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The Bengals have been behind the pack in the AFC North for several seasons, but there’s hope for the future. Joe Burrow, the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is among the solid building blocks as the team works its way back towards relevancy.
There’s a good chance we’ll see an even further spike in Bengals interest moving forward.
Legal sports betting will be absolutely massive in Ohio. Fans can bet on Bengals games at sportsbooks, bars, in the stadium, and even from the comforts of home. Online sportsbooks make it possible, and we’ll cover what you need to know below.
That includes how you can bet on the Bengals, the best odds for this week’s Bengals game, current Bengals Super Bowl odds and more, plus some real-time betting insights that you can use to your advantage.
Legal Ohio sportsbooks will have live odds for all Bengals games, various team and player prop bets, and longer-term bets like the team’s odds to win the next Super Bowl. Just click on any of the Bengals odds below to go right to the sportsbook, grab the bonus offer and get your Bengals bets locked in.
The news cycle surrounding the Bengals and the rest of the NFL moves fast. There are also lots of different trends to consider as you get set to bet on NFL games each week. We’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the Bengals’ next game and upcoming schedule, along with betting insights and the news you can use.
The concept of the moneyline bet is simple: just pick which side you think will win. It’s one of the featured NFL wager types at online sportsbooks in Ohio, along with the spread and total. A moneyline listing will look something like this at Caesars Ohio online sportsbook:
There are odds next to the two team names: negative for favorites and positive for the underdog. The span in between the numbers indicates how close of a matchup oddsmakers are expecting. For a general rule, odds of -200 or greater indicate a strong favorite.
Once the odds come out, the betting public gets its chance to weigh in. As kickoff approaches, there could be some new news that emerges. In both cases, the odds can adjust in response to what’s happening.
You can always compare NFL odds at the top sportsbooks to make sure that you’re getting your bets in at the best possible number. Small ticks of difference might not seem like much, but they have a direct relation to how much you can expect back for winners.
You can project out potential profits as long as you know the odds. For a simple shortcut, negative odds tell you how much to bet to win back $100, such as $180 at -180. Meanwhile, positive odds are how much you’ll get back for a winning $100 bet: $150 at odds of +150.
Moneyline betting on heavy favorites all of the time isn’t a recipe for long-term success. Underdogs will provide the best returns, but you also don’t want to force it. For moneyline bets, you want to have a firm grasp of the overall value based on your risk-reward comfort level.
Oddsmakers install a point spread on each NFL game. Bettors then get to decide if they want the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the spread. For spread bet listings, you’ll see the number set by the book along with the payout odds associated with the bet.
In this example, the Bengals are favored by 2.5 points, which means they’ll have to win by a field goal or more to cover the spread. The underdog Jaguars can cover by keeping the margin to two points or less, or by pulling off the upset and winning the game outright.
The vast majority of sportsbooks use -110 as a starting point for odds on spread bets. You’d have to wager $110 to win back $100, while a straight hundred dollar wager has the potential for a return of $90.90 if everything breaks your way.
Both the spread and the odds can move in response to betting volume and other developments. For example, the spread for this game could rise to three points or drop down to two. Meanwhile, the odds could be split at -115/-105 on the two sides.
Line shopping helps you uncover the most favorable sports odds for the week, so be sure to take the time to compare prices. It can be tough to win spread bets consistently. Each tick of difference in your favor can certainly add up.
For a general rule, matchups with a spread of a field goal or less project to be close, while those at a touchdown or more shape up to be more of a mismatch. As you gain experience with spreads, you’ll be able to spot potentially appealing opportunities much more easily.
The last of the big three bet types is totals, which is also often referred to as the Over/Under. It’s all about how many total combined points will be scored in the game between the two teams compared to the benchmark number set by oddsmakers.
An NFL game that’s projected to be lower-scoring would be set at 40 points or less, while the higher scoring contests will have numbers set at 50 or more. As in our example, many of the weekly games will fall in between the two ranges.
If you bet the Over at 48.5 points, you need 49 points or more to be scored for the bet to win. For those who take Under 48.5, the goal is 48 points or less. As with the spread, odds for totals bets generally start at -110 and adjust from there.
The total and odds can move just like other bets in response to betting action or news. For example, a sudden forecast shift to windy and stormy conditions could lead the total to fall, while the absence of some key defenders could lead to a rise.
As with other bet types, the line set by oddsmakers is basically a projection, albeit a solid one. For success with totals betting, you need to have a good understanding of the scoring capabilities of both sides as well as how they might perform on defense.
Some bettors prefer to get totals bets in soon after the initial release as their wagers will be more based on the perspective of the oddsmakers. When the numbers shift, other variables enter the equation like which side is attracting the most public money.
All three of the main pregame bets bring in a ton of betting action, but there’s much more to see for betting on the Bengals. If you click through on the standard game listing, you’ll see a wide range of team and player props.
For those who want to take a longer-term view of the season as a whole, you can do so via the futures market. These are wagers that are based on season-long outcomes. You’ll see odds come out in the offseason with the board staying active from there. Top options include:
Futures odds can vary, so this is another area where shopping around makes a ton of sense. FanDuel’s Ohio app may have the Bengals chances to win the AFC North at one price, while the DraftKings Ohio app has slightly better Bengals betting odds. If you don’t shop, you’ll never know.
Prop betting opportunities can also vary at different sportsbooks, but you’ll generally find a great selection at the top legal books. A prop can revolve around the teams or game as a whole. Player props are also incredibly popular. You’ll see options such as:
A prop bet is basically a way to get in some side action on a game. There will be a big assortment to choose from for your average contest. When it comes time for the Super Bowl, you can expect to see hundreds of different props available for the Big Game.
The Bengals are only scheduled for one primetime game this season, but it shapes up to be an interesting one. It’ll be a meeting of the last two top overall picks in the NFL Draft: 2020’s Joe Burrow leads the Bengals to take on 2021’s Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars.
Back in 2020, the Bengals played a pair of night games. In Week 2, they lost an entertaining Thursday Night road affair to the Cleveland Browns by a score of 35-30. Later in the season, they picked up a 10-point home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
In recent times, the Bengals haven’t exactly been built for primetime. There haven’t been a ton of appearances in night games, and the club hasn’t fared that well when it has been under the bright lights. Here’s a look at recent Bengals trends in evening games.
Zac Taylor has been in charge of the Bengals since 2019. While the team has had a rough couple of years under his watch, injuries and being in rebuild mode have certainly been a factor. Naturally, the hope is that he will prove to be the long-term solution. Here’s a look at some of the top members of the staff behind Taylor.
As legal sports betting continues to grow across the US, the NFL and its teams have been inking sponsorship deals with sportsbooks and other gambling-related companies. For example, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars have all been named official sports betting partners of the NFL.
While there have yet to be any official deals announced for the Bengals, it’s safe to assume that we’ll see something on this front down the road.
Barring a trade, the top overall pick in the NFL Draft goes to the club that finished with the worst record during the previous regular season. In the event of teams finishing with matching records, tiebreakers are used to settle the draft order.
That being the case, the Bengals would have to have another trying season to make it happen. If we look towards the NFL futures market, here’s what the Over/Under on the team’s regular season win total looks like at a few top sportsbooks.
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All three books are in line (pre-season) at 6.5 wins, but the public money has been flowing a little differently at each. At DraftKings, the negative odds for the Over point to more bettors leaning that way, while at FanDuel and BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio, more bettors are on the Under.
The NFL regular season has been expanded to 17 games, so oddsmakers peg the Bengals at six or seven wins. On the odds for the AFC title, the Bengals are in the back of the pack along with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, but ahead of the Houston Texans.
While it could be another sub-500 season in Cincinnati, additional progress also isn’t out of the question. As such, it seems unlikely that they’ll nab the top overall selection once again. If you’re rooting for the Bengals to improve, that’s not the worst news in the world.
The Bengals began play in 1968 as an expansion member of the AFL, a league which would merge with the NFL soon thereafter. Home games were played at Nippert Stadium in 1968-69, followed by a move to Riverfront Stadium for the 1970-1999 seasons. The club has been in its current home since the 2000 campaign. Here are the details.
Bengals games are easy to find on TV. Sunday afternoon NFL games are handled by CBS and FOX, both of which have affiliates in Ohio. For the primetime games, NBC takes care of Sunday Night Football with ESPN covering Monday Night Football.
Thursday Night Football can be found on a combination of FOX, NFLN, and Amazon. The NFL app provides streaming coverage of local and primetime games. In addition, the broadcast outlet handling the game also typically provides a feed on the web or app, but valid login credentials from a cable, satellite or streaming provider may be required.
The Bengals official radio partner is iHeart Media with WCKY-AM 1500 and WEBN 105.7 FM serving as the flagship stations. Dan Hoard handles the play-by-play with Dave Lapham on board for color commentary. The audio feed is also picked up by several affiliates across Ohio and the surrounding region.
Bengals fans have had their share of heartache through the years, but there have also been stretches in which the team provided plenty of thrills and excitement. We could be on the cusp of another such era in Cincinnati. While we patiently wait on that to come to fruition, here are a dozen facts and figures you need to know.
The Bengals joined the AFL as an expansion franchise in 1968. After two seasons there, the AFL and NFL merged. Cincinnati joined as members of the AFC Central and remained in that division until realignment in 2002. They have competed in the AFC North ever since.
According to the latest NFL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Bengals are currently worth $2 billion. That places them in last place on the list of 32 teams, just behind the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions at $2.1 billion. The Dallas Cowboys top the charts at $5.7 billion, followed by the New England Patriots at $4.4 billion.
The team’s last appearance in the Big Game took place after the 1988 season in Super Bowl XXIII. The Bengals had the lead heading into the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t seal the deal and ultimately lost by a score of 20-16. Cincinnati appeared in the Super Bowl one other time, a 26-21 loss to the 49ers following the 1981 season.
The Bengals have made it to the postseason a total of 14 times to date. The first appearance came in 1970 when they lost in the divisional round to the Baltimore Colts. The most recent appearance took place in 2015, losing in the wild card round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team’s postseason record is 5-14. Cincinnati has won nine division titles and a pair of AFC crowns.
The Bengals have racked up a regular season record of 12-4 three times, making it to the playoffs each time. Here’s a quick look back at the end result of all three seasons.
The Bengals have had a number of losing seasons through the years, but two stick out the most: 2002 and 2019. The club finished up with records of 2-14 both years. On the bright side, they managed to land franchise QBs at the NFL Draft after both trying seasons in Carson Palmer in ‘03 and Joe Burrow in ‘20.
The Bengals have officially retired just one number: 54 for offensive lineman Bob Johnson, who played for the team from 1968-79. The club also has started a ring of honor with the following members: Ken Anderson, Paul Brown, Anthony Munoz, and Ken Riley.
Only one player who spent the majority of his career in Cincinnati has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Offensive lineman Anthony Munoz was inducted in 1998 and spent 12 years with the team from 1980-92. Wide receivers Charlie Joiner and Terrell Owens, both of whom spent some time with the Bengals, are also in the hall.
It’s Marvin Lewis at the top of the charts. He had a lengthy tenure in charge of the team that lasted from 2003-18. Lewis coached 256 regular season games, going 131-122-3. The team won four AFC North titles and made it to the playoffs seven times under his watch, losing in their first game each time. Sam Wyche is second on the list with 121 regular season and five playoff games coached.
On a geographic basis, there’s a natural rivalry in place with the Cleveland Browns (find Browns betting odds here). Bengals games with the other two AFC North squads, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, are also typically on the intense side. On an overall basis since the turn of the century, the division has been one of the most competitive in the NFL.
The chant began in the 1980s with the full text going as follows: “Who dey, who dey, who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?” After that refrain bellows across the stadium, fans respond in unison with an emphatic “Nobody.” In recent times, the shortened version of ‘who dey’ continually echoes throughout the stadium. The phrase also serves as the name of the team mascot, appropriately a Bengal tiger.
Cincinnati has landed the top overall choice in the NFL Draft four times. There have been two hits and one miss while the jury is still in session for the most recent top selection. Here are the years that the Bengals had the honor along with who they selected.
Home seats for Bengals games can range from a low of $50 or less to hundreds or more for premium seats. Prices on the resale market can vary based on the opponent and how the team is playing. For a general ballpark guide, here’s what to expect.
If you’re interested in primo sideline seats between the 40-yard lines, then expect to spend $200-$300+ per ticket. Season tickets are also available in various packages. You can check out the Bengals team page for more details on ticketing info.
An ownership group led by Paul Brown was awarded an AFL expansion franchise in 1967 for a reported $7.5 million. The Bengals began play in 1968 and shifted over to the NFL after the merger between the two leagues was finalized. Ownership of the team remains in the hands of the Brown family. Mike Brown holds down the title of owner and president. Current estimates from Forbes peg the value of the team at $2.0 billion.
Two of the top moments in franchise history are undoubtedly the Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s. The Bengals made it to the Big Game twice in eight seasons, losing both times to the San Francisco 49ers. Here’s how those games shook out from a betting perspective.
While those two memorable games certainly stand out, the signature moment of the franchise is arguably how they made it to the Super Bowl in 1982. Just to get there, the team had to survive what has come to be known as the ‘Freezer Bowl.’ The temperature was -9 fahrenheit, but it felt like -59 with the wind chill. The Bengals defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-7 in front of 46,302 fans at Riverfront Stadium.