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ESPN simulator thinks Bengals get No. 1 pick in 2020 draft

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Not happening.

NFL: DEC 23 Bengals at Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, simulated each and every NFL game. Yes, they did all 250+.

If their predictions become a reality, will the Bengals be happy or distraught and upset after Zac Taylor first year. ESPN has the Bengals winning just three games and being awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Somehow, someway ESPN also predicts that Cincinnati takes down Seattle on the road in Week 1. But, just one week later, they allow a far inferior San Francisco team to put up 42. Week 3 is much of the same as the Bills put up 45.

More surprising could be the fact that Cincinnati’s offense is assumed to put up 42 points in their Week 3 matchup. This could be the first week with A.J. Green so maybe they used his assumed return to bolster Cincinnati’s projections.

Sadly, Cincinnati’s simulation had them allowing 40-plus points in three games. If I was a betting man, I’d assume that’s a league-high, obviously showcasing an inept Cincinnati defense.

The Bengals, at the end of the season, would have just three wins. What may sting even more for the dedicated fanbase is that the team is simulated to lose all six AFC North games. Yes, they’d lose two games to the Steelers, Ravens and Browns each.

That’d be torture for Cincinnati.

Following the team’s worst season in almost two decades, the Bengals would be given the No. 1 overall pick. What they do with that pick could determine the long-term future of their franchise.

Do they take Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa? That said, let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point.