After failing yet again to win a postseason contest under quarterback Andy Dalton and head coach Marvin Lewis the Cincinnati Bengals (11-5 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 10-5-1 O/U) will enter the 2014 regular season with one goal in mind – getting their first postseason win under Dalton, who just got a brand new deal this week.
This expert look at Cincy’s chances of cashing in on their Super Bowl 49 Futures Odds, their division prospects and Week 1 regular season opener will help you in your efforts to cash in on this team all season long.
Betting On the Cincinnati Bengals To Win the 2015 Super Bowl
- Cincinnati Bengals NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 are +3500
I don’t know why his detractors keep ripping him a ‘new one’ but I like Andy Dalton a lot and fully believe he will lead the Bengals to new heights before his new, six-year, $115 million dollar deal is done with.
“This is unbelievable. I’m just very thankful for the Bengals organization and for my teammates to help me here where I am,” Dalton said on Monday. “I’m excited about the future and that I’ll be here for a long time.
“It means a lot,” Dalton said of the support he’s received from the club since the loss to the Chargers. “To hear it is one thing. Now it’s officially done. I know I’m going to be here for a long time.”
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 4, 2014
Dalton is one of just four quarterbacks in league history to make the postseason in each of his first three seasons in the league.
“I expect to go out and play well. That’s the biggest thing. I don’t think there is any more pressure,” Dalton said. “The biggest thing hanging over me is I haven’t won a playoff game. That’s what we’re striving to do. Not win just one, but win it all. Until that happens, people will always say, ‘he hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that.’ I have to go out and accomplish that.”
I think the Bengals are a solid team to bet on as far as their 2015 Super Bowl Futures Odds as they were one of just five AFC teams to record double-digit wins last season.
Not only that, but the Bengals have shown they are likely going to be consistent title contenders for years as they’ve reached the postseason in each of the last three seasons while posting a solid 30-18 SU mark over the span.
Simply put…I believe it’s only a matter of time before the Bengals win a postseason game – if not two or three for that matter.
My Pick: Place a wager on Cincy to win it all!
Betting On the Cincinnati Bengals to Win the AFC North
- Cincinnati Bengals +185
- Pittsburgh Steelers +225
- Baltimore Ravens +240
- Cleveland Browns +600
Analysis: If you haven’t read the sportbet.com original Ravens and Steelers previews on their upcoming seasons, then you should know that I believe that all three teams are more than capable of winning the AFC North in 2014.
Over the last decade, the Bengals have won the AFC North twice with Pittsburgh winning it four times and Baltimore three times. While I personally, I like the Bengals to finish first, but they’re certainly no lock even if they are favorites with Baltimore and Pittsburgh doing what I believe are respectable jobs of addressing their offseason needs.
The Bengals went 3-3 SU and ATS against their division rivals last season and are a dead-even 5-5 SU and ATS over their last 10 division matchups. Whether you like them to actually get the division win or not, the Bengals are definitely worth a bet to win the AFC North.
My Projected Order of Finish: Cincinnati , Baltimore , Pittsburgh , Cleveland
Betting On the Cincinnati Bengals to Win In Week One
- Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens -2.5
- Over/Under 43
Analysis: I may like the Bengals to win the AFC North again in 2014, but I don’t like them to get the road win in their regular season opener against their AFC North division rivals.
Cincinnati hasn’t fared well when they travel to B-More, having gone 1-4 SU and 2-2-1 ATS over their last five road dates against the Ravens. Cincinnati is also just 4-6 SU and a discouraging 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 road games overall.
NEWS: Cleared to return to practice: -WR Marvin Jones -TE Jermaine Gresham -DT Zach Minter -WR Ryan Whalen -OT Andrew Whitworth
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 4, 2014
With four of Cincinnati ‘s last six road games being decided by three points or less, I say, keep it simple and play the Ravens to win and narrowly cover the spread in a game that looks like a hard-fought classic field goal game waiting to happen.
My Pick: Baltimore Ravens -2.5 Points
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Tips
- The Bengals have racked up an absolutely incendiary 9-1 SU and ATS mark in their last 10 home games, so look for them to cash in early and often at home in 2014.
- Cincinnati is also a solid team to back when they’re favored, no matter the spread. The Bengals are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
- The Bengals are 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against AFC South teams as they get set to face that division in 2014. Cincinnati could have trouble when they face their four NFC South opponents this season with the team going 4-6 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games against that division.
- I like the Bengals to throttle Tennessee , Jacksonville , Cleveland (once) and Houston while getting involved in a lot of hard-fought battles against teams like Baltimore , Carolina , Baltimore and Pittsburgh .
- The Bengals added veteran quarterback Jason Campbell and linebacker James Harrison, though it remains to be seen how much each will contribute in 2014.