Against all odds: Cincinnati Bengals betting preview

Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals had a disastrous 2019 season. As they look for a rebound in 2020, the odds are stacked high against them.

Coming off a 2-14 season, the Cincinnati Bengals knew they had much to improve upon. After a frenzy of free agency, and a solid draft class, many Bengals’ fans see the potential in this team. Team support and belief is at an all-time high heading into 2020, but not everyone believes the hype.

According to Oddschecker, the Bengals are +3.5 point underdogs in their home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. They also have the Bengals at +155 to win the game. To win the AFC North, an uphill battle, the Bengals are placed at +3000 odds, making them the longest odds in the division. The Bengals are the fifteenth favorite to win the AFC, coming in at +4000 odds, only behind the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Joe Burrow has the best odds to win something this season. Action Network has him as the favorite, sitting at +250, to win Offensive Rookie of the year. However, he’s an extreme longshot to win the Most Valuable Player at 100-1 odds.

Akeem Davis-Gaither gets in on the mix as well. Action Network has him as the favorite on the Bengals to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year but puts him at +2500 to win the award overall.

The Bengals’ odds come as no surprise

Overall, it is no surprise that the Bengals are far from the favorites in any category. The team minimally improved over 16 games last season. However, their free-agent acquisitions and highly graded draft class should push them into a higher tier than suggested.

As the Cincinnati Bengals head into the final weeks before the season, they have a lot to prove. Hopefully, they can bounce back from the injuries that have plagued the early half of training camp and can show that the hype is certainly real.

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