Steady Cincinnati Bengals remain AFC North favorites in offseason

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow calls an audible against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game, the Cincinnati Bengals will once again look to make a run at the Super Bowl.

The Bengals won the AFC North championship last year and are once again a substantial favorite to win it again.

The Bengals are +110 to win the division at FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Cleveland Browns a distant second choice (+310). The Ravens are third at +330, a price that could change significantly depending on Baltimore’s quarterback situation.

If Lamar Jackson returns to the team, then there will be a lot of bets on the Ravens, making the Bengals’ odds decrease.

Either way, the Bengals’ win total of 11.5 shows that oddsmakers expect another great season, though there is a bit of juice (-128) on the under at FanDuel.

Not only are the Bengals looked at as a division winner, but they are also looked at as one of the toughest matchups for the defending Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have the best odds to win the AFC at +350, but the Bengals are tied for second with the Buffalo Bills (+450).

These two teams could have company though in the New York Jets, who are currently fourth at +950. If and when the Jets get quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they could rise to the level of AFC title contender.

The Chiefs are the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions at +600, but the Bengals are among the next choices, tied with the Bills and Philadelphia Eagles at +900.

Of course, one big reason the Bengals are looked at as a Super Bowl contender is because they have an MVP candidate at quarterback in Joe Burrow.

Burrow is among three co-favorites to win MVP, sharing +700 odds with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the Bills’ Josh Allen.

The Bengals have shown they are not a one-year wonder, as they have made at least the AFC championship the last two years, and they figure to once again be among the NFL’s best in 2023.

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