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AFC North-Leading Bengals Still Given Long Super Bowl 53 Odds

Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton has the Bengals off to a 4-1 start and currently lead the AFC North. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License]
  • AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals aren’t listed among Bovada’s top five AFC Super Bowl contenders
  • Bengals are 0-2 in Super Bowls
  • Bengals have lost eight straight postseason games

You can’t really blame the football world for doubting the Cincinnati Bengals, for raising an eyebrow of suspicion over the club’s 4-1 start that has the Bengals idling atop the AFC North.

After all, historically, the Bengals’ resume indicates that they possess a knack for chasing prosperity out of town.

It’s no wonder that you will search long and deep into Bovada’s NFL Super Bowl 53 future book before locating the Bengals.

Average Odds to Win Super Bowl 53

But we also understand why there are feelings of disrespect towards the Bengals. In order to see Cincinnati, you have to flip to the “Top 7” tab in the graph above. And at that point, you’ll see that the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens have the same average odds to win Super Bowl 53 (+2500).

Even worse, the 2-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers actually have shorter average odds.

Super Bowl 53  Odds To Win at Bovada

Super Bowl 53  Odds at Bovada
Los Angeles Rams +295
Kansas City Chiefs +600
New England Patriots +650
New Orleans Saints +900
Minnesota Vikings +1200
Cincinnati Bengals +2200

*Follow the link in the table to see odds for all 32 teams

Bengals’ Tests Upcoming

Are the Bengals for real? Should you be playing them in the Super Bowl future book? We’re about to find out.

This week, they welcome their arch rivals the Steelers to town, a team that’s had Cinci’s number.

Pittsburgh has won six straight from the Bengals. Cinci coach Marvin Lewis is 8-24 all-time against the Steelers. In their last meeting, the Bengals raced to a 17-0 lead and still lost 23-20.

The Bengals can legitimize themselves and put another nail in Pittsburgh’s coffin with a win here.

Cinci Going Prime Time

If they find a way to overcome the Steelers, then things get really get interesting. On Oct. 21, the Bengals travel to Kansas City to face the AFC’s best team, the Chiefs. This game has been flexed to a prime time start on Sunday Night Football, and that might not be good news for Cincinnati.

At this juncture, this would be the only prime time game on the Bengals’ schedule this season.

History Is Unkind To Cincinnati

By now, you are coming to understand why it’s so hard to be a Bengals backer. They haven’t won a playoff game since 1990 and it’s been so long the victims that day were the Houston Oilers.

Cinci has suffered eight successive setbacks since that day. You know your team is mired in a slump when both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions have won more postseason games over the same span of time.

Why Should You Expect It To Be Different for the Bengals?

There’s something unusual about this year’s edition of the Bengals. Instead of coming undone, they are finding ways to get it done. Last week, they overcame a 17-0 third-quarter deficit to beat the Dolphins 27-17.

Sunday’s win marked the second time in Bengals history they outscored a team by 24 points in the fourth quarter. – ESPN Stats & Information

They’ve come from behind in the second half in three of their four victories. Cinci has outscored the opposition 56-15 in the fourth quarter.

Still, they are the Bengals, and that means you take everthing they do with a grain of salt. Remember, the last Cinci quarterback to win a playoff game was Boomer Esiason.

Our advice to you where the Bengals are concerned is to exercise patience. Watch these next two games. If Cinci shows you something, then bet away on the Bengals.

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A veteran journalist, Bob Duff has written over two-dozen books, including authorized biographies of Johnny Bower, Desmond Howard and Gordie Howe. He has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, NBA Finals, March Madness and the Olympic Games.