Many thought the Bengals would be a surprise playoff team to start the year, but they failed to get to a .500 record.
AFC NORTH DIVISION WINNERS: +750 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +3500 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +9000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 5 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ Indianapolis (-1) Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 2 vs. Baltimore (PK) Week 10 vs. New Orleans (+3)
Week 3 @ Carolina (-6) Week 11 @ Baltimore (+6)
Week 4 @ Atlanta (+7) Week 12 vs. Cleveland ( -5)
Week 5 vs. Miami ( -2.5) Week 13 vs. Denver (+1)
Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh (-4) Week 14 @ Los Angeles (Chargers) (+7.5)
Week 7 @ Kansas City (+4.5) Week 15 vs. Oakland (+1.5)
Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay (-1.5) Week 16 @ Cleveland (+1)
Week 17 @ Pittsburgh (N/A)
Tough tests in the Chargers, Saints, Falcons, Panthers, and Chiefs, not to mention a much improved North division.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Matt Barkley, T Cordy Glenn, DT Chris Baker, and LB Preston Brown
Subtractions – QB A.J. McCarron, RB Jeremy Hill, T Andre Smith, LB Kevin Minter, and CB Adam Jones
Draft – C Billy Price, S Jessie Bates III, DE Sam Hubbard, LB Malik Jeggerson, RB Mark Walton, DB Davontae Harris, DT Andrew Brown, CB Darius Phillips, QB Logan Woodside, T Rod Taylor, and WR Auden Tate
Andy Dalton is nothing more than average. He is a great game manager but outside of that, he isn’t a game changer. He will have some healthy weapons this season which will help improve the offense.
Joe Mixon looked like the real deal after he was given the head back spot. He can run and catch out of the backfield. Giovani Bernard should get the short yardage plays.
A.J. Green finished right at his career norm in yards and touchdowns, there is no reason to think he can’t continue that again. John Ross was highly touted hasn’t been healthy since he came into the league. His ability to stretch the field could be huge for the Bengals. Tyler Eifert is a great tightend but he can’t stay healthy.
Billy Price should come in and start at the center spot right away which could be a huge bonus. The trade to bring Cordy Glenn in should help but outside of those two, this line is pretty bad. It could be a tough year for the QB and RB’s.
This young defense starts with a strong d-line. Carlos Dunlap is one of the better defensive ends while Michael Johnson on the other side is a quick player. Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings are run stopping tackles and should continue to be a force. Rookie Sam Hubbard and veteran Chris Baker should rotate in and give this team a jolt.
Carl Lawson was on the All Rookie team last season. Paired with Preston Brown, the NFL’s leading tackler last season, and Vontaze Burfict, this is an intimidating core. Nick Vigil and Vicent Rey should also help keep this team’s legs fresh. Rookie Malik Jefferson could also see some reps in this rotation.
This secondary gave up 6.5 yards per attempt for third best in the league. A young unit lead by William Jackson, who was one of the best corners in the league last year. Jessie Bates pushed his way into the staring safety spot alongside Shawn William. Dre Kirkpatrick is a reliable player on the other corner spot.
Randy Bullock is just an average kicker. Alex Erkickson returns both punts and kicks quite well while Kevin Huber is one of the better punters in the league.
The Bengals are nothing special but they play good enough defense and have enough weapons that they can compete in any game. The Bengals may want to start thinking about the replacement for Dalton.
There isn’t a ton to like here. The division is much better than last year, they face some tough out of conference teams. The Bengals are going under and will be looking for a new QB in the draft.
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