Cincinnati Bengals 2017 NFL Betting Guide

Posted by eliaz perez on Monday,June 12, 2017 6:24, EDT in

After seeing their five-year playoff run come to an abrupt halt in 2016, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1 SU, 7-9 ATS) are reloading in a big way in order to get back into the postseason – and win their first playoff game under head coach Marvin Lewis. If you want to know which games that Cincinnati will have the best chances in winning this coming season, then I’ve identified a half-dozen matchups that the Bengals should easily win and cover the spread in. Here is a look at Cincinnati’s 2016 stats, followed by the top six must-bet games on their 2017 schedule.

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Cincinnati Bengals 2017 NFL Betting Guide

Team Leaders

Touchdowns: Jeremy Hill 9
Rushing: Jeremy Hill 839
Passing: Andy Dalton 4206
Receiving: A.J. Green 964
Sacks: Geno Atkins 9.0
Interceptions: George Iloka 3

Offense

Season Stats / Rank

Total Yards: 356.9 / 13
Passing Yards: 246.4 / 15

Rushing

Yards: 110.6 / 13
Points Scored: 20.3 / 24
Field Goal %: 80 / 24

Defense

Season Stats / Rank

Total Yards: 350.8 / 17
Passing Yards: 237.5 / 11
Rushing Yards: 113.2 / 21

Points

Allowed: 19.7 / 8
Field Goal %: 87.1 / 21

Cincinnati Bengals 2017 NFL Betting Guide

Week 1

Ravens at Bengals (-1)

Analysis: The Ravens and Bengals split their two regular season meetings a year ago with both teams winning at home and I expect more of the same in 2017 after seeing Cincy win 27-10 at home and fall to Baltimore 19-14 on the road. I’m a bit surprised that the spread for this matchup isn’t the obligatory three points that the home team gets in a matchup of two evenly matched teams, but I say, hey, take Dalton and company to get the win and easy ATS cover.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 24 Baltimore 20

Week 4

Bengals (-3.5) at Browns

Analysis: Even though they missed out on the playoffs last season, the Bengals smacked the Browns senseless in both of their regular season meetings in 2016 and will almost assuredly do the same this coming season, particularly at home. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Bengals finished eighth in points allowed and that alone tells me that whoever starts under center for Cleveland is likely in big trouble.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 31 Cleveland 17

Week 5

Bills at Bengals (-3.5)

Analysis: I like Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor and love running back LeSean McCoy, but the Bills will be in Year one under a new head coach while Cincinnati is completely desperate to get back into the postseason and very well could thanks to a defense that was still very good last season in ranking eighth in points allowed. Buffalo went 3-5 SU and ATS on the road a year ago and that just won’t cut it against a Bengals team that is determined to play a better brand of football than they did in 2016.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 27 Buffalo 21

Week 9

Bengals at Jaguars (PK)

Analysis: If I’ve said it once this offseason, I’ve said it a hundred times. I like Jacksonville’s hiring of Tom Coughlin to rebuild their football operations and bring a sense of normalcy to a franchise desperate for it, but the fact of the matter is that Jags quarterback Blake Bortles probably shouldn’t be starting – for any team in the league the way he throws interceptions like they’re going out of style. The Bengals have the better quarterback, head coach and defense in this matchup and will get the win and ATS cover as a strange Pick ‘Em despite being on the road!

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 31 Jacksonville 20

Week 12

Browns at Bengals (-8.5)

Analysis: Cincinnati beat Cleveland by 14 points at home last season and 13 points on the road. While I am expecting a better 2017 season for the Browns than the 1-15 mark they recorded this past season, there’s no way the quarterback-needy Browns get the road upset or ATS cover against a Cincinnati team that still have a solid defense and one that upgraded their offense over the offseason.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 31 Cleveland 21

Week 14

Bears at Bengals (-6.5)

Analysis: The Bengals are the easy pick to lay a huge smackdown on a Chicago Bears team that clearly has plenty of dysfunction in the front office, seeing as how they gave up an arm and a leg to move up one spot to draft questionable quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick. Cincinnati is the better team in all three phases of the game and will win this Week 14 home date by double digits at the very least.

NFL Pick: Cincinnati 34 Chicago 21