Oddsmakers believe the Cincinnati Bengals will be at their best in 2023

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow calls directions to his team at the line of scrimmage during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Over the past two seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have established themselves as one of the top teams in the NFL. Prior success comes with a lot of expectations from fans and oddsmakers alike with every new campaign. Look up and down the boards at FanDuel Sportsbook and you’ll see the Cincinnati Bengals near the top of the board.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding quarterback Joe Burrow and his calf injury, the Bengals have one of the highest win totals in the NFL at 11.5. Cincinnati is +118 to go over that total and -144 to go under. The Bengals are -290 to make the playoffs, the second-best odds in the AFC behind the Chiefs (-500).

Cincinnati is also the favorite to win the AFC North, even though the division is expected to be among the most competitive in the NFL. The Bengals are +150 favorites with the Baltimore Ravens (+210), Cleveland Browns (+400) and Pittsburgh Steelers (+470) all packed in behind them. They are +550 to win the AFC, third-best behind the Chiefs (+350) and Buffalo Bills (+450).

The odds at FanDuel are somewhat bullish on Cincinnati winning the Super Bowl with +1000 odds, though, which clock in at the fourth-best in the league. Only the Chiefs (+600), Philadelphia Eagles (+800) and Bills (+900) have better odds.

On the individual side, Joe Burrow has quickly become one of the best quarterbacks in the league. His calf injury has kept him out of preseason and could force him to miss the season opener. Bengals coach Zac Taylor went on the Pat McAfee Show recently and said he felt good about the progress that Burrow was making.

Burrow threw for 4,475 yards and 35 touchdowns last year, good enough to finish fourth on the ballot for the NFL MVP. He is +700 to win that award this season, tied with Josh Allen for the second-best odds behind Patrick Mahomes (+600). Burrow’s favorite target, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is the favorite (+1100)  to win the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, ahead of Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson (+1400) and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (+1400). Burrow is also on the board at +3000 while Tee Higgins is +10000 and running back Joe Mixon is +1700.

Taylor, who has led the Bengals to 22 wins and five playoff victories over the past two seasons, is +3000 to win NFL Coach of the Year. Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is the betting favorite at +950.

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