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Can Bengals Finally End The Constant Heartbreak?

It’s hard to look at the Cincinnati Bengals and see anything other than chokers. It may not be 100 percent accurate, but there are not many words for a team that has lost in the first round of the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

However, the Bengals should be their usual dominant selves during the regular season. Andy Dalton had the best season of his career in 2015, A.J. Green is one of the top receiving threats in the game and the second-best scoring defense in the NFL last season remains largely intact.

Super Bowl +2000

The Bengals have one of the longest Super Bowl droughts in the NFL, as the team has not played for the Lombardi Trophy since 1988. Members of that team included Boomer Esiason and Ickey Woods.

Cincy enters the season at +2000 to win Super Bowl 51, which promptly puts them in the middle of the pack. If the team wants to emerge and become legitimate threats to hoist the Lombardi Trophy they will need to find ways to win close games late in the season. The Bengals were 0-4 in games decided by one touchdown or less from Week 10 onward last season – including their playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

AFC Championship +900

Cincinnati has a respectable +900 line to win the AFC championship this upcoming season – which only has them behind New England, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. The Bengals had one of their best seasons within the AFC last year, as they went 9-3 against the AFC while sporting an average scoring margin of +8.8 in those games.

AFC North +180

The AFC North looks like a two-team race between the Bengals and the Steelers. Cincy has won the division in two of the past three seasons, but teams have only repeated in the AFC North twice since 2002. The Bengals went 5-1 within the division last season with the lone loss coming against the Steelers – though Dalton was injured and replaced with A.J. McCarron in that one.

OVER/UNDER Win Total – 9.5

To be perfectly frank, this number seems sort of low – if history means anything at all. The Bengals have won 10-plus games in each of their past four seasons – which includes a 12-4 record in 2015. Pair that with the fact that Cincy has the fourth-easiest schedule this season – according to their strength of schedule.

A.J. Green To Lead NFL In Receiving +1800

A.J. Green is one of the most consistently great receivers in the NFL. Green has averaged 1234 receiving yards per season and has never recorded less than 1000 yards through the air. Those are Hall of Fame type numbers if they can be kept up, but him making the leap past the likes of Antonio Brown and Julio Jones is unlikely. Even if Green duplicated his best statistical year – 1426 yards – he would have been just sixth in the NFL last season. Basically, you may find yourself better bang for your buck.

2016 Cincinnati Bengals Futures Odds
Super Bowl+2800
AFC Championship+1400
AFC North+220
Win Total9.5

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada