The AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals thrilled last season as they stormed their way to a Super Bowl appearance after beginning the season with 100-to-1 odds to win it all.
Though they ultimately lost to the Rams, those who bet on the underdog Bengals made plenty of profit along the way in 2021.
If you’re looking to bet on the young team in 2022, here are a few player props worth noting.
Joe Burrow under 12.5 interceptions (-110)
Burrow proved he is one of the best passers at this point in his young career, finishing the season with a league-leading 70.4 percent completion rate. He also tossed 14 interceptions, which translates to a 2.7 percent interception rate.
So, why am I betting the under? Because I believe Burrow takes another big step forward in his second full season of NFL play after missing much of his rookie season to an ACL injury. Across his last seven regular-season games, when the Bengals were really clicking, Burrow threw only three interceptions. Eleven of his picks were thrown before the bye week, and I am chalking that up to him getting back in the groove from his injury.
Another year of chemistry with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins certainly doesn’t hurt.
Tee Higgins over 975.5 receiving yards (-115)
When Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins were sharing the field in 2021, Higgins commanded the greater target share (25 percent) and his 23 percent targets per route run on the season was also higher than Chase’s (21 percent).
Higgins finished with 1,091 yards and there’s no reason to think he can't reach that level again this year in an offense that passed for 4,403 yards while easily supporting two 1,000-yard receivers.
Joe Mixon over 1050.5 rushing yards (-115)
If it ain’t broke…
Last season, Mixon was third in total touches (334) and sixth in touches per game played (20.9). Mixon should continue to see the volume and the Bengals did a lot to improve their offensive line in the offseason. That O-line will help keep Burrow upright while also giving Mixon the chance to increase his efficiency.