- The Cincinnati Bengals have won the AFC North for the first time since 2015.
- Zac Taylor is favored to win the NFL Coach of the Year with +150 odds.
CINCINNATI – A new champion has been crowned in the AFC North as the Cincinnati Bengals finished in first place in the division. The Bengals clinched the division with an impressive Week 17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs snapping the Chiefs 8-game win streak.
With the Bengals playing at such a high level, NFL sportsbooks have shifted Zac Taylor’s odds to win the NFL Coach of the Year award.
NFL Coach Of The Year Odds
- Zac Taylor +150
- Matt LaFleur +200
- Mike Vrabel +400
- Bill Belichick +1600
- Frank Reich +3000
- Nick Sirianni +3500
Zac Taylor's Road To The Top
Looking back to the preseason Coach of the Year odds, Zac Taylor opened up with third longest odds at +4000. Taylor’s odds have shortened throughout the season with +1200 odds in the middle of the season.
Taylor had +675 odds to win behind Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Indianapolis Colts coach, Frank Reich before jumping both of them in Week 17.
As for his coaching achievements with the Cincinnati Bengals, he has helped them improve in each of the three seasons on the sidelines.
Taylor first took over as the Bengals head coach in 2019 where they finished with a 2-14 record and a -141-point differential. In 2020 he improved their record by two games for a 4-11 record and a -113 differential. Cincinnati also finished in fourth place in the AFC North in his first two seasons.
After a successful offseason, and a ramp-up in their training and player development, the Bengals sit with a 10-6 record through Week 17 with a +89 point differential. Taylor has certainly made a strong enough argument to win the award and his odds are sure to shift even shorter if they can pull off a Week 18 win over the Cleveland Browns.
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