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Cincinnati Bengals Betting

Cincinnati will have the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after finishing the season 2-14. The Bengals were the worst team in the league, but they were a little feistier than their record indicated, and they gave Cleveland some comeuppance in their season finale. Head coach Zac Taylor’s first season on the job was a rebuilding year, and this team has a long way to go to be competitive once again, but Taylor will likely be given time to turn things around in Cincinnati.

Season Recap

The Bengals’ best player didn’t play a single down in 2019. A.J. Green tore ligaments in his ankle on the first day of training camp, and he was sidelined for the season as a result. Green was initially slated to miss just the first six to eight games of the season, but as it became clear that Cincinnati had no chance of making the playoffs, the front office decided not to risk their best player’s health in a lost year. The hope is that Green will remember that in March as he is now a free agent. Green finished with more than 1,000 yards receiving in six of his first seven seasons.

Green’s absence allowed younger players to emerge at receiver for Cincinnati. Tyler Boyd had a breakout year with 90 receptions for 1,046 yards and five touchdowns, but deep threat John Ross III missed half the season with an injury of his own. He averaged 18.1 YPC while on the field though, showcasing why he was the fastest player in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Joe Mixon had an excellent second half of the year. Cincinnati’s ground game did nothing the first month of the season, as Mixon had just 149 yards rushing through the first four games of the year. Through the Bengals’ first eight games, he finished with less than 20 yards rushing four times, but he ran for 100 yards or more in four of his last eight games to finish with the ninth most rushing yards in the NFL. Mixon ran for more than 130 yards on at least 5.0 YPC in three of Cincinnati’s last four games.

Andy Dalton has likely played his last game for Cincinnati. Dalton wasn’t bad this season, but he is clearly not one of the best 20 quarterbacks in the league. He was benched in the middle of the year in favor for rookie Ryan Finley, but Dalton reentered the starting lineup after Finley completed just 47.1 percent of his passes and averaged a scant 5.4 YPA in three starts.

Geno Atkins was Cincinnati’s only player selected to go to the Pro Bowl this year, as he continued to be a force in the middle of the defensive line. Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard had decent seasons too, combining for 17.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss, but this defense was one of the worst in the league.

The Bengals allowed more yards per play (6.1 YPP) than any other team in the NFL. The league’s worst pass defense was largely to blame for that, surrendering 7.8 YPA as the back seven had major problems slowing down receivers. Two of Cincinnati’s three leading tacklers were safeties Shawn Williams and Jessie Bates III, and that’s never a good sign.

2020 Season Preview

Cincinnati has options with the No. 1 pick. The obvious choice is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow after a scintillating senior campaign, but the Bengals might think twice after taking a similar quarterback No. 1 in 2003. Carson Palmer was the last quarterback to turn things around this much in his senior season, and he was largely a marginal quarterback in the Queen City.

Burrow is a native son and the Bengals need a quarterback though, so the Heisman Trophy winner is the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick. He played high school football in southeast Ohio and highlighted the economic disparity in southeast Ohio during his Heisman acceptance speech, endearing himself to fans of the franchise. Burrow also played his first two seasons of college ball at Ohio State, so many fans are already expecting Cincinnati to take him.

The only other option at No. 1 is Chase Young. Young was the best defensive player in football this season, and he went to Ohio State. He is the most disruptive defensive end we have seen since Jadeveon Clowney, so he could go No. 1 overall.

2019 Cincinnati Bengals Betting Schedule

Week 1 Bengals at Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Week 2 Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 3 Bengals at Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 4 Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Sept. 30, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 5 Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 6 Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 7 Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 8 Bengals at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 9 BYE - -
Week 10 Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 11 Bengals at Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 12 Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 13 Bengals vs. New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 14 Bengals at Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 15 Bengals vs. New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 16 Bengals at Miami Dolphins Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 17 Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET CBS
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Past Cincinnati Bengals Seasons

2018 6-10 None
2017 7-9 None
2016 6-9-1 None
2015 12-4 Lost Wild Card
2014 10-5-1 Lost Wild Card
2013 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2012 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2011 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2010 4-12 None
2009 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2008 4-11-1 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 8-8 None
2005 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2004 8-8 None
2003 8-8 None
2002 2-14 None
2001 6-10 None
2000 4-12 None
Full List
1999 4-12 None
1998 3-13 None
1997 7-9 None
1996 8-8 None
1995 7-9 None
1994 3-13 None
1993 3-13 None
1992 5-11 None
1991 3-13 None
1990 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1989 8-8 None
1988 12-4 Lost Super Bowl
1987 4-11 None
1986 10-6 None
1985 7-9 None
1984 8-8 None
1983 7-9 None
1982 7-2 Lost Wild Card
1981 12-4 Lost Super Bowl
1980 6-10 None
1979 4-12 None
1978 4-12 None
1977 8-6 None
1976 10-4 None
1975 11-3 Lost Divisional Round
1974 7-7 None
1973 10-4 Lost Divisional Round
1972 8-6 None
1971 4-10 None
1970 8-6 Lost Divisional Round

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