to come in second, +275 at third and +750 to bring up the rear.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson gets away from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Cole Holcomb in a game at a Acrsiure Stadium on Oct. 8, 2023. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Cleveland Browns are the closest team to the Steelers. Cleveland is +550 to with the AFC North — a feat the Browns have never accomplished — +350 to come in second, +185 in third and +140 for fourth.

Despite the odds, the Steelers have never finished in last place since the AFC North was founded in 2002. In fact, Pittsburgh has only finished in third place six times over the last 22 years, though the Steelers have come in third in two consecutive seasons. They were also favored to finish last ahead of the 2023 season.

Pittsburgh has secured first place in the division nine times, Baltimore seven times and Cincinnati six times. The Browns have finished in last in 14 of the 22 seasons.

The Steelers haven’t finished in last place since the 5-11 in 1988 came in fourth in the four-team AFC Central. Pittsburgh also came in fourth in the six-team AFC Central in 1999, with a 6-10 record. Overall, the Steelers have had just four losing seasons since that 1988 team came in last pace, going 7-9 in 1991 and 1998 and 6-10 in 1999 and 2003. 

That final 6-10 season had the Steelers in third place in the AFC North, but they drafted eleventh in 2004 NFL Draft, allowing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to fall to Pittsburgh after the Browns passed on him by selecting tight end Kellen Winslow II at No. 6 overall.