The NFL regular season concludes in two weeks, and while some teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, a handful of teams have clinched a playoff berth. One of these teams is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals secured a place in the playoffs in week 15, after a 34-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bengals Odds Today: Latest Betting Lines for Week 17
As it stands, Cincy leads the AFC North with a 11-4 record; they are one win ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, who they'll face on the final day of the regular season, in a match that could potentially decide who wins the division. This week however, Cincinnati will take on the AFC-leading Buffalo Bills, in a fixture that could completely shakeup the AFC playoff picture. The Bengals are currently the AFC's number 3 seed; they can move up to number 2 with a win over the Bills, and could take the number 1 spot if the Kansas City Chiefs lose this weekend. With that in mind, let's examine the Cincinnati Bengals betting lines for this week.
Cincinnati Bengals Odds Today
The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Buffalo Bills on Monday's primetime game. Despite playing at home however, Zac Taylor's men are 1 point underdogs against Buffalo. That said, the Bengals are priced at +100, while the Bills can be backed at -116.
Also, Cincy have been the most efficient team in the NFL in terms of covering the spread; they have a 12-3 record against the spread this season; they've also covered the spread in seven consecutive matches. Looking at the Bengals spread this week, Cincinnati to cover +1 pays at -110, while Buffalo -1 is valued at -110.
As regards the Bengals over under this week, the line is set at 49.5. Interestingly, Zac Taylor's men have gone under the total in four of their last five games. Moreover, the over and under are both priced at -110 for this match.
Odds for the Cincinnati Bengals to win the Super Bowl
We would like to point out that the Cincinnati Bengals opened at 14/1 to win the Super Bowl in January. Interestingly, they opened at 150/1 the previous campaign, but defied the odds, making it to the Superbowl. Following that impressive season, pundits expected the Bengals to make a deep playoff run, and they haven't disappointed so far. As it stands, the Cincinnati Bengals are valued at 8/1 to win the Super Bowl. You can also back them at 4/1 to retain the AFC title, and 2/5 to win the AFC North division.
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals player prop odds
Next, we'll look at player prop bets for the Bengals vs Bills game. As regards player props, you can bet on a player's overall performance in a match. For example, you can bet on Joe Burrow to pass for over 280.5 yards against the Bills on Monday night; this option pays at 4/5. On the other hand, Bills QB Josh Allen has a 251.5 line in terms of passing yards.
Furthermore, you can also wager on player receiving yards. Jamarr Chase has been a vital part of the Bengals offense; he is averaging 87 receiving yards per game, only four players have done better. To be fair, one of those players is Stefon Diggs, who plays for the Buffalo Bills; he has averaged 88.3 receiving yards per game this campaign. On that note, the over/under line for Jamarr Chase is set at 82.5, while Diggs can be backed at 17/20 to gain over 67.5 receiving yards.
Analysis of the Cincinnati Bengals vs Buffalo Bills game
It's important to point out that the Cincinnati Bengals had a slow start to their campaign; they kicked off their new season with back-to-back losses, and had a 4-4 record after week 8. However, Cincy have bounced back in style since then, they have been one of the most in-form teams in the NFL recently, having won seven matches in a row. To be fair, Zac Taylor's men will square off against a Buffalo Bills side that's coming off six consecutive wins. Keeping that in mind, it'll be interesting to see which of these teams will reign supreme at the end of this match.
Cincinnati Bengals Odds Today: Futures
Of course, there are long-term bets in the NFL; these are placed on events that will end in the future, and are called future bets. You can back the Bengals
- To win the Super Bowl
- Win the AFC championship
- To win the AFC North division
You can also bet on their regular season win total. Additionally, there are futures bets available for Bengals players, such as:
- NFL MVP ( Joe Burrow)
Recap of Cincinnati Bengals Previous Campaign
Going into the 2021 NFL season, the Bengals were coming off a disappointing 4-11-1 campaign, which saw them finish last in the AFC North. Expectations were low for this team, and they were priced at a massive 150/1 to win the Super Bowl. Interestingly, Cincinnati brought in Jamarr Chase with the fifth pick of the 2021 NFL draft, and their fortunes completely changed.
Despite having a 10-7 record, the Bengals were able to win the AFC North title, with Chase winning offensive rookie of the year. Considering their regular season record, Cincy weren't exactly one of the favourites to advance to the Super Bowl on the AFC side. However, Zac Taylor's men defeated AFC juggernauts like the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs on their way to the Superbowl, where they eventually lost to the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals will hope for a deep playoff run this season; it'll be interesting to see how far they can go with this team.
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals
There are various ways you can place bets on the Cincinnati Bengals, and these include:
Money Line (ML)
Money line bets are placed on the final outcome of a sporting event. For instance, if the Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans, and the odds are as follows:
- Bengals 2/5
- Texans 3/1
In this case, the Bengals are huge favourites, and they would have significantly short odds. A $100 bet on Cincy would net $140, while betting the same amount on the Houston Texans would payout a massive $400, initial stake included. It's also important to mention that money line bets also include overtime.
Another interesting market is the spread. While this isn't as straightforward as the money line, spread betting is pretty easy. This market usually depends on how many points a team wins or loses by. It's similar to handicap betting in European sports. Using the same scenario above, where the Bengals are favoured over the Texans, the spread could look like this:
- Cincinnati Bengals -4 (9/10)
- Houston Texans +4 (9/10)
In a case like this, a Bengals -4 bet would hit if they defeated the Texans by more than four points; on the other hand, the same bet would lose if the Texans won, or lost by fewer than 4 points. Also, like the Asian handicap, spread bets can end in a push. If the Bengals were to win by exactly four points in this match, the initial stake would be refunded, irrespective of which bet was made.
Another interesting market is the over/under. These bets are wagered on the total points scored in a game. Like the spread bets, Over/under bets can also end in a push. If for instance, the over/under line for the above match-up was set at 45, the odds would look like this:
- Over 45 (17/20)
- Under 45 (17/20)
In this case, an over bet would be a winner if both teams scored a total of 46 or more points. In contrast, an over bet would lose if the total points were less than 45. Furthermore, the initial stake would be returned if the match ended with exactly 45 points.
In-play or live bets
Finally, we'll talk about in play bets. Unlike the others we've mentioned, in-play bets are only made during the course of a game, and not before. Experienced players can monitor live matches, and place bets on them. Interestingly, with in-play, you can bet on a wide range of markets, including the money line, spread, and over/under markets.
Cincinnati Bengals FAQs
Have the Bengals ever won the Super Bowl?
Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Bengals have never won the big game; they are one of 12 sides to never win the Super Bowl. It's important to point out, however, that Cincy have reached the Super Bowl on three occasions, and lost all three.
Where do the Bengals play their home games?
The Bengals play their home games at the Paycor Stadium. This was previously called the Paul Brown Stadium until earlier this year. Cincinnati have played their home games at the Paycor Stadium since it opened back in 2000.
Which division do the Bengals play in?
Cincinnati plies their trade in the AFC North division, alongside the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.