Trey Wingo thinks the Bengals might have the best young talent in the NFL
When it comes to the NFL Draft, there are a handful of voices on a few different networks that are synonymous with the event. One of them is Trey Wingo, who was a national sportscaster for decades on NBC, ESPN and Pro Football Network, while hosting the TV draft for many years.
Now Wingo has teamed up with Caesar’s Sportsbook to bring more sports coverage into the next chapter of his great career. We caught up with Wingo in Las Vegas on the eve of the draft, discussing odds and betting trends, the mighty AFC conference and the Cincinnati Bengals.
For the latter, Wingo paid lofty compliments for the defending champions AFC, noting that while there may have been elements of “flukiness” in their run to Super Bowl LVI, they’re here for it. to stay.
“You can make a very compelling case that the best core of young talent in the NFL is in Cincinnati,” Wingo told me in the “fan cave” inside Caesars Palace Sportsbook. “Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon. I’m not sure as we speak that there’s a better core of offensive skill position players than those guys.
In recounting Cincinnati’s three playoff wins last season, Wingo noted how thin the razor’s edge was in the Bengals’ wins over the Raiders, Titans and Chiefs, respectively. And, while he notes the talent is there and then some in Cincinnati, he also joked, “I just don’t know if you can count on that many things going right again.”
Yes, the Bengals took breaks towards the end of the year. A perfect rookie kicker in a near-record playoff run with a number of kicks over 50 yards, timely turnovers and other favorable events the Bengals aren’t used to receiving happened on a regular basis.
But, as they say, “luck smiles on the prepared”. The Bengals were a good team last year that created many of their own opportunities for a successful run.
Wingo also noted his admiration for what the Bengals did in free agency ahead of the draft. Cincinnati signed three new starters to its offensive line, while keeping its roster largely intact.
“They’ve done a great job this offseason,” Wingo said when I asked him about the Bengals avoiding the dreaded Super Bowl hangover. “They had one glaring weakness – it was the offensive line – and they backed it up with fighters. La’el Collins, (Ted) Karras comes along – these guys aren’t just good, they’re bad, you know, and that’s what you want. They didn’t have enough villains in this Super Bowl and that’s why Aaron Donald was able to pick up the game like he did.
Unfortunately, the Bengals have a tougher road ahead in 2022, sporting the 7th toughest schedule. Add to that what the Bills, Dolphins and Broncos have done this offseason and the conference becomes very difficult to navigate.
In fact, Wingo listed Miami as the team that could have the surprise run, at least in the eyes of outsiders, much like Cincinnati’s in 2021. The addition of Tyreek Hill with Jaylen Waddle and a capable defense make it a decisive solution. year for Tua Tagovailoa.
After a few weeks of free agency and before the draft, Caesar’s Sportsbook had the Bengals’ win total at 9.5.
Next time you’re in Las Vegas, be sure to check out the sports betting at Caesar’s Palace. Its many giant screens and comfortable seats make your favorite sport an absolute pleasure.
And, Caesar’s did a fantastic job as the showpiece host for this year’s NFL Draft. The media work room and rookie green room were in the adjacent “Forum” complex, while the theater project was a short walk from one of the nation’s most iconic hotels/casinos.
Our thanks to Mr. Wingo, Mr. Harwood and all the good folks at Caesar’s Sportsbook for the time and hospitality. Check out the video embedded above for the full entertaining interview.
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