The Cincinnati Bengals have come a long way to becoming a team to be reckoned with in the AFC North and in the NFL. Gone are the days they were pushovers and cellar dwellers of the AFC North, instead Marvin Lewis and the Bengals organization have worked hard to bring the team to where they are today. But are the Bengals worth a Super Bowl bet? The Bengals sit at 40/1 and could be a very profitable Super Bowl bet.
Offensively the Bengals have a lot of weapons in their arsenal of tricks and players to pull them off. Starting with quarterback Andy Dalton, who has come into the Bengals organization and made the team his own. He is a smart young man who is coming along nicely and learning how to play the position. He is passing his trial by fire with every game that goes by.
Dalton has a solid group of receivers highlighted by super star AJ Green. He also has two solid running backs in his backfield. Second year player Giovani Bernard was a second round draft pick who is averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his rookie season and looks to improve upon that.
Defensively the Bengals have become a tougher team to play against as a whole team. Third year linebacker Vontaze Burfict continues to improve and is already one of the top players in his position. He’s also a solid leader on and off the field.
You don’t hear too much about cornerback ”Pacman” Jones anymore, but you sure hear about Adam Jones. The eight-year veteran is finally playing some of his best football. He’s cleaned up his act and is a solid benefit to the Bengals defense
These new look Bengals seem to showing that they will not lay down like the Bengals of old. This class of Bengals mean business and their business is winning the AFC North and making a run at the Super Bowl. Opposing teams need to look out because these guys are not going away and could make a valuable bet for someone willing to take it.
Mike Samuels is an NFL writer for TPF and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter @steeler_mike, and http://www.facebook.com/TheSportsDude