The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a season where they went 4-11-1 and while optimism is a little higher with Joe Burrow returning and having a better offense, this isn’t a team that can realistically contend for a Super Bowl.
The odds reflect that too for the Bengals, as they have the second-highest odds to win the Super Bowl this season, according to WynnBet. As of now, the Bengals are +10000 odds to win the Super Bowl, tying them with the Jaguars and Jets. The only teams with worse odds than these three teams are the Lions and Texans, both at +15000 odds.
The Bengals are a unique team entering the 2021 season because on the one hand, they did get better this offseason. They spent a lot of money in free agency bringing key players in like Trey Hendrickson, Larry Ogunjobi, Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Riley Reiff, and all of these guys are hopefully going to play a major role in the season ahead.
On the other hand, however, the Bengals have won six games during Zac Taylor’s head coaching tenure. They’re in a brutal division that consists of three playoff teams from a season ago and the Browns and Ravens only got better over the offseason, making the Bengals’ task of competing in the AFC North even tougher.
With all of that said, it’s not stunning in the least bit to see the Bengals with such high odds to win the Super Bowl.
The Cincinnati Bengals have the second-worst Super Bowl odds.
When looking at the teams with the lowest odds, it makes perfect sense. The Chiefs lead the pack with +500 odds, the Buccaneers are in second with +700 odds, and the Bills and Rams both have +1200 odds. These teams have all been competitive in recent years and no one would be surprised to see any of them win it all in February.
Don’t tell the Bengals that they aren’t Super Bowl contenders, though. Tight end C.J. Uzomah spoke to the media on Monday and asked, “Why not us?” when discussing that very topic. He said if players don’t think this team can win it all, then they shouldn’t be in the locker room.
The Bengals might believe they can win a title, but fans are a little more skeptical. Going from four wins to a Super Bowl title is extreme and considering how tough the AFC North is, it’ll be a tall task to secure a winning record, let alone a Super Bowl title.