One of two NFL teams in Ohio, the Cincinnati Bengals have been in business since 1966 when they were created by former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown as part of the American Football League.
Since then the team has had ups and downs, although the downs have been more common as of late. In fact, in 2018 the Bengals finished dead last in the AFC North division. That said, the Bengals actually present some interesting opportunities when it comes to sports betting.
This team guide will break down everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Bengals and dive into such topics as:
- What challenges lie ahead for the Bengals in a tough AFC North.
- Free tips for how to bet on the Bengals.
- Bengals team history and the most notable team accomplishments.
Cincinnati Bengals Team History
The Cincinnati Bengals were founded in 1966 by former Cleveland Browns and namesake Paul Brown. The Bengals were the tenth and final team to join the American Football League which joined the NFL in 1970.
The Bengals made it to the Super Bowl in 1981 and 1988 but lost on both occasions to the San Francisco 49ers.
The franchise has won two AFC championships, nine division titles and made 14 playoff appearances. The Bengals are known for having made a number of strategic innovations including the no-huddle offense, West Coast offense, and the zone blitz defense.
The franchise’s most recognizable players include Boomer Esiason, Ken Anderson, Chad Johnson, and AJ Green.
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How much are the Cincinnati Bengals worth?
During the 2017 season, the Bengals organization generated $359 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $1.8 billion.
Who owns the Cincinnati Bengals?
The Bengals are owned by Michael Brown.
When did the Cincinnati Bengals become a team?
The organization played its first season in 1968.
Have the Cincinnati Bengals Won a Super Bowl?
No, the Bengals have not won a Super Bowl although they do have two AFC conference championships and two Super Bowl appearances thanks to those. Unfortunately, in both cases the team was defeated by the San Francisco 49ers featuring hall of famers Jerry Rice and Joe Montana.
What stadium and city do the Cincinnati Bengals play in?
Since 2000, the Bengals have played at Paul Brown Stadium, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Where do the Bengals have training camp?
The club holds training camp at Paul Brown Stadium.
What is the Cincinnati Bengals mascot?
Bengal Tiger is the official mascot of the Cincinnati Bengals.
What are the Cincinnati Bengals team colors?
The Bengals wear black, orange, and white.
Cincinnati Bengals Player Highlights
|All-Time Team Leaders|
|Games played||Ken Riley |
|Passing Yards||Ken Anderson||32,838|
|Passing TDs||Ken Anderson||197|
|Receiving Yards||Chad Johnson||10,783|
|Receiving TDs||Chad Johnson||66|
|Rushing Yards||Corey Dillon||8,061|
|Rushing TDs||Pete Johnson||64|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Jim Breech||1,151|
Tips for Betting on Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals ended the 2018 season in a very unfamiliar position: last place in the AFC North division. It was a tough year across the board as they posted a 6-10 record, finished 30th in points per game against, and dead last in yards given up per game.
The Bengals and longtime Head Coach Marvin Lewis parted ways in the offseason, bringing way for Zac Taylor to become the team’s new bench boss. Taylor will look to inject new life into an offense that has largely gone stale over the last few seasons.
The Bengals will once again be led by the duo of QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green, while the team’s defense will rely on mainstays Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins to help turn around one of the NFL’s worst units. The Bengals selected OT Jonah Williams from Alabama with their 11th pick of the draft and he could immediately become the team’s week one starter at left tackle.
Here are some more important points to consider:
- Despite only winning six games during the regular season, the Bengals were among the league’s best in terms of covering the point spread and over percentages.
- The Bengals were double-digit underdogs three times last season and covered all three times.
- AJ Green was limited to just nine games last season, which greatly contributed to the Bengals freefall in the second half of the season. With Green, the Bengals were 5-4 heading into their bye week but immediately lost five games in a row once Green was sidelined due to injury.
Andy Dalton had a below-average 2018 and the franchise is hoping Zac Taylor can get the most out of him, otherwise the Bengals may be looking for a new QB before this season is over.
Here are some more statistics you can use to make bets on the Bengals in the 2019 season:
- The Bengals finished near the top of the league vs. the spread last season, going 9-7, finishing the year with a 56.2 cover percentage.
- The Bengals were fourth in the league hitting overs last season, ending the year with a 57.1 Over percentage compared to 42.9 percent on the Under.
The AFC North has three potential playoff teams (Ravens, Steelers, Browns), making it arguably the most competitive division in the league right now.
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The Bengals are in a tough spot heading into the 2019 season, however, a new coach and a healthy AJ Green will certainly make them a team worth looking at for betting opportunities.
While sports betting is not currently legal in Ohio, there is hope that Senate Bill 111 will pass later this year which will make it legal to place sports bets in the state.
For the latest developments, keep an eye on our guide to legal sports betting in Ohio.