The Cincinnati Bengals, the defending AFC champions who opened the season with odds of +2200 to win Super Bowl 57, are currently listed as having the sixth-shortest odds to secure the crown on the futures boards at DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, and BetMGM.
The Bengals, who have won five games in a row, are attempting to become the fourth squad in history to win the Super Bowl after losing in the title game a year earlier. The New England Patriots were the last team to do so in 2018.
Here’s where the Bengals’ odds stand as of Dec. 12.
Analysis of Bengals’ Super Bowl Odds
The Bengals, 9-4 straight up and a league-best 10-3 against the spread, share first place in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens after Week 14’s 23-10 home victory against the Cleveland Browns in the Battle of Ohio that ended a five-game losing streak versus the Browns.
Cincinnati has gone 9-2 SU/10-1 ATS since losing its first two games, at which time their Super Bowl odds soared to a season-long +3500.
What could help make or break the Bengals’ championship aspirations is whether they can win the division and avoid getting stuck spending the playoffs on the road as a wild card. The North is the only division in which there is a tie at the top.
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The Ravens currently hold the division tiebreaker edge based on their 19-17 win over the visiting Bengals in Week 5, with PK Justin Tucker’s 43-yard FG at the gun providing the winning margin. Had the kick failed, the Bengals would have been able to gain the top seed and the conference’s sole bye by running the table, which would include a victory over the Buffalo Bills (10-3) in their Week 17 showdown.
The Super Bowl frontrunner on the odds boards are the Bills (+380 FanDuel), with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles next (+450 DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM), followed closely by the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs (+500 DraftKings).
Two teams at +900 are next: NFC West leader San Francisco 49ers (DraftKings, FanDuel) and current No. 5 NFC seed Dallas Cowboys (FanDuel), who are two games behind Philly in that division.
What are the Bengals’ Chances to Win Super Bowl 57?
Like with most teams, it depends largely on whether they enter the postseason as a division winner and get to play their opening game at home (maybe even get a bye) or if they have to go the wild-card route.
In the history of wild cards in the NFL playoffs, dating to 1978, only seven times has a non-division winner won the Super Bowl, the last being the 2020 Tampa Bay Bucs as a fifth seed. Before that, it was the sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers in 2010.
Last season, Cincinnati won the North at 10-7, was a No. 4 seed, and had to play the AFC divisional and championship games away from home.
As it stands, the Bengals are the No. 5 seed in the conference and would open the postseason at the No. 4 seed Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round. It would be a rematch of their Week 12 game this season (a 20-16 Bengals win in Nashville) and last season’s matchup in the postseason’s divisional round. In that game at Tennessee, the top-seeded Titans (coming off a bye) sacked Burrow nine times, but Cincinnati won that one as well, 19-16.
The Bengals know, though, that if they win out the final four weeks of the regular season (vs. Tampa Bay, New England, Buffalo, and Baltimore), they’d be guaranteed at least the No. 2 seed. And if the Chiefs were to lose one along the way, the Bengals would own the head-to-head tiebreaker versus KC and would gain the top seed and the lone AFC bye.
What are the Bengals’ Odds to Win the AFC Championship?
Cincinnati is the third choice on the board to win the conference title and has odds of +600 (DraftKings).
Buffalo is the strong favorite at +175 (FanDuel, BetMGM, PointsBet), with Kansas City next at +250 (DraftKings). Baltimore is behind the Bengals at +1000 (BetMGM).
Considering the top three AFC teams on the board all are 5-1 at home this season, it would appear having the home field would be a great, great benefit.
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What are the Bengals’ Odds to Win the AFC North?
The Bengals have odds of +120 (DraftKings), which is a sizable drop from +190 a week earlier. Baltimore remains the choice at -129 (BetMGM) thanks in large part to having an easier schedule (they have three 5-8 teams remaining) and tiebreaker edges versus Cincinnati.
The other two teams in the North — Cleveland and Pittsburgh — are both 5-8 and have been eliminated from contention.
The Ravens, though, are having big trouble with injuries at quarterback, which could open the way for Cincinnati to bolt past them in the standings.
Starter Lamar Jackson is wrestling with a knee injury and is not likely to play Week 15 at Cleveland. And backup Tyler Huntley was in concussion protocol on Sunday and missed the end of the team’s 16-14 win at Pittsburgh. But head coach John Harbaugh said he is confident Huntley will be able to go this week.
One thing is for sure: The Bengals know they’ll almost surely need to beat out the Ravens for first in the division and not count on advancing via tiebreakers. If Cincinnati beats Baltimore and finishes tied with the Ravens, the next applicable tiebreaker after head-to-head is division records. Baltimore currently stands at 3-0. The Bengals are at 2-3.
And another thing: What’s also not working in the Bengals’ favor is that they would be working on short rest for that showdown with Baltimore after facing the Bills on Monday Night Football.
What are the Bengals’ Odds to Make the NFL Playoffs?
The news here is much brighter.
The Bengals are two games clear of the NY Jets for the final wild card, thus Cincinnati’s odds to reach the postseason are -1250 at PointsBet. Back in the summer, though, the Bengals were available at -145.
For bettors sensing (or rooting for) a Bengals collapse, their odds to miss the playoffs are +1600 at FanDuel.
Also read: 2023 NFL playoffs odds for all teams
What are the Bengals’ Win Total Odds?
The Bengals have two win totals listed: 10.5 and 11.5.
The Over odds at 10.5 are -155 (PointsBet), with the Under being +135 (FanDuel).
The Over odds at 11.5 are +135 (DraftKings), with the Under at -165 (DraftKings).
Bengals’ Player Props
NFL MVP: QB Joe Burrow (+800 PointsBet)
Burrow stands third on the betting charts, down from +900 a week earlier.
The reason for that drop no doubt had much to do with KC’s Patrick Mahomes throwing three interceptions in a too-close-for-comfort 34-28 win at Denver in Week 14.
Mahomes had been the MVP favorite but has seen his odds lengthen from +130 to +200 (across the board).
The new top choice is Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts at +185 (PointsBet).
Most Rushing TDs: RB Joe Mixon (+8000 DraftKings)
Mixon, who opened at +900 to win the award after having 13 touchdown runs last season, is now a long shot since he’s missed two games due to injury and stands eight touchdowns behind league leader and prop favorite, Jamaal Williams of the Detroit Lions (+220).
Mixon is off the board at all other sites.
NFL Coach of the Year: Zac Taylor (+10000 BetMGM)
Remarkably, Taylor stands only tied for 11th on the board despite having his team in contention for the top seed in the AFC.
The Eagles’ Nick Sirianni continues to be the odds-on favorite, with his number shortening to -185 this week after Week 14’s 48-22 win on the road against the NY Giants.
Super Bowl 57 Odds FAQ
The Bills and Chiefs are the two favorites out of the AFC to reach the title game.
The Eagles, Cowboys, or 49ers are expected out of the NFC to reach the big game.
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