|2013-14 NFL Season Odds: Are the Bengals a Sleeper Super Bowl Contender?|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:00|
Bengals 2013-14 Season Odds
CINCINNATI, OH (The Spread) - The Bengals have made the playoffs the past two years and despite losing both of those contests, Cincinnati might be a sleeper Super Bowl contender in 2013-14.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bengals are 25/1 to win the 2014 Super Bowl and 9/1 to win the AFC Conference this season. They're also +180 to win the AFC North Division and have an over/under total of 8.5 for number of regular season wins in 2013-14. The odds for them making the playoffs are -115 for and -115 against.
This offseason the Bengals re-signed Adam Jones, Terence Newman, Brandon Tate, Robert Geathers, Rey Maualuga and offensive tackle Andre Smith. They also placed their franchise tag on defensive end Michael Johnson and signed free agent pass-rusher James Harrison.
In the draft the Bengals selected Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert with the 21st overall pick and added North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and SMU defensive end Margus Hunt in the second. In the third they nabbed Georgia safety Shawn Williams and in the fourth they took outside linebacker Sean Porter.
Led by a fierce defensive line featuring Geno Akins, Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap and Domata Peko, the Bengals defense is highly underrated. Whether or not they can turn into a division winner after competing in the wild card round the past two years will depend on third-year quarterback Andy Dalton. The intelligence and leadership is there, but doubts remain about if Dalton can out-duel other top quarterbacks in the AFC in order to make a run at the Super Bowl.
2013-14 Cincinnati Bengals Season Odds
Super Bowl Odds: 25/1
AFC Conference Odds: 9/1
AFC North Division Odds: +180
NFL Over/Under Total: 8.5