Bengals Season Win Total Prediction
The Cincinnati Bengals struggled offensively last year but made key additions this offseason to turn things around on that side of the ball heading into 2018. Will it work?
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds
According to oddsmakers, the Bengals' win total for 2018 has been set at over/under 6.5 games. They're also 100/1 long shots to win the Super Bowl, are 45/1 to win the AFC title, and are 10/1 to win the AFC North Division, ranked behind the Steelers (1/3) and Ravens (17/4) in terms of the odds.
Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Additions
The Bengals signed quarterback Matt Barkley to replace AJ McCarron as Andy Dalton's backup. They also added tackles Cordy Glenn (via trade) and Bobby Hart, as well as receiver Ka'Raun White, defensive tackle Chris Baker, and linebacker Preston Brown.
In the draft, the Bengals selected Ohio State center Billy Price with the 21st pick in round one. In the second round they took Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates III and with a pair of third-round selections, Cincinnati took Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard and Miami running back Mark Walton.
Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Departures
Linebackers Connor Harris and Carl Bradford were both released, while McCarron signed with the Bills while cornerback Adam Jones was not brought back and is a free agent. Eric Winston also remains a free agent while fellow offensive linemen Russell Bodine (Bills) and Andre Smith (Cardinals) signed with other teams this offseason.
Cincinnati Bengals Season Win Total Prediction
The Bengals offense should see a boost with the addition of Price and the subtraction of Bodine at center. John Ross should be better in his second year coming off a disastrous rookie campaign. Dalton and the passing game should be improved with better passing protection. Bill Lazor should be more creative…Tyler Eifert says he's healthy…
…see a pattern here? The Bengals have a lot more questions than answers heading into 2018. The schedule is softer for the offense, yes, but the Bengals also faced the league's easiest pass-offense slate defensively last year. The Bengals racked up wins against DeShone Kizer (twice), Jacoby Brissett, Brock Osweiler and Joe Flacco. In 2018, they'll face Andrew Luck right out of the gates (he's been cleared for training camp), as well as Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Derek Carr, on top of Ben Roethlisberger the normal two times. Thus, unless the offense is dramatically improved, I don't see how the Bengals get to 7 wins this season to cash the over.
Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Win Season Prediction: Under 6.5