NFL Picks: Cincinnati Bengals NFL Futures Betting

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 6:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 6:55 PM UTC

The Bengals look to be one of the most improved teams of the offseason, but will it be enough to take down both the Steelers and the defending champion Ravens?


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Cincinnati Bengals future odds update

Let’s take a look at the Bengals’ future odds for both the AFC and the Super Bowl, and decide whether or not they have any value as we sit here this spring. 

Super Bowl (+4000)

In a shallow AFC this season, the Bengals will try and compete with the haves and the have not’s of the conference. A Super Bowl crown in Cincinnati might be a bit farfetched at this point, but their odds to win the Super Bowl do say that they might be a bit undervalued headed into the season. The Bengals will almost certainly still make the playoffs in a wildcard spot, and who knows, maybe they might be a good bet to actually beat out Pittsburgh and Baltimore to win the division. They brought in some solid players and drafted well, but the Bengals don’t quite sell me just yet for my big NFL picks. There is one thing that is sticking out for this team that is not making a whole lot of since.

AFC (+1600)

At Bet365, the Bengals are +1600 to win the AFC, and that screams being overvalued to me. I love what they’re doing in Cincinnati, but I still don’t think they have what it takes to win the AFC, and that price seems definitely high. The Colts, Chargers and Chiefs are all lesser favorites to win the AFC, and none of those teams have to play the Steelers and Ravens four out of their 16 games, plus maybe in the postseason as well. All I’m saying is the Baby Bengals are still exactly that. Sure they could have a 10-6 regular season, but when push comes to shove and they match up with a Houston or someone even better in the first round of the playoffs, do you really think they have a shot at getting to the Super Bowl? I’m selling the Bengals’ AFC odds; they should not be anywhere south of 20/1 to win the conference.

Also check out our AFC East Division preview. 

My Take 

For all it’s worth, there is still going to be value in the Bengals. The AFC is down and I can see them being a solid covering machine when the season rolls around. They were undervalued last season and went on to finish the season at 9-6-1 ATS. This is where we will find value in the Bengals. Early NFL odds have them as +4 underdogs on the road against the Bears, and I can bet that line will drop before the season starts.

The Bengals are an up and coming team in the NFL, but they are still the young cub of the AFC North, waiting for the older alpha males to die off of old age and injury. But I do believe they will have value game to game, and cash some nice tickets for NFL bettors once the pre and regular season comes around.

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