Oddsmakers Boost Bengals After Thursday’s Win

Joe Burrow And NFL Logo With Bengals Background

  • Sportsbooks take note of Bengals’ third win
  • Cincinnati still has long odds to win AFC, Super Bowl
  • Burrow not expected to pile up passing yards by oddsmakers

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 348 yards and completed a pair of touchdown passes to tight end C.J. Uzomah as the Bengals came from 14 points down to shade the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-21, on Thursday night.

BetOnline took note as the Bengals moved from (+900) to (+750) odds to win the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens (+105) continue to lead the AFC North after Justin Tucker’s NFL record 66-yard field goal pushed them past the Detroit Lions, 19-17, last week as time expired.

  • The Ravens are a 1-point favorite at Mile High on Sunday against a Broncos defense that is giving up only 221 total yards per game.
  • The Cleveland Browns (+135) continue to run just behind the Ravens as the Browns are favored by two points at Minnesota as the Vikings will be without Davin Cook on Sunday.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are at the back of the bus as of now in being posted at (+1400) after the Bengals took a 24-10 win in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Pittsburgh’s offense is 26th in the NFL with only 308.3 yards per game, as the Steelers are last in the NFL in rushing at 55 yards per game on the ground.

At the beginning of the season:
The Ravens posted (+115) to win the AFC North as Cleveland was looking at (+140) with the Steelers at (+450). Cincinnati opened at (+2000) to win the division but has made strides with its 3-1 start.

Cincinnati has also been spotted at (+800) while the Ravens (+110) shade the Browns (+120) as both of them check-in at 2-1. Pittsburgh continues at (+1400) and is (+6.5) at Green Bay on Sunday.
A Slow Climb

Burrow has completed 72.9 percent of his passes this season as he has nine TD passes and four interceptions. Troubling to the Bengals is that he has been sacked 11 times after going down with the ACL/MCL tear last November.

His stewardship is a must for this young but improving team as Cincinnati is still listed as low as (+6500) to win the AFC, but has moved to (+5000) on some boards. To prove the continued lack of confidence in the Bengals on this step of the ladder, Pittsburgh is still getting (+4500) to (+5000) even though the Bengals were dominant last Sunday in the Steel City.

The Ravens have the fourth-best odds to win the AFC as they are seen at (+625) as Cleveland had moved ahead of them at (+550), but Baltimore came in (+700) while Cleveland sits at (+750) in other places.

Kansas City is the leader despite the 1-2 start as the Chiefs enjoy (+300) odds while Buffalo is seen at (+400) to (+425).

Not So Super

Oddsmakers are, of course, still very skeptical of the Bengals’ 3-1 start when we talk about listing Super Bowl odds as Cincinnati has moved some but only up to (+10000) although they are seen at (+7500).

When the season began, Cincy sat with (+8500) odds, although (+10000) was more prevalent. After they fell to Chicago, 20-17, in Week 2, the Bengals fell back to (+20000) before the win over Pittsburgh provided the spike.

Baltimore and Cleveland both are catching (+1600) to win the Super Bowl.

The Ravens opened the season at (+1400) and fell to (+1800) after the loss to the Raiders, 33-27 in overtime, in Week 1.

Please Note:
Cleveland has been more volatile as the Browns opened at (+1600) but moved up to (+1500) after the near-miss at Arrowhead against the Chiefs (33-29) in Week 1. The Browns placed at (+1700) for Week 3 before last week’s 26-6 domination of the Bears in Chicago, where Cleveland piled up 418 yards and allowed the Bears just 47.

In the Burrow

Quarterback Joe Burrow is at 249.5 yards passing per game in his first four outings and is managing games implicitly well as he takes what is there, as we saw in getting Uzomah involved last night at a high level in getting him two scores.

  • Former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase has 17 receptions for a team-high 297 yards and four TD catches.
  • While Tyler Boyd has turned into a solid possession receiver with 23 catches for 259 yards and a score.

For the reason that Joe Mixon is giving him such a viable back in the running game with 83 carries for 353 yards and two scores, Burrow doesn’t have to do everything in the passing game; thus, he is sitting only at (+4000) to lead the NFL in passing yards while he is at (+2500) to throw the league’s most touchdown passes.

Tee Higgins (+3500) and Chase (+4000) are still on some boards to log the most receiving yards this season, with Boyd at (+1000). Chase has (+1800) odds to pull in the most TD catches, with Higgins at (+2500) and Boyd recording (+13000) odds.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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