Last Updated on August 17, 2020
The NFL is a league where it’s possible to go from the bottom of the standings to the playoffs in the blink of an eye and one bettor is hoping that’s the case with the Cincinnati Bengals. BetMGM recently took a $5,000 bet that would pay out $1.2 million on the Bengals to go from worst to first in the AFC.
I guess in 2020 anything can happen….. https://t.co/LBPUse4dWb
— Jason Ziernicki 🎲🏈➡️💰 (@jziernick) August 16, 2020
We’ve seen teams make these kinds of jumps before, but calling it in advance is the hard part. The San Francisco 49ers finished 4-12 in 2018. They followed that season up with a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They went from second-worst in the NFL to first in the NFC. In 2016, the Jacksonville Jaguars finished 3-13, but finished as the No. 2 seed in the AFC in 2017.
In other words, it’s possible for a team like the Bengals to make a massive leap in the standings, but they are 240-1 odds to win the AFC for a reason. The 49ers are the exception, not the rule. But hey, scared money don’t make no money, right?
Can Joe Burrow Turn The Bengals Around?
The prodigal son returns to Ohio. Joe Burrow, after putting together a historic Heisman season at LSU, is the new hope for Cincinnati. The Ohio native is coming into the NFL with sky-high expectations and for good reason.
Burrow broke record after record in college, including passing touchdowns in a season, passing yards, in a season, and passing yards in a CFP title game. He posted a jaw-dropping 25-3 record in his two seasons at LSU. But is Burrow going to come into the NFL and have immediate success like he did at LSU?
The safe bet is no, especially considering how many holes the Bengals have up and down the roster and the fact that Burrow was not able to have a normal offseason due to COVID-19. However, the more fun bet would be to put $5,000 down on Cincinnati and hope they do a complete 180 in 2020.