Founded in 1966, Cincinnati was a member of the American Football League before the NFL merger that took effect in 1970. The Bengals now play their home games at Paul Brown Stadium in the downtown core of the city. The Bengals have made 14 playoff appearances all-time, including a pair of conference championships in 1981 and 1988. However, Cincinnati is one of 12 NFL teams that have never won the Super Bowl.
The Bengals have done their best to become a more consistent franchise, but the club hasn’t won a playoff game since 1990, which is the longest active drought in the NFL. The first two years of head coach Zac Taylor’s tenure hasn’t produced much in the way of the results, but hopes are high that he and young QB Joe Burrow are the long-term answers.
If you’re interested in betting on the Bengals, there’s a lot more than just wins and losses you can bet on. If you want to get started right now, check our full guide to Bengals betting below including this week’s game and prop odds direct from Indiana online sportsbooks.
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There are several different types of bets that you will see when you go to bet on football, whether it is betting on college football or the Bengals. The main ones include:
Each NFL game is assigned a margin of victory handicap that is referred to as the point spread. When you bet on the point spread, you are basically betting on a team to cover that handicap. Here is an example of this:
In this scenario, the Bengals are listed as underdogs on the road, which is indicated by the “+” sign that precedes the handicap number. Therefore, Cincinnati is a 3.5-point underdog. This means that if the Bengals win outright or lose by three points or less then they cover the spread. Meanwhile, the “-“ sign next to Baltimore indicates that the Ravens are the betting favorites at -3.5. This means that Baltimore needs to win by four points or more to cover the spread.
Another type of bet that you might see is the moneyline, which is simply focused on picking the outright winner of a specific matchup. This is an example of what that might look like:
Unlike with the point spread in which you need to worry about teams covering margins of victory, the only thing you need to worry about with the moneyline is picking an outright winner.
The betting odds are listed next to the teams. As is the case with the point spread, the “+” sign indicates the underdog and the “-“ sign indicates the betting favorite. If you are betting on Baltimore to win outright, you would need to risk $300 to win $100 taking them at -300 odds. At the same time, if you bet on Cincinnati then you could risk $100 to win $280 since they are the sports betting underdog.
In addition to the point spread and moneyline, you could also bet the total for any NFL matchup. This is an excellent option if you think there will be a high-scoring or low-scoring game but you aren’t really sure which team will win. The total might look something like this:
In this scenario, all you need to do is predict whether the Bengals and Ravens will combine to score more or less than 44.5 points. If the teams combine to score 45 points or more, then the OVER will be considered the winning bet. If the teams combine to score 44 points or fewer, then the UNDER will be considered the winning bet.
A new season and hope go hand in hand. For the Bengals, steady improvement as the team continues its path back towards relevancy would have to be considered a success. See above for how the Bengals futures odds look at top Indiana sportsbooks.
Over the last two seasons, the Bengals have notched a total of six wins. By that metric, oddsmakers are anticipating improvement as both DraftKings and FanDuel have set the bar at 6.5 wins. However, the team is among the longshots to win the Super Bowl, conference, or division.
Naturally, much of the team’s hopes are pinned on Joe Burrow coming back from injury and continuing his growth into a franchise-level signal caller. For those expecting Burrow to take a massive leap forward, MVP odds for him to start the season are/were at +5000 over at DK and at +6000 on FD.
It takes more to win in the NFL than just a solid QB. The Bengals have work to do on both offense and defense, and the team addressed some needs at the 2021 NFL Draft. Among the new Bengals are WR Ja’Marr Chase, Burrow’s former teammate at LSU, and edge rusher Joseph Assai out of Texas.
The schedule is challenging but manageable overall, but the team does have a three-week road trip to deal with from Week 6 through 8. By the Week 10 bye, there should be a really good sense of where the team stands for the stretch run. If Burrow comes back at full strength and the defense shows some improvement, a 7-win season or better isn’t out of the question.
The Bengals are based in the AFC North division. The other three teams in that division are:
Cincinnati has won five AFC North titles since the division’s inception, including most recently back in 2015.
Last 5 AFC North Division Winners:
The 2021 Bengals schedule features the usual mix of games against AFC North rivals, as well as intriguing tilts with teams such as the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. Here’s a complete look at what’s on tap for Cincinnati this season.
|1||Sunday, Sept. 12||vs. Minnesota Vikings||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|2||Sunday, Sept. 19||at Chicago Bears||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|3||Sunday, Sept. 26||at Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|4||Thursday, Sept. 30||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||8:20 p.m.||NFLN|
|5||Sunday, Oct. 10||vs. Green Bay Packers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|6||Sunday, Oct. 17||at Detroit Lions||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|7||Sunday, Oct. 24||at Baltimore Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|8||Sunday, Oct. 31||at New York Jets||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|9||Sunday, Nov. 7||vs. Cleveland Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|11||Sunday, Nov. 21||at Las Vegas Raiders||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|12||Sunday, Nov. 28||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|13||Sunday, Dec. 5||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||1:00 p.m.||FOX|
|14||Sunday, Dec. 12||vs. San Francisco 49ers||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|15||Sunday, Dec. 19||at Denver Broncos||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|16||Sunday, Dec. 26||vs. Baltimore Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Sunday, Jan. 2||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
|18||Sunday, Jan. 9||at Cleveland Browns||1:00 p.m.||CBS|
The season was all about the development of Joe Burrow, and the rookie QB showed some flashes of promise. He went down to injury in Week 11 in what turned out to be another season to forget in Cincinnati.
The Bengals finished at the bottom of the AFC North in 2019 and it wasn’t even close. Even the Browns won six games last year. The Bengals did turn that on-field ineptitude into LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as the #1 pick in the draft, though, so hopes are again high for recapturing those dreamy playoff teams on a few years ago.
The Bengals turned a number of heads when they opened the 2018 season with wins in four of their first five games. However, Cincinnati went 2-9 the rest of the way after injuries took their toll on several key players on the roster. The Bengals finished at the bottom of the AFC North.
The 50th season in franchise history was supposed to be a special one for the Bengals. However, Cincinnati scored just nine points in its first two games en route to a 7-9 season. The Bengals finished third in the AFC North and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Cincinnati suffered a major setback that marked the beginning of the end for head coach Marvin Lewis in 2016. The Bengals went from 12-4 in 2015 to 6-9-1 in 2016. It marked the first time since 2010 that Cincinnati would miss the postseason.
The 2015 Bengals won the AFC North with a 12-4 record, which was their second division title in three seasons. Cincinnati opened the year with the best start in franchise history with seven straight wins out of the gate. However, the Bengals went 5-4 the rest of the regular season and then lost to Pittsburgh 18-16 in their AFC Wild Card playoff matchup.
2014 marked Cincinnati’s fourth straight playoff appearance following a 10-5-1 record in the regular season. However, the Bengals went on to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs, extending their playoff losing streak to seven in a row.
The Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium, which is an outdoor stadium. That means that when the temperatures start to get frigid in the fall and winter, they are used to those elements. If they have to go and travel on the road to face another team in wintry conditions, they’ll be somewhat used to that. And if they have to go indoors to a dome, that is usually even better for them.
There are some stadiums in the NFL that are known as great home-field advantages. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, who play at Lambeau Field, or the New England Patriots, who play at Gillette Stadium, play at venues that intimidate their opponent. Unfortunately for the Bengals, their stadium just isn’t that. They have an edge when they’re playing at home – as most NFL teams do – but opponents don’t fear visiting the Bengals at any time of the year.
Whether it’s an issue from ownership, the management or the coaching, one consistent issue for the Bengals is that they don’t have a track record of success. For a long period of time, they were known as “The Bungles” as they had a way of finding new ways to lose or disappoint.
The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, which shows just how long of a drought they’ve had in terms of playoff success.
Mike Brown has been the majority shareholder of the Bengals since his dad, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991.
The Bengals have never won the Super Bowl.
The Bengals have made the playoffs 14 times.
Zac Taylor is the Bengals Head Coach. He took over for the 2019-2020 season from Marvin Lewis. Taylor is the 10th Head Coach in Bengals history.
The Bengals play their home games at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals have three Hall of Famers. They are wide receiver Charlie Joiner, wideout Terrell Owens and tackle Anthony Munoz.
Yes, it’s legal to bet on the Bengals as long as you’re of 21 years of age and live in a state where it is legal to bet on sports.
You have to be at least 21 years old to bet on sports and the Cincinnati Bengals.