Ohio sports bettors will have to hope for a Bengals postseason run in order to bet them legally this coming season, unless you drive across the border to a state with online sports betting. Ohio sports betting apps will not launch until Jan. 1, 2023. But how do oddsmakers size up Bengals futures this coming season after a longshot Super Bowl run?
Below, we’ll look at Super Bowl LVII futures, the AFC North race, and more.
Cincinnati Bengals Futures Odds
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Back-To-Back Big Games?
Currently, the Bengals are to win Super Bowl 52, not quite a longshot but buried considerably under multiple AFC teams. Last season, the Bengals won 10 games and caught fire at the right time, with multiple battles bouncing their way and ending on the last play of the game.
To say the Bengals won’t be in contention for the AFC berth and the Big Game would be ignorant. Their biggest issue and ultimate undoing last season was a porous offensive line that allowed record-amounts of sacks in the postseason. This offseason, they spent $10 million in guaranteed money for the coming year on tackle La’el Collins and center Ted Karras to sure up that line. They also spent a fourth-round pick on North Dakota State tackle Cordell Volson.
According to odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, the implied probability for AFC teams to win the conference is:
- Buffalo Bills, 25%
- Kansas City Chiefs, 14.3%
- Los Angeles Chargers, 11.8%
- Denver Broncos, 10.5%
- Cleveland Browns, 9.1%
- Cincinnati Bengals, 8.3%
- Baltimore Ravens, 7.7%
- Indianapolis Colts, 7.7%
AFC North futures outlook
The AFC North is expected to be a gauntlet again. Oddsmakers see it as a near toss-up between the top three teams: Bengals, Browns, and Ravens. Despite the Steelers being projected for a rebuild this season, it’s worth noting Mike Tomlin has never won fewer than eight games in his tenure with the team (since 2007).
The Bengals are to win the AFC North. These odds could be well in flux depending on how the NFL disciplines Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for his sexual misconduct allegations. The Browns are the only team not to win the division in the past three seasons, with the Bengals being the reigning AFC North champions.
According to DraftKings’ AFC North odds, the Bengals have a 33.3% implied probability to win the division. That’s topped by the Browns’ 34.5% and just ahead of the Ravens’ 32.3%.
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Cincinnati Bengals 2022 Win Totals
The Bengals are projected for wins in 2022. That figure is second among AFC North teams (note: the Browns are OTB) and sixth in the AFC as a whole. Their schedule is a first-place one after winning the division in 2021, including stops in Dallas and Tampa Bay. Their schedule overall is hard and– based on last year’s win percent– is third in the NFL.
After their bye week (Week 10), they finish out the year at Pittsburgh, at Tennessee, vs. Kansas City, vs. Cleveland, at Tampa Bay, at New England, vs. Buffalo, and vs. Baltimore. At the very least, the Bengals will be tested this season.
- 2022 win totals for all 32 NFL teams.
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Joe Cool MVP?
After his heroic postseason, Joe Burrow isn’t far from the NFL MVP conversation. Currently, he is to take home his first MVP, which would add him to an exclusive list of nine players to win both an NFL MVP and a Heisman Trophy (latest: Lamar Jackson, 2019).
A key metric for Burrow’s MVP campaign is the Bengals’ rush rate. Last year, they were 20th on the season in run plays called (40.5%), but that number fell dramatically during the postseason (34.0%– fourth-least in the league). While teammate Joe Mixon is one of the premiere backs in the league, it’s clear the offensive gameplan was to air the ball out to keep up with offenses like Kansas City and Las Vegas.
It helps to have a running mate like Ja’Marr Chase alongside him, who led rookies in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2021. He was also second in the league in yards per reception (18.0, behind Deebo Samuel).
Best of luck handicapping and betting Bengals futures.