There were plenty of positives for the Cincinnati Bengals to take out of the 2020 season, beginning of course with Joe Burrow. The No. 1 overall pick lived up to the pressure and hype to look like a true franchise quarterback for the Bengals until injuring his knee. Five of Cincinnati’s 11 losses last season came by one score and the Bengals also managed a tie early in the season.
Burrow will be just 10 months out of surgery to repair those torn knee ligaments when the season begins, but all signs point to him being 100 percent for the opener. He’ll have a new old weapon in first-round pick Ja’Marr Chase, his former LSU teammate, to complement Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.
Cincinnati Bengals Odds to Win the Super Bowl
The Bengals are probably better than several teams with shorter odds than Cincinnati’s +10000 odds to win the Super Bowl, but it’s an uphill climb for the Bengals to just make the playoffs out of that division. Cincinnati is a young, talented team on offense, and the defense is improving, but not enough for it to be a playoff contender this season, which is why the Bengals have +450 odds to make the playoffs.
Betting Cincinnati Bengals Futures
With division odds of +2300, the Bengals are one of the longer shots in the NFL to win their division, but it’s hard to argue that Cincinnati is better than any of their three division rivals on paper. In fact, that difficult division might be why there are +1000 odds on Cincinnati to have the worst record in the NFL this season, the fourth-shortest odds in the league.
All of the hopes for Cincinnati to earn individual award honors falls on the shoulders -- or more accurately, knee -- of Joe Burrow. The quarterback is a longshot to win the NFL MVP with +6000 MVP odds, but he’s got a chance to be the Comeback Player of the Year after his season-ending knee injury. If Burrow returns to be the player we saw him become in the middle of last season, he could fulfill his +700 odds to be the Comeback Player of the Year. But his improvement from his rookie season also will impact Cincinnati’s other individual award hopeful.
The Bengals bypassed offensive line help to add another receiving threat for Burrow in former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. The two had incredible chemistry in leading the Tigers to the 2019 national championship, and that hasn't disappeared even though Chase didn't play last season. Chase is listed at +1700 odds to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and that will only come to fruition if Burrow is healthy and able to get the ball into the hands of his new play-making receiver.