Vegas does not believe in the Bengals

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton /
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The Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl odds in 2018 are one of the worst among NFL teams in 2018 according to Vegas.

The Cincinnati Bengals odds of traveling to Atlanta for the Super Bowl in 2018 is extremely low according to Bovada Vegas odds. If that wasn’t disappointing enough, the Bengals dropped from being 66/1 to 90/1 post new league year including free agency. Not only does it have the Bengals ranking second to last in chances to making it to the big game, but the Cleveland Browns have higher chances of making it there with 66/1 odds.

Not only do I not believe that there is only one worse team than the Bengals in this league, which I think there are quite a few teams worse off, but Cincinnati dropped when the new league year started and after the moves they’ve made. If anything I feel that the team has improved with the additions and guys brought back going into 2018. This is without the draft, the Bengals are a better team right now than they ended with in week 17.

The trade for left tackle Cordy Glenn is a huge improvement over Cedric Ogbuehi and all they had to do was move back nine spots in the first round to get him. Then you bring in linebacker Preston Brown who led the NFL in tackles just a season ago. In fact, he’s had more than 100 combined tackles in each of his four years in the league. Starting off with a healthy tight end Tyler Eifert, hoping and praying that he stays healthy, but nonetheless healthy to begin with.

Not only did the Bengals bring in some improvements in areas that were desperately needed but they haven’t lost anything significant. Cornerback Adam Jones and center Russell Bodine are not “big losses” if even losses at all. Jones used to be a solid corner but the team wasn’t going to pay top cornerback money for a backup. Bodine may have started every game for the Bengals since being drafted but that doesn’t make him a good center.

What happened that made the Bengals move downward when all we have seen is good moves made by the staff? Could it be retaining head coach Marvin Lewis? I don’t agree with keeping him after how the team has struggled to not win a playoff game in 15 years but I’m optimistic that he’s willing to try new things to make a change. And he has if you’ve read the rest of this article.

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Is it linebacker Vontaze Burfict missing the first four games of the season? I have faith that Brown will help cover that hole in the defense for that short period of time. Lewis knew about the suspension back in December and says that he is not worried about it at this point. I fail to see what makes this team worse off than before all of these moves they’ve made. Barring some crazy things happening I don’t see the Browns having better odds at making the Super Bowl than the Bengals either. Not this year at least.

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