Steelers have the worst odds to win the AFC North in 2022
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Even with spending approximately $87 million on six outside free agents, the oddsmakers still see a grim outlook for the Steelers in 2022. According to Caesars Sportsbook, the Steelers have +1000 (10/1) odds to win the AFC North this year, which is the basement of the division.
Surprisingly, the Browns are listed as the favorites with odds at +170 (17/10) over the defending AFC Champion Bengals +220 (11/5) and Ravens +220 (11/5). The trade for Deshaun Watson clearly played a big factor in Caesars Sportsbook being so high on the Browns. However, Watson could possibly still face a lengthy suspension this year for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct.
The Steelers being projected to finish last in the AFC North seems about right, as Mitch Trubisky is just not on the same level as Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson and Watson. It all comes down to the quarterback position. I like the Trubisky signing too, but he's probably better than just four quarterbacks in the AFC. I think Trubisky is a solid bridge quarterback and will be serviceable, but I can't see him leading the Steelers to a division title or a deep playoff run. Unless the Steelers trade up for Malik Willis, the 2023 NFL Draft will be when the Steelers get their next franchise quarterback.