Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds Preview
The Cincinnati Bengals built on a surprise playoff berth in 2011 with another trip to the playoffs in 2012, making it clear that this team wasn’t a one-year fluke. With the core firmly in place, this year’s Bengals team should make another run at an AFC North title.
While many were expecting the Bengals to regress last year, Cincinnati hung tight in the AFC North with a 10-6 SU and 9-6-1 ATS record to earn a wild card playoff berth for the second year in a row. After being forced to go on the road to face the Houston Texans and losing to them two years in a row, the Bengals should be motivated to win the AFC North title and earn home field in the first round this year.
Cut of the same grain as the division rival Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cincinnati Bengals have had success as a defensive-minded team. The Bengals finished sixth in the league in total yardage against, allowing just 319.7 yards per game. Things should be no different in 2013 as the Bengals’ stingy defense returns mostly intact.
Cincinnati’s defense makes the Bengals a playoff contender, but in order to be a Super Bowl contender, the offense needs to take the next step. Andy Dalton had another strong year, passing for 3,669 yards and 27 touchdowns with 16 interceptions with plenty of action going to his favorite target, star wideout A.J. Green, who had 97 catches for 1350 yards and 11 touchdowns. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 1094 yards and six touchdowns.
New offensive weapons were acquired with the first two picks in the draft in TE Tyler Eifert and RB Giovani Bernard, who should both be able to step right in and complement the offense. With the addition of these two pieces and another step forward for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, there shouldn’t be anything stopping the Bengals from being right in the thick of things for the AFC North, especially if age finally catches up to the Ravens and Steelers.
AFC North Odds at Bovada as of July 26
Baltimore Ravens +190
Pittsburgh Steelers +190
Cincinnati Bengals +200
Cleveland Browns +700