The Bengals reached the playoffs for the third time under Head Coach Marvin Lewis last season, sliding into a Wild Card spot with a 9-7 record. Despite the solid finish, the Bengals are not getting much off-season love from the odds makers. Sportsbook.ag, according to its Cincinnati Bengals 2012 NFL Predictions, envisions Lewis’ crew winning fewer games this season (presently favored, at -140 odds, to win Under 8 games) and it is a third pick to win the AFC North at +400 odds ($100 to win $400). The latest Super Bowl Odds at the offshore book have Cincinnati listed as a +5000 moneyline play ($100 to win $5000) to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Cincinnati got a better than expected rookie campaign from quarterback Andy Dalton as the TCU graduate threw for 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns. However, Dalton’s exploits, along with those of fellow rookie A.J. Green, only produced mediocre offensive results for the Bengals. Cincinnati ranked 20th and 18th in yards and points per game, respectively.
The Bengals defense established itself as one of the better units in the league, though, limiting its opposition to an average of 316.3 yards and 20.2 points per game.
Notwithstanding those numbers and the anticipated progression of players like Dalton, Cantor Gaming finds itself in agreement with its offshore counterpart in regard to Cincinnati’s potential this season. The Vegas based odds maker has the Bengals favored in just six of the 15 Cincinnati games for which it has issued point spreads.
Cincinnati Bengals 2012 NFL Regular Season Schedule and Point Spreads: Provided by Cantor Gaming
Week #1 Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) at Baltimore Ravens
Week #2 Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-7)
Week #3 Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5) at Washington Redskins
Week #4 Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week #5 Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
Week #6 Cincinnati Bengals (-2) at Cleveland Browns
Week #7 Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5)
Week #8 BYE
Week #9 Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (Pick’em)
Week #10 New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals (Pick’em)
Week #11 Cincinnati Bengals (+2.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
Week #12 Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5)
Week #13 Cincinnati Bengals (+5.5) at San Diego Chargers
Week #14 Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals (-1)
Week #15 Cincinnati Bengals (+7) at Philadelphia Eagles
Week #16 Cincinnati Bengals (+6) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week #17 Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (No Line Posted)
Cincinnati Bengals 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds:
Odds to Win 2013 Super Bowl XLVII +5000 ($100 to win $5000)
Odds to Win 2013 AFC Championship +2300 ($100 to win $2300)
Odds to Win AFC North +400 ($100 to win $400)
Regular Season Win Total: Over 8 wins (+110), Under 8 wins (-140)
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