Cincinnati Bengals Playoff Chances: Tracking the Bengals Playoff Picture

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The Bengals have not won a Super Bowl in their lengthy history. They have made the AFC Championship Game in the last two seasons, appearing in the Super Bowl in the 2021 season but losing to the Los Angeles Rams. There was hope that this could be the year Cincinnati gets over the hump, but without Joe Burrow, those hopes were shattered.

If you looked at the Bengals' Super Bowl odds in the preseason, there's little denying they were among the title favorites. I will be tracking the Bengals' playoff chances throughout the regular season. Bookmark this page to stay in the loop with the ever-changing NFL landscape.

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What Are the Bengals Playoff Chances?

The Bengals' playoff chances are 0%. This season I used ESPN BET Ohio to track odds, but they are no longer available after Cincinnati was eliminated from playoff contention.

โญ Bengals Playoff Chances0% chance
โ›” Bengals Miss Playoffs100% chance
๐Ÿ‘‘ Bengals Win Super Bowl0% chance
๐Ÿ† Bengals Win AFC0% chance
๐Ÿ”ฅ Bengals Win AFC North0% chance
โœ… Data Last Verified by ExpertApril 17, 2024

This season, I figured out the Bengals' playoff picture using the implied probability of the team's odds to make the postseason. You'll find playoff odds for every NFL team posted by the top Ohio sportsbooks.

Bengals Week-by-Week Playoff Chances

โ†”๏ธ Preseason72% chance (-245)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 166.7% chance (-200)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 250% chance (-110)
โ†”๏ธ After Week 350% chance (-110)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 433.3% chance (+200)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 536.4% chance (+175)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 641.7% chance (+140)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 740% chance (+150)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 860% chance (-150)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 975% chance (-300)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 1058% chance (-140)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 1115.4% chance (+550)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 126.3% chance (+1500)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 1311.8% chance (+750)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 1427% chance (+270)
โฌ†๏ธ After Week 1533% chance (+200)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 1628.6% chance (+250)
โฌ‡๏ธ After Week 170% chance (OTB)

Bengals Schedule and Betting Lines

For a look at the Bengals schedule this upcoming season, check out our breakdown of the 2024 Bengals schedule

๐Ÿ“… Week 1 at Cleveland BrownsBengals (0-1) lose 24-3
๐Ÿ“… Week 2 vs. Baltimore RavensBengals (0-2) lose 27-24
๐Ÿ“… Week 3 vs. Los Angeles RamsBengals (1-2) win 19-16
๐Ÿ“… Week 4 at Tennessee TitansBengals (1-3) lose 27-3
๐Ÿ“… Week 5 at Arizona CardinalsBengals (2-3) win 34-20
๐Ÿ“… Week 6 vs. Seattle SeahawksBengals (3-3) win 17-13
๐Ÿ“… Week 7BYE
๐Ÿ“… Week 8 at San Francisco 49ersBengals (4-3) win 31-17
๐Ÿ“… Week 9 vs. Buffalo BillsBengals (5-3) win 24-18
๐Ÿ“… Week 10 vs. Houston TexansBengals (5-4) lose 30-27
๐Ÿ“… Week 11 at Baltimore RavensBengals (5-5) lose 34-20
๐Ÿ“… Week 12 vs. Pittsburgh SteelersBengals (5-6) lose 16-10
๐Ÿ“… Week 13 at Jacksonville JaguarsBengals (6-6) win 34-31
๐Ÿ“… Week 14 vs. Indianapolis ColtsBengals (7-6) win 34-14
๐Ÿ“… Week 15 vs. Minnesota VikingsBengals (8-6) win 27-24
๐Ÿ“… Week 16 at Pittsburgh SteelersBengals (8-7) lose 34-11 
๐Ÿ“… Week 17 at Kansas City ChiefsBengals (8-8) lose 25-17
๐Ÿ“… Week 18 vs. Cleveland BrownsBengals (9-8) win 31-14
โœ… Data Verified by ExpertApril 17, 2024

The Cincinnati Bengals had a tough schedule this season and was eliminated from playoff contention in Week 17.

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Cincinnati Bengals Playoff Chances: Key Offseason Updates April 2024

To keep Bengals fans with the most up-to-date information this offseason, I am tracking breaking news and developments impacting the Bengals' playoff chances and then listing them below.

  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ December 31: The Bengals are eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ December 27: Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) misses Week 16.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ December 16: Bengals lose star DT D.J. Reader (torn quad) and DB D.J. Ivey (torn ACL) for the season.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ December 9: NFL finds Bengals in full compliance with injury report policy concerning Joe Burrow.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ December 4: QB Jake Browning wins first NFL game in 34-31 win over NFC-South leading Jaguars, gives Bengals renewed playoff expectations.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ November 17: The day after a Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, it's announced that quarterback Joe Burrow will miss the remainder of the 2023 season with a wrist injury.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ November 12: DE Trey Hendrickson, who is having an All-Pro season, goes down with a knee injury. Unknown how long he could be out (could range from weeks to months).
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ November 6: Superstar WR Ja'Marr Chase listed as questionable with a day-to-day back injury.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ October 30: Star DE Trey Hendrickson to have ankle injury support, expect to play in primetime Week 9 matchup.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ October 15: Tee Higgins returns from rib injury, records two receptions for 20 yards.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ October 8: Ja'Marr Chase catches franchise-record 15 receptions in Week 5 victory over Cardinals.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ October 1: Tee Higgins suffers fractured rib against the Titans, status unknown for Week 5.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ September 25: Ja'Marr Chase explodes on Monday Night Football for personal single-game record with 12 targets.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ September 18: Browns RB Nick Chubb has torn MCL, is ruled out for the season.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ September 18: QB Joe Burrow has playbook dialed back as calf strain lingers.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ September 7: QB Joe Burrow signs a five-year, $275 million contract extension ($219.01 million guaranteed).
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ August 4: LB Logan Wilson gets a four-year, $37.25 million extension.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ July 28: QB Joe Burrow strains his calf in training camp and will consequently miss the rest of camp and preseason.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ April 29: Purdue WR Charlie Jones, Illinois RB Chase Brown, Princeton WR Andrei Iosivas, Michigan punter Brad Robbins, and Miami CB D.J. Ivey are drafted on Day 3.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ April 28: The Bengals select Michigan CB D.J. Turner II and Alabama safety Jordan Battle on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • ๐Ÿ“† April 27: The Bengals select DE Myles Murphy with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • ๐Ÿ“† April 25: The Bengals pick up QB Joe Burrow's fifth-year option, extending his rookie contract through the 2024 season.
  • ๐Ÿ“† April 5: The Bengals sign DE Tarell Basham to a one-year deal.
  • ๐Ÿ“† April 3: Reports emerge the team is actively negotiating with QB Joe Burrow on a contract extension.
  • ๐Ÿ“† March 30: TE Irv Smith Jr. signs a one-year deal with the Bengals.
  • ๐Ÿ“† March 20: Nick Scott is signed to a three-year, $12 million deal to be the starting safety opposite Dax Hill.
  • ๐Ÿ“† March 16: The top free-agent available at offensive tackle, Orlando Brown Jr., signs a four-year deal worth $64 million with the Bengals after winning the Super Bowl last year with the Chiefs.
  • ๐Ÿ“† March 16: Cody Ford is signed to a one-year with an opportunity to compete for the starting right tackle position in camp.
  • ๐Ÿ“† March 14: Bengals extend starting LB Germaine Pratt with a three-year contract through 2025 after Pratt recorded career highs in tackles, tackles for loss, pass-deflections and interceptions last season.

I will continue to add to this list as more Bengals news breaks, so bookmark this page to keep up to date.

Key Contributors Toward Bengals Playoff Chances

There are several big-name talents on the Bengals' depth chart. None are more notable than quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the team's high-octane attack. Burrow suffered a calf strain to start the season but battled through that. He threw for 300-plus yards against the Bills and Texans but went down in the first half with a season-ending injury against the Ravens. The Joe Burrow MVP odds were at +1000 before his injury. Jake Browning has spearheaded Burrow-less Bengals.

Along with Burrow and Browning, the Bengals offense has WR Ja'Marr Chase, WR Tee Higgins and OL Orlando Brown Jr. who all are deserving of a mention. Higgins is in a contract year without an extension finalized, so he will want to ensure he showcases his value this season. As for Chase, he has five 100-yard games on the season yet tallied just 64 yards on four receptions against the Vikings. Chase and Hall of Famer Randy Moss are the only players in NFL history to record 3,000-plus receiving yards and 20-plus receiving touchdowns in his first two seasons, including the playoffs.

Defensively, a few of the most notable names are Trey Hendrickson and Logan Wilson. Hendrickson had 35.5 sacks in his last three seasons and had 13-plus sacks in each of the 2020 and 2021 seasons. As for Wilson, he is coming off his best season in the NFL, totaling 123 tackles and 2.5 sacks, both the highest of his three-year career.

Where Can I Bet on the Cincinnati Bengals to Make the Playoffs?

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Looking Ahead: Bengals Playoff Picture

The Cincinnati Bengals have played at Arrowhead Stadium in two straight AFC Championship Games, taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2021, they won 27-24, dethroning the Chiefs. The Bengals lost to the Rams 23-20 in the Super Bowl that season. In 2022, the Bengals lost 23-20 with the game nearly ending on a 45-yard field goal with just a few seconds left by Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. The Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

While that may indicate that the Bengals would be able to again reach the playoffs, the loss of Burrow brought stark change to that. The Bengals did themselves no favors, starting the season 1-3 before bouncing back with four straight wins. They have Jake Browning at the helm now and hoped that he can do enough to get them to the playoffs, but unfortunately he was not quite able to get the team there.

Do the Bengals Have a Chance to Make the Playoffs?

No, the Bengals no longer have a chance to make the playoffs in 2023. Cincinnati was eliminated in Week 17 after falling to an 8-8 record.

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Are the Bengals Out of Playoffs?

Yes, the Bengals are out of the playoffs for 2023-24. A loss to the Chiefs eliminated any chances of Cincinnati making the postseason.

Where Do the Bengals Rank in the AFC North?

The Cincinnati Bengals will finish last in the AFC North. Here are the final standings:

  1. Baltimore Ravens 13-4
  2. Cleveland Browns 11-6
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-7
  4. Cincinnati Bengals 9-8

Where Do the Bengals Rank in the AFC Playoff Standings?

The Bengals have been eliminated from postseason contention. They fell to 8-8 in Week 17 after a loss to the Chiefs, making it mathematically impossible for Cincinnati to earn a playoff spot.

Where Do the Bengals Rank in the AFC Wild-Card Race?

The Bengals are no longer in contention for a wild-card spot, or a playoff spot in general for the 2023-24 NFL season.

Can the Bengals Get the No. 1 Seed?

No, the Bengals cannot get the No. 1 seed. In fact, they can't get any seed, as they've been eliminated from playoff contention.

Who to Root for if Youโ€™re a Bengals Fan

If you're a Bengals fan, at almost all costs, root against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Most Bengals fans have different opinions on who their most-hated AFC North team is, but one should root against inner-division foes. It is also smart to root against the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, as they are expected to be the top contenders for the top spot in the AFC, and those teams losing should open the door even further for the Bengals to reach the Super Bowl.

Bengals Postseason Outlook and Predictions

The Cincinnati Bengals were the best team in the AFC North in 2021 and 2022 and among the best in the NFL. They lost the 2021 Super Bowl by just three points after allowing a game-winning touchdown to Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp. The Bengals ended up losing by just three points. In 2022, they again lost by three in heartbreaking fashion as Butker sent them home with a 45-yard field goal. They have gotten so close to bringing home the Lombardi Trophy for the very first time in franchise history.

The truth is that the Bengals have the weapons, coaching staff, experience, and stars to both get back to the playoffs and stay a contending team for the long-term future. With players like Pratt and Wilson locked up, the defense should continue as a strong point for this organization. Burrow did finalize his contract extension, so he will still be a Bengal after recovering from his injury.

While it was Super Bowl or bust for the Bengals, it no longer is as Burrow's injury made the team no longer a Super Bowl contender, unfortunately. The Bengals have a few other focal points to work on this offseason to get back to being one of the best teams in the NFL.

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Nathan, a lifelong Cincinnatian, has covered the Bengals and Buckeyes at various outlets for the last half decade. He is most proud to have attended both wins of the Bengals' 2-14 season in 2019. Nathan is our go-to expert for all things Bengals and Buckeyes.

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