Simulation gives Bengals decent shot at winning AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) dives for a touchdown against Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reigning AFC North champion and on paper have a team more than capable of repeating, but the Bengals are given a decent chance to unseat them, according to a simulation of the 2017 season run by SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh.

Oh ran the simulation 10,000 times, and while the Steelers won the division the most it was a little less than half the time (47.6 percent), while the Bengals won it 27 percent of the time, just ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, which won it 25.1 percent of the time.

It shouldn't be surprising that the Cleveland Browns won just 0.3 percent of the time, which equates to only 30 times in the 10,000 simulations.

The most lopsided divisional simulation came in the AFC East where the New England Patriots won 95.2 percent of the time.

The most lopsided divisional simulation in the NFC was in the North Division where the Green Bay Packers won 73.9 percent of the time.

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