Winds of change are blowing in the Cincinnati Bengals

July 21st, 2010 by

cincinnati bengalsWhen most NFL betting fans think of the Cincinnati Bengals they think of team finesse with a good QB, top WR targets and not much else. If you can stop the Bengals pass game the run game can be contained and the porous defense can beat into submission or beaten deep, or so the conventional football betting wisdom went.

But head coach Marvin Lewis looks to have finally found his NFL betting stride, or at least the right personnel to play the type of game he’s always wanted to play in Cincy and this club is no longer your father’s Bengals.

The Bengals have undergone radical changes over the past two football betting off-seasons and this team now looks more like its AFC North rivals the Ravens and Steelers than the Bengals of old.

Consider that last year in the NFL odds competition the Bengals were top 10 in the football betting action with 128.5 ypg on the ground were actually 4th in the NFL odds with 31.6 rushes per game. That doesn’t sound much like the pass happy Bengals of the past.

But that radical shift in offense tactics resulted in the Bengals best finish in years (10-6) and the team’s first AFC North division title in years. However, the offense might not even be the most important part of this team anymore as the Lewis influence has finally been felt on the other side of the ball and the defensive unit is finally starting to make a name for the Bengals.

In the 2009 NFL betting season the Bengals ranked sixth in the NFL betting action in total defense allowing just 18.2 ppg, beating the vaunted Steelers defense in the this statistical category for the first time in the history of the universe. It also ranked 6th in the NFL betting in passing yards and 7th in league in rushing yards. The Bengals have toughened up in the middle of the defense thanks to some very good drafting in recent years and has arguably the best set of cover CBs in the NFL odds right now.

The Bengals are a team on the rise and as defending AFC North champs they’re the ones bullying people around now, not the other way around.

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