The Cincinnati Bengals surprised many of the betting pundits during the 2011 season as the club finished up the regular season with a record of 9-7 and earned a wildcard playoff berth in the AFC conference. In the AFC wildcard playoff game the Bengals were soundly defeated by the Houston Texans 31-10 as a +4 point road underdog. The team achieved a playoff spot a season ago starting a rookie at quarterback in first round pick Andy Dalton from TCU. The team had done a good job with the draft the past few seasons on both sided of the ball and has begun seeing dividends paid off on the football field. After going 6-0 in the division in 2009 the Bengals have gone 4-8 straight up the past two seasons combined against NFC north opponents.
The 2012 Cincinnati Bengals season win total odds have been lined at 8 wins. Bettors have made under 8 win the prohibitive favorite at -150 odds with the over eight wins returning +120 odds. The odds used for this season win total from the NFL came courtesy of Top Bet sportsbook.
Behind a rookie quarterback the Cincinnati Bengals were 18th in the league in scoring as the team averaged 21.5 points per game. They were not very efficient with their run game in 2011 as the team ran for just 3.9 yards per carry. Carson Palmer sat out most of the 2011 year for Cincinnati after he demanded to be traded. The Bengals obliged and sent the signal caller to Oakland for draft picks. In Andy Dalton’s first year under center he completed 58.1% of his passes for nearly 3400 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Dalton will have the benefit of a full training camp in 2012 following the strike a season ago. To help improve the run game Cincinnati added Benjarvis Green Ellis as a free agent acquisition in offseason from New England. With effective drafting over the years Cincinnati was able to assemble a solid defense that ranked 7th a season ago by giving up 316 yards per game. They held their opponents last season to just 3.9 yards per carry on the ground and had the 9th rated pass defense by giving up 211 yards passing per game. The trend for Cincinnati has been a good year followed by a bad one. It has been 30 years since the club played in back to back years in the playoffs. The scheduled is tough as the club draws the NFC East and AFC West this season along with playing Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice. Tougher scheduled leads to a play under eight wins at the sportsbooks.