This AFC North battle has little to fight for, with neither team being in the playoff race and draft picks mostly locked. The Cleveland Browns look to get a win to end a disappointing season on a high note, while Andy Dalton will try to get a win for the Cincinnati Bengals, in what may be the final game he starts for the team. This is one of those games where someone has to lose, but which Ohio team will it be?
Browns at Bengals Odds and Info
All odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Opening Lines: CLE -2.5, O/U 45.5
- Moneyline: CLE: (-144) | CIN: (+126)
- Spread: CLE: -2.5 (-115) | CIN: +2.5 (-105)
- Total: 43.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
- Location: Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- Coverage: FOX
- Cleveland Browns: C JC Tretter (Q), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Q), WR Jarvis Landry (Q), DT Sheldon Richardson (Q), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Q)
- Cincinnati Bengals: G John Miller (Q), WR Stanley Morgan (Q), CB Darqueze Dennard (Q), CB William Jackson II (Q), CB Tony McRae (Q)
Many of the Cleveland Browns players and staff would like to end this disappointing season on a high note, and while the two star wide receivers may be unhappy with their current situations, this would be a great final pitch to the rest of the league for trading to get one of them. Cleveland has lost three of their past four games, giving up 30+ points in back-to-back weeks. While this team has been an inconsistent mess this season, the one steadying force has been running back Nick Chubb, who has continued to post 100-yard rushing days in two of the past three weeks. With the Bengals being terrible against the run, we could see another big workload for Chubb, who ran for 106 yards in the first meeting, which was a 27-19 win.
Andy Dalton’s return to the Bengals has resulted in an improved offense, but they still have totaled just a single win. He has been unable to complete over 60 percent of his passes in the four games since his return, and he has thrown six touchdowns to five interceptions in the four games. Defensively, this team has surrendered an average of 33 points over the past three weeks. They have also given up 4.65 yards per rush to running backs this season. With this team struggling to stop the run, it’s no wonder why they have failed to succeed this season.
- Cleveland is 2-8 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games against Cincinnati.
- Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last five road games.
- Cincinnati is 8-2 straight up in its last 10 home games against Cleveland.
- Cincinnati is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games against Cleveland.
- The Bengals lead the all-time series with the Browns, 50-42.
- Last Meeting: December 8, 2019 — The Browns defeated the Bengals, 27-19, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
All odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Winning Margin (4-Way): Cleveland Browns by 1 to 13 Points (+150) – Cincinnati has been terrible in all three phases of the game this year, but their offense has easily been their biggest issue. Cincinnati is averaging just 16.4 points per game (PPG) both at home (No. 29 in the NFL) and on the season as a whole (Last in the NFL). Cleveland’s defense should be able to keep the Bengals’ offense in check and put the team in a position to win, but it is not likely to be a blowout, with the Browns averaging just 19.3 PPG in road games (No. 22 in the NFL).
As stated above, this Bengals team has been terrible in all three phases and is simply less talented than this Browns squad. Cleveland’s defense should keep them in the game no matter what, and running back Nick Chubb should find success against a run defense that has surrendered 4.65 yards per rush to running backs this season.
Pick: Cleveland Browns -2.5
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