Tune in to the ?Final Betting Present? on NESN or NESN360 on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET for NFL coaching camp previews. Subsequent up: the Cincinnati Bengals.
If the Cincinnati Bengals performed within the NFC, they might most likely be the favorites to win the convention and would possibly even be checked out because the No. 1 Tremendous Bowl contender.
The Bengals, after all, play within the AFC. Whereas it wouldn’t shock anybody to see Cincinnati return to the Tremendous Bowl, they don’t enter the season main the pack within the convention. As an alternative, they’re simply a part of the pack — a really gifted pack with sky-high expectations, although.
So long as Joe Burrow is wholesome, the Bengals ought to contend, though a coaching camp damage scare served as a reminder of simply how a lot rides on the LSU product. His calf problem shouldn’t be a long-term factor, which means Burrow ought to enter the season able to roll as a part of a gifted assortment of gamers on each side of the ball in Zac Taylor’s system whose outcomes communicate for themselves.
A deep postseason run is feasible, however it received’t be straightforward in an improved AFC North and really difficult convention.
2022 in assessment
12-4 (record within the AFC Championship Sport)
13-6 in opposition to the unfold
Key offseason additions
OT Orlando Brown
S Nick Scott
TE Irv Smith Jr.
Key offseason losses
TE Hayden Hurst
S Jessie Bates
S Vonn Bell
CB Eli Apple
RB Samaje Perine
Stay up for 2023 (through FanDuel Sportsbook)
Tremendous Bowl: +1000
Win complete: 11.5 (below -144)
To make playoffs: Sure -290 | No +225
2023 award contenders
MVP: Joe Burrow +700
Offensive Participant of the Yr: Ja’Marr Chase +1100
Coach of the Yr: Zac Taylor +3000
Defensive Rookie of the Yr: Myles Murphy +3300
The percentages on paper do so much to inform the potential story of the 2023 Bengals. There most likely aren’t a ton of groups whose odds to win the division (+150) are that near their odds to win the convention (+550). Solely Kansas Metropolis and Buffalo have shorter odds to win the AFC. However the truth that the Bengals are nonetheless plus-money to win the North speaks to the development within the division, particularly with Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Would the Bengals moderately win the division? After all. Do they want to take action with a purpose to attain the Tremendous Bowl? Burrow and firm going into Kansas Metropolis and beating the Chiefs within the AFC Championship Sport two years in the past would recommend no. As would the very fact they took KC to the wire at Arrowhead in a rematch final season (after beating Buffalo on the highway, too).
Cincinnati has Burrow, who’s behind solely Patrick Mahomes in MVP odds and CHase, the favourite to win Offensive Participant of the Yr. So long as these two are on the sector collectively for the majority of the season, the Bengals might be aggressive. They actually would possibly want these two to energy a high-octane offense, particularly if the departures of Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell actually do damage within the secondary. Or if an inside protection led by DJ Reader and Germaine Pratt doesn’t do the job and groups run like wild on the Bengals as they did a couple of seasons in the past.
However that is largely a staff that’s constructed with one factor in thoughts, and that’s to win the Tremendous Bowl. Something much less is a disappointment.