Bengals 2008 Betting Prediction June 10th , 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Pro Football Futures Betting – Are the Bengals Tigers?
Our best Sportsbooks has its football betting odds up for winning the Super Bowl, as well as each of the NFL’s eight divisions and two conferences. One of the teams who made it to the playoffs in 2005 but has been disappointing since then is the Cincinnati Bengals (7-9 SU, 6-9-1 ATS in 2007), who have a lot of offensive punch but not much in the way of anything else. Will sports betting fans fortunes improve in 2008? That’s what we will examine today.
First let’s look at the NFL football betting odds to win the AFC and AFC North divisions, as they appear in Our best Sportsbooks:
BetUS NFL Futures Odds
To Win AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers -130
Cleveland Browns +160
Cincinnati Bengals +400
Baltimore Ravens +800
To win the AFC Championship
New England Patriots +175
San Diego Chargers +450
Indianapolis Colts +500
Jacksonville Jaguars +900
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Cleveland Browns +1600
Tennessee Titans +2000
Denver Broncos +2000
CINCINNATI BENGALS +2200
Baltimore Ravens +2500
Houston Texans +3000
Buffalo Bills +4500
New York Jets +6000
Miami Dolphins +6600
Kansas City Chiefs +6600
Oakland Raiders +6000
It remains to be seen how much of a distraction the trade demands of Chad Johnson will be. But Johnson should find himself in the lineup from season’s start, and that means the Bengals will once again have a passing attack that is among the league’s best. Johnson caught 93 passes for 1440 yards last season, supplying more of the downfield threat while T.J. Houshmandzadeh, his teammate in college, snared 112 passes to tie for the league lead with Wes Welker and made it to his first Pro Bowl.
Ben Utecht, who played tight end at Indianapolis last year, was added along with two potentially explosive rookie wide receivers in Andre Caldwell (Florida) and Jerome Simpson (Coastal Carolina).
Carson Palmer is probably at or near the top of the list of those quarterbacks who come in at a notch or two below Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Last season he threw for 4131 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he also tossed 20 picks, and that was a problem. Without a dependable running game last season, Palmer was forced to throw more; indeed, he had 49 more passing attempts last year than he did in 2006.
Coach Marvin Lewis hopes to address that by emphasizing the run more. There are no new backs on board, but Rudi Johnson is presumed to be healthy, and there is hope that the former Auburn star can get back to the level of play he exhibited in 2004 and 2005, when he rushed for 2902 yards in those years combined. If Willie Anderson can come back healthy that will be a plus, because he is one of the best right tackles in the league.
All the offense in the world won’t mean anything unless the Bengals can stop people. The defense ranked 27th in the league in terms of yardage allowed, although it must be said that there were extenuating circumstances since the team lost just about every linebacker on the roster. This year there is hope. Some of those linebackers return, and then there is Odell Thurman, who is coming off a two-year suspension, not to mention first-round draft pick Keith Rivers of USC. The Bengals lost their top pass rusher Justin Smith, who went to San Francisco in free agency, but he didn’t leave that big a void. Lewis, who was Baltimore’s defensive coordinator when the Ravens won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, hopes that Antwan Odom, who came over from Tennessee, can be a big help in that regard. Cincinnati has two young cornerbacks with some ability in Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph, and they should improve in their second season.
The kick coverage units were God-awful last season, and that has been attributed to injuries. But if there isn’t a great deal of improvement in this area, the Bengals are going to continue losing the battle of field position.
All in all, I would not look for Cincinnati to be a serious challenger to Pittsburgh or Cleveland in the division, but they could hang around the fringes of the wild card race. A .500 finish is certainly well within reach.
JAY’S PREDICTION FOR 2008:
Cincinnati Bengals — 8-8, 3rd place, AFC North
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