The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2020 season with a 4-11 record, finishing dead last in the AFC North. It was the debut season for first overall pick Joe Burrow, but the rookie quarterback’s season was cut short in Week 11 when he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee against Washington.
Burrow finished the season with a 65.4% completion percentage, and 13 touchdowns through the air to five interceptions. The 24-year-old showed his elite potential against the Browns in Week 7 when he threw for over 400 yards with three passing touchdowns and a rushing TD.
Despite the Bengals miserable record, Cincinnati was surprisingly decent against the spread if you bet on them last season. Cincinnati was 9-7 ATS, and 8-8 when it came to over/under totals.
The rebuild of the Bengals continued in the offseason, with longtime vets A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, and Giovani Bernard all departed. Cincy beefed up their offensive line by adding tackle Riley Reiff. They also shored up their corner situation, signing Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Eli Apple. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson and safety Ricardo Allen also joined the Bengals in free agency.
Through the draft, Zac Taylor’s squad drafted wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, reuniting him with his former teammate in Burrow. Look for them to pick up where they left off in college, and for Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins to give Burrow great receiving options as well. Joe Mixon is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL as well, but it’s ultimately up to the offensive line to ensure this young promising offense can execute consistently in 2021.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Bengals over/under for wins this season set at 6.5. Cincinnati has the worst odds to win the NFC North (+2500), and are listed as massive +9900 longshots to win Super Bowl 56.