Bengals’ odds to represent AFC in Super Bowl LVII are downright disrespectful

Leigh Oleszczak
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After shocking the world and making it to Super Bowl LVI, one would think that the Cincinnati Bengals would have terrific odds to make it back to the big game once again. According to WynnBET, however, that’s not the case.

WynnBET has the Bengals’ odds to win the AFC and make it to the Super Bowl at +950. While the odds themselves might not look bad, it’s worse when you take into consideration that Cincinnati has the seventh-best odds to win the AFC Championship.

The teams above the Bengals in this department are the Bills (+375), Chiefs (+525), Browns (+725), Broncos (+750), Chargers (+750), and Colts (+850). I get seeing the Bills and Chiefs ahead of Cincinnati considering they’ve been consistently good but the Browns? The Broncos? The Colts? 

Yes, the Browns added Deshaun Watson, the Broncos traded for Russell Wilson, and the Colts added Matt Ryan, but the Bengals are a proven team with most of their core unit remaining intact. These three teams will have to establish new chemistry and that’s easier said than done.

Bengals flat-out disrespected in AFC Championship odds

Cincinnati has had one of the better free-agent sessions so far, addressing their biggest need dating back to last offseason. They signed three free-agent offensive linemen to help protect Joe Burrow and with the proper protection last season, the stripes probably win their first Super Bowl.

Now that they have the guys up front to protect their franchise quarterback, there’s no reason why the Bengals can’t get back to the Super Bowl. The AFC is more difficult now, no doubt, but the Bengals are one of the best teams in the conference and should be right back in the mix again.

As for the rest of the division, the Ravens have +1100 odds to win the AFC (one spot behind Cincinnati) and the Steelers have +3000 odds, giving them the fourth-worst odds in the conference.

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It looks to be a close race but people shouldn’t be counting out the stripes. Look what happened last year when people did just that.