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How Bengals, Steelers or Ravens win AFC North

The Bengals and Steelers have the best chances to win the AFC North, as the Ravens will need some help for them to win the division.

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The AFC North has been one of the tightest races all year long, and it will continue to be such for the final two weeks of the regular season. The Bengals won at Cleveland to improve to 9-4-1 while eliminating the Browns from the division race, and essentially from postseason contention.

As for the Steelers, they picked up a huge win at Atlanta to improve to 9-5. Like the Bengals, they control their own destiny in terms of winning the North. As for the Ravens, after holding on to beat the Jaguars at home, they control their own destiny to make it to the playoffs, but need some help to win the division.

Here are the scenarios for how each of those three teams can win the AFC North (we are not factoring in scenarios involving ties)

Bengals Win AFC North If

1. They win out: If Cincy can beat Denver and win at Pittsburgh, they'll win the North, no questions asked.

2. They beat the Broncos and the Ravens and Steelers lose in Week 16: A little hard to happen, but the Bengals can win the division this week if they beat the Broncos on Monday Night Football, and the Steelers lose at home to the Chiefs while the Ravens lose at the Texans.

3. They lose once, but win at Pittsburgh and Ravens lose one of next two games: If the Bengals lose to the Broncos, they can still win the North as long as they win at Pitt in week 17, and the Ravens lose either to the Texans in Week 16, or at home to the Browns in Week 17.

Steelers Win AFC North If

1. They win out: Like Cincinnati, Pitt wins the North if they beat the Chiefs at home in Week 16 and do the same vs. the Bengals in Week 17.

2. They lose once, but not to Cincinnati while Ravens lose once and Bengals lose to Denver: If the Steelers lose to the Chiefs this week, they'll win the North only if the Ravens lose one of their final two in addition to Pitt beating Cincy in Week 17. The Bengals also have to lose to the Broncos in Week 16 for this to work.

Ravens win AFC North If

1. They win out and both Steelers and Bengals lose one: The Ravens can't win the division  without both of their competitors losing at least once down the stretch.