The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t getting much love heading into the 2018 season.
Not long after the 2018 NFL Draft ended, we’ve seen several over/under win total projections in 2018 having the Bengals at or near the bottom.
There’s also been a host of 2019 NFL Mock Drafts that have had Cincinnati picking at or near the first overall pick.
Yes, in the eyes of oddsmakers, the Bengals have as good of a chance to win the Super Bowl as the Browns do.
Let that sink in for a minute.
The Bengals have as good of a chance to win it all as the Browns, who have gone 1-31 over the last two seasons.
Obviously, that includes an 0-4 mark against the Bengals with all four losses being by double digits. Yet somehow, Cleveland has apparently made big strides while the Bengals have continued to fall backwards.
While the Bengals have a lot of work to do before becoming so much as playoff contender, there far from the worst team in the NFL. After all, they return the majority of a roster that went 7-9 last year. If anything, they’ve made big improvements with the additions of Cordy Glenn, Preston Brown and Billy Price.
Then you’ve got the potential of John Ross and Tyler Eifert to return to form after injury-plagued 2018 seasons. If both can stay healthy, they’ll make a dramatic impact on a Bengals offense that finished 2017 on a good note.
My guess is the oddsmakers and so-called experts are down on the Bengals because of Marvin Lewis. After bringing him back for yet another season, perhaps the experts think the players will finally lose touch with Lewis and fold in 2018, like they showed signs of doing against the Bears and Vikings late last season.
Why do you think the Bengals are getting so little respect?