There are few NFL teams who don’t have a major weakness. Only one of them has odds as high as 33-1 to win the Super Bowl, according to current numbers at Bodog.
That team is the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cincinnati has a strong defense, is solidly coached and has an underrated offense. Yet 13 teams have shorter Super Bowl odds in looking at the Bodog Super Bowl futures.
Dalton Part of Reason for Super Bowl Odds
A reason for this is Andy Dalton. He’s a middle-of-the-road quarterback who excites no one.
The Bengals have made the postseason each of the last four seasons only to be bounced in the first round every time. Dalton is a noted playoff choker with a 1-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
But Dalton has never had this many healthy weapons. Tight end Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones combined for 1,157 receiving yards and a dozen touchdowns in 2013. Both combined to play just one game last season. Eifert has the potential to move into Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham elite tight end territory.
A.J. Green is a stud. Dalton has Green along with Jones and versatile Mohamed Sanu to which to throw. The Bengals also possess a rare inside/outside running attack with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Green and Bernard were hurt, too, last season missing three games apiece. Still, the Bengals went 10-5-1.
Bengals Coming off an Easy week 1 Victory
Cincinnati destroyed what was thought to be an improved Oakland squad, 33-13, on the road last Sunday. The Bengals averaged nearly eight yards a play while not giving up a sack or interception. Lewis called off the hunt when the Bengals led 33-0 late in the third quarter.
You could argue that with Hill, Green and Eifert the Bengals have the best combination of running back, wide receiver and tight end in football. Cincinnati also has an ace offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson.
The Raiders have had 10 losing seasons in the last 12 years entering 2015. The only years they didn’t fall below .500 were in 2010 and 2011 – the two seasons Jackson was their head coach.
Jackson can coach Dalton up and that makes the Bengals a good value play at their current Super Bowl price.