The 2019 football season for the Cincinnati Bengals should serve as rebirth of sorts. For a franchise that for the past decade has just not been able to get over the hump. Long time head coach Marvin Lewis is now gone (Bengals fans everywhere rejoice), replaced by first time head coach Zac Taylor .
Taylor (36), who was hired by the Bengals in the off season, most recently served as quarterbacks coach for Rams under Sean McVay. He also had a short stint in Miami serving as interim offensive coordinator in 2015.
Cincinnati’s roster really hasn’t changed much this offseason with the exception of linebacker Vontez Burfict on the defense, which depending on who you talk to, can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Talented player on the field, too much drama off it. The defensive line still returns two pro bowlers in Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins.
On the offensive side of the ball the big disappointment this offseason was yet another injury to pro bowl wide out AJ Green. Green tore ligaments in his ankle on the first day of training camp. A return date has not been set for Green but expect him to miss at least the first four games, three of which are on the road for the Bengals.
The Cincinnati Bengals Odds and Bengals Over Under Bets
Oddsmakers have set the season win total for Bengals at Over/ Under 6 wins. Which was exactly the win total for the team last season. I don’t really see how the Bengals will be able to get over the six win mark given their schedule this season. The division has only gotten stronger with upstart Browns and The Steelers and Ravens who are always tough. The schedule also sees Cincinnati travel to Seattle to start the season, a mid season trip to L.A. to face the Rams and a late season home tilt with the world champion Patriots. I see no more than 2 wins for the Bengals in the division. If you feel otherwise though, by all means take the +1600 odds Cincinnati has to win the AFC North. If you’re a fan of even longer odds then you will enjoy the +15000 on the Bengals to win Super Bowl XIV. Both of these plays are of course out of question for now.
It will be interesting to see how this group responds to a new head coach and new system. Its sort of been like groundhog day over the past decade with this team. The Bengals have had solid regular seasons and nothing to show for it come playoff time. To me Andy Dalton is not a franchise quarterback and I’m sure Zac Taylor (along with everyone else in Cincinnati) has come to realize that. It looks to me as though the Bengals may have to get worse before they can get better. A new era of football is set to begin in Cincinnati and I know for the fans of this team, it is a welcome change even though it should come with some growing pains over the next few months.