Bengals 2008 Gambling Preview July 23rd, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Futures Feature – 2008 Cincinnati Bengals Wagering Outlook
The Bengals, who went 4-4 AT against the spread, (ATS) at home and 3-5 ATS on the road, have an elite quarterback in Carson Palmer, but needs to get the entire offense on the same page with head case Chad Johnson not happy, T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the final year of his contract and third wideout Chris Henry cut from the team after another off-field legal problem.
If running back Rudi Johnson can get back to being a 1,000-yard rusher after getting just 497 yards on 170 carries, (2.9 yard average) while the team continues to work in the younger Kenny Watson, Palmer and the Bengals could exceed expectations on offense, although the team will need at least one of of their young wide receivers, likely second round pick Jerome Sampson, to step forward and give the Bengals and viable third option through the air.
Defensively, the Bengals, (3-5 O/U home, 4-4 O/U road) have a new coordinator in Mike Zimmer and he will bring a more aggressive approach to Cincinnati than they’ve had the last few seasons.
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The Bengals had an almost non-existent pass rush a year ago but went out and signed free agent Antwan Odom to play along side its best defensive lineman, Robert Geathers but will need starters, Domata Peko and John Thornton to step up the level of their respective play.
Cincinnati used its first round draft pick to nab athletic linebacker Keith Rivers who will start eventually next to middle linebacker Ahmad Brooks and linebacker Rashad Jeanty.
The Bengals had big problems with its secondary last season and will need immediate improvement from second year defensive backs Marvin White and Chinedum Ndukwe with veteran Madieu Williams no longer around. Dexter Jackson is still a big hitter and the engals will be better this season on both corners with an improved Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall out on the islands.
Bengals’ place kicker Shayne Graham banged in 31 of 34 field goal attempts, but the team was mediocre at best with both of its return units, finishing last in punt return.
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2008 NFL Draft Picks
Round 1 (9): Keith Rivers, OLB, USC
Round 2 (46): Jerome Simpson, WR, Coastal Carolina
Round 3 (77): Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
Round 3 (97)*: Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida
Round 4 (112): Anthony Collins, T, Kansas
Round 5 (145): Jason Shirley, DT, Fresno State
Round 6 (177): Corey Lynch, S, Appalachian State
Round 6 (207): Matthew Sherry, TE, Villanova
Round 7 (244): Angelo Craig, OLB, Cincinnati
Round 7 (246): Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville
2007 NFL Statistics
347.9 total yards per game: Rank 10
250.7 passing yards per game: Rank
97.2 rushing yards per game: Rank 24
23.8 points scored per game: Rank 11
438.7 total yards allowed per game: Rank 27
230.4 passing yards allowed per game: Rank 26
118.3 rushing yards per game allowed: Rank 21
24.1 points allowed per game: Rank 24
2008 NFL Odds
+450 to win AFC North
+3000 to win AFC Championship
+5000 to win Super Bowl XLIII
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