Gambler, or not, the Bengals could be a good bet according to one Bengals writer. Vegas has the Bengals winning 9.5 games this season.
The Bengals have been the outsiders from normal Vegas odds the last few years, and have beat the “wise guys” for 3 consecutive years now.
As Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer suggests, the Bengals would be “easy money.”
Here’s how the Bengals regular plays out:
Take the games played in the Jungle alone: Broncos, Dolphins, Browns, Bills, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens. Is it inconceivable that the Bengals go 7-0 there? 6-1? 5-2 at worst? The division games are always tough, but home field advantage definitely helps in those. The Bills are the Bills and there is almost no idea what the Eagles will look like the last 5 games of the season, but I’d bet there will be a big cry for Carson Wentz.
The Broncos defense is still stellar, but their off-season leaves a lot to be desired on the offensive side of the ball. The Dolphins are such a wildcard and don’t know what the 2016 will be for them. The Redskins are considered a home game, but keep in mind that is the London game. Does Kirk Cousins put fear in these Bengals? I don’t think so.
Now let’s take a look at the road schedule: Jets, Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Ravens, Browns, Texans. Can the Bengals go AT LEAST .500 on the road this season? Absolutely! A.J. Green loves playing at M&T Bank Stadium and always has a field day. The Jets are a mess. The Cowboys care more about their environment than the products on the field. It’s not implausible the Bengals win 5, 6, or even 7 games on the road this season either.
So there you have it. The Bengals could very well go 11-5 and win the division for the second straight season. The window of opportunity is slowly closing, and this team knows it. They will take care of business in 2016.