The AFC North is considered the toughest division in the
The AFC North averaged at least one wildcard playoff spot since 2005 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of just two teams to win multiple Super Bowl titles in that span.
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What Are The AFC North Standings Today
These are the current AFC North standings and once again there figures to be a dogfight for the division title, with the Bengals, Steelers and Ravens all in the running.
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In the past four years, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore have all captured the division. The Bengals were AFC North champs in 2015 and 2013, the Steelers in 2014 and the Ravens in 2012, as well as in 2011.
Bovada sees the Steelers with owning the best shot to take it all in 2016 at +130. They list the Bengals at +175 and the Ravens at +275.
Only the Cleveland Browns (+2000) are considered to have little to no chance at the title. TopBet likes the Steelers even more at +105, followed by the Bengals (+190), Ravens (+275) and Browns (+1800).
On the eve of the 2016 season, NFL.com cited the AFC North as the league’s strongest division, pointing out that five of the 12 available AFC playoff positions up for grabs in the previous two years went to AFC North teams.
With the Baltimore Ravens expected to rebound following an injury-plagued 2015 campaign, combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, there are three teams housed within the AFC North that can not only be considered contenders to win the division, but could also be viewed as serious Super Bowl hopefuls.
It’s the playoffs that have proven to be the downfall of the AFC North in recent years. The Steelers haven’t gone deep in the postseason since going to the 2010 Super Bowl.
The Bengals have made the playoffs five years in a row but haven’t won a game in the postseason since 1990. Only the Ravens, who won Super Bowl XVIII, have enjoyed recent postseason success among AFC North teams.
The AFC North may be the toughest division in the NFL. It could be the best division in the league right now. But historically, if it weren’t for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC North might be considered the worst division in al of the NFL.
The Steelers have won a record six Super Bowls and account for 80 per cent of all the Super Bowls won by AFC North teams and 60 per cent of all appearances made in the Super Bowl by teams from the AFC North.
The Baltimore Ravens have won both of their Super Bowl appearances, one of them coming at the expense of the San Francisco 49ers, while the Cincinnati Bengals have lost both of their Super Bowl games, each time to the 49ers. The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first trip to the Super Bowl game.
It took the teams of the AFC North a long time to make their mark in the Super Bowl era. It wasn’t until the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX that the division produced both its first Super Bowl participant and champion.
The Steelers carried the ball for the division for several years, winning three more Super Bowls by Super Bowl XIV.
The Cincinnati Bengals made their first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XVI and the Baltimore Ravens first reached the big game in Super Bowl XXXV. Lately, the drought has resumed for AFC North teams. They’ve appeared in just one of the past five Super Bowls, Baltimore’s win in Super Bowl XLVII.
Regardless, the sportsbooks like the AFC North’s chance of producing a Super Bowl participant in Super Bowl LI. TopBet has the Steelers as the second choice to represent the AFC in the big game at +550, and the Bengals are fifth choice at +750.
The Ravens are a surprising longshot eighth choice at +1600, while at +10000, the Cleveland Browns are the longshot shot of any NFL team to appear in the Super Bowl.