The NFL season is here, and Indiana sports bettors can bet on any team. For folks in southwest Indiana, and those in nearby states willing to travel a bit, the Cincinnati Bengals are the betting fan favorites.
Unfortunately, they aren’t a favorite to do much this season.
Regardless, Indiana sportsbooks are still happy to have the NFL back and there will be plenty of wagering on the Bengals, whether it be on single games or season-long results (futures). One sports bettor in Las Vegas recently bet a stupid sum on the team to have a banner year.
Over the weekend, sportsbook @BetMGM reported taking a $5,000 bet on the Bengals to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs this season.
At 250/1 odds, the bet would pay a net $1.25 million.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 17, 2020
The team is considered to be one of the worst going into this season, and sportsbooks are giving the squad some of the longest odds to win the Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team are also expected to be in the running for worst team this season.
Bengals’ Super Bowl odds
You probably don’t want to be betting on the Bengals to win it all this season, but if you’re interested in a flier for some huge value if a miracle happened, Indiana sportsbooks have you covered. There is a clear-cut choice, though, if you’re looking at betting the Bengals to win the Super Bowl.
- FanDuel: +17000
- DraftKings: +15000
- BetRivers: +15000
- PointsBet: +12000
- BetMGM: +10000
Over/under win total
Here’s a better spot to park your money if you’re in the mood for a futures bet on the hapless Bengals. The team had just two wins last season, but they are expected to perform much better this time around. If you forget about that miserable 2-14 record last year, the Bengals actually haven’t won fewer than six games since going 4-12 in 2010.
The books all have the same over/under on wins for Cincinnati, nearly triple of the number of games the team won in the most recently completed season.
The Bengals are a slight favorite to win six or more games, per the books.
- FanDuel: 5.5, with -120 and +100, respectively
- DraftKings: 5.5 with -134 and +110, respectively
- PointsBet: 5.5 with -154 and +125, respectively
- BetRivers: 5.5 with -134 and +110, respectively
- BetMGM: 5.5 with -139 and +115, respectively
All the aforementioned sportsbooks have other futures markets on the Bengals, such as division winner, what place the team finishes in the division, and so on. Team specials vary greatly by book, especially when shopping outside the standard futures markets.