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The Best Sports Handicapper believes the window for the Cincinnati Bengals to bring home a Super bowl title in the Marvin Lewis era.
The former architect of the dominant Baltimore defense that led the Ravens to a Superbowl title enters his fourteenth season in “SOUTHWEST OHIO.”
Cincinnati has not gotten past the first round of the postseason in seven appearances, but owner Mike Brown is sticking with Lewis as his man.
Former coordinators Jay Gruden, Hue Jackson, and Mike Zimmer have become head coaches elsewhere, and it’s the losses are starting to rear its ugly head.
Cincinnati finished behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North in 2016. Another 7-9 finish and management will begin to hear rumblings from the loyal fan base.
There is no doubt the Bengals have a prolific offense and can score points, but the question is can the defense hold up with the significant losses.
The 2017 Cincinnati Bengals offense will again have Andy Dalton under center. The former TCU standout passed for 4,206 yards in 2016 but must learn to perform in important football games.
Cincinnati gave Dalton a deep threat by drafting speedy wideout John Ross with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
The running game got a boost with Joe Mixon taken in the second round. Both rookies have the talent to make an immediate impact.
Longtime Left Tackle Andrew Whitworth left for the Los Angeles Rams and guard Kevin Zeitler is now a member of the Cleveland Browns. Former first round draft choice Cedric Ogbuehi gets his chance with the departure of Whitworth.
A. J. Green is still one of the best at his position in the league, and the addition of Ross could make the Bengals unstoppable in the passing game.
All purpose running back Giovani Bernard can make things happen out of the backfield in a variety of ways, and Jeremy Hill will tutor Mixon.
The key to success for the Cincinnati offense in 2017 is to avoid turnovers and score early and often.
Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther and his unit did a good job against the pass, and they only allowed opponents 19.7 points per games in 2016. However, the departures of veterans Karlos Dansby, Ray Maualuga and Domata Peko could hurt with leadership.
Cincinnati has talent in the trenches with Geno Atkins and the anchor. Defensive Ends Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, and Michael Johnson. Cincinnati also has a young rookie, Jordan Willis who gives 100% every play.
Outside Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has the potential to become the best in the NFL, more pressure will be on the former Arizona State star to produce at a high level with the loss of Maualuga.
Cincinnati has four first round draft picks at cornerback, and it’s time for them to show their worth. Dre Kirkpatrick did an adequate job last season and 2016 first round draft pick William Jackson III will compete with Darqueze Dennard.
Safety George Iloka is robust and has the intelligence to make calls in the secondary.
Rookie Kicker Jake Elliott should beat out the competition and become a special teams standout.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Cincinnati Bengals will go 11-5 and win the AFC North Division.
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