NFL gambling on the “Bungles” continued to be a losing proposition last year as Cincinnati was 4-11-1 straight up and 7-9 against the NFL lines. There may be some NFL gambling optimism amongst some handicappers, however, as Cincinnati won and covered their final 3 games of the 2008 season against the NFL lines.
That is counterbalanced, however, by the NFL gambling fact that those 3 teams they beat were the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Kansas City Chiefs, none of whom had a winning season last year.
This is likely going to be a “do or die” year for head coach Marvin Lewis, who earned NFL gambling respect by taking the Bengals from being a perennial NFL gambling laughingstock into a playoff team but the past 3 seasons have undone all of that previous goodwill that was built up.
The Bengals had and have many NFL gambling problems starting with head case wideout Chad Ocho Cinco, who admitted recently that he lacked motivation for last season. A darling of the media, Ochocinco caught only 53 passes for 540 yards and 4 touchdowns last year.
In the previous 5 NFL gambling seasons he caught no less than 87 balls for no less than 1166 yards and a minimum of 7 touchdowns. Meanwhile quarterback Carson Palmer ripped Ochocinco for skipping off season workouts.
Palmer himself missed much of last NFL gambling season and was highly ineffective with a 69.0 quarterback rating and a 3 to 4 touchdown/interception ratio. Ryan Fitzpatrick quarterbacked the Bengals for the most part last year but has since departed for the Buffalo Bills.
Cincinnati’s dismal offense ranked dead last in the NFL stats while their defense turned in a respectable performance and finished 12th in the league. This combination led to the Bengals going over the total in just 5 out of 16 games last year.
If the Bengals can maintain that defensive performance while improving their offense they can perhaps post together a winning and profitable season.
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