With NFL training camp getting underway this week, the 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. While there’s still more than a month to go until the season opener, it’s never too early to start making bets on the upcoming campaign. The Game Day is here to preview some of the best Cincinnati Bengals prop bets for 2021.
Bengals Prop Bets 2021: Best Cincinnati Odds + Betting Picks
Bengals Prop Bets 2021: Team Bet Picks
Cincinnati Bengals Under 6.5 Wins (-130)
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The AFC North is going to be as difficult a division as ever this season. Cincinnati’s offense looks stacked, but the defense still has plenty of work to do. That’s going to cost them, as they’ll have to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns two times each this season.
They’re dealing with three teams that made the playoffs last year in their division, and all of them won 11 or more games. On top of that, second-year quarterback Joe Burrow has struggled in training camp with many of his teammates believing he hasn’t fully recovered from the ACL tear that ended his rookie campaign.
Burrow might just be taking it slow, but reports are that his training camp has not been good. That’s brutal news knowing he’s not performing to his ability. After what we all saw last year, Burrow is surely capable of sparking this Bengals offense.
But let’s be real here. If the Bengals struggle offensively, they’re toast. The defense was among the worst in the NFL last season, and there wasn’t much work done to improve it. It’s going to be a rough season for this group again this year.
Bengals Prop Bets 2021: Player Bet Picks
Tee Higgins Regular Season Receiving Touchdowns: Over 5.5 (-140)
All eyes will be on Ja’Marr Chase, the prized first round draft pick out of LSU. Chase played college ball with Burrow and helped put together the best college football season of all time at LSU. Now Burrow and Chase get to play on the same team in the NFL, but with that comes a lot of pressure and double teams. That’ll leave room for Tee Higgins, who became a reliable red zone target for Burrow and Bengals quarterbacks last season.
Higgins had nine regular season games with eight or more targets and became a real threat offensively. Now with A.J. Green off the team, Higgins will be a bigger threat alongside Tyler Boyd and Chase. The 6-foot-4 wideout showed lots of potential in his first season in the league. He was selected early in the second round for a reason. The Bengals expect him to be a playmaker and star alongside Chase.
The targets, receptions and touchdowns will come for Higgins this season.
Joe Mixon Regular Season Rushing + Receiving Yards: Over 1250.5 (+110)
Last season, Joe Mixon lasted just six games and finished with 428 yards on 119 attempts. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry and struggled to break open for big chunks of yardage.
The Bengals no longer roster Giovani Bernard, who was basically the pass-catching running back. Now, the Bengals have a depth chart at running back of Mixon, Samaje Perine, Trayvon Williams and Chris Evans.
It’s time for Mixon to shine, and he’ll get the bulk of carries along with receptions for the Bengals this season. He’ll need to stay healthy, though before last season, he had played at least 14 games every single season.
In 2019, Mixon ran for 4.1 yards per carry and played in all 16 games. Since he played in all 16 games, he was also able to rush 278 times. Then, back in 2018, Mixon went for 4.9 yards per carry and eight touchdowns.
As the Bengals bring back Burrow, Mixon will be the focal point of their offense whether that’s running the ball or short dumps and screen passes out in space. When the Bengals are down big, they’ll let Mixon pick up garbage time receptions for big chunks of yards. He hasn’t received over 300 yards passing in any season, but he had 138 yards through just six games last year before his injury. He was on his way.
Therefore, a 1,000 yard rushing season and 300 yards receiving season is completely attainable.