The second meeting this season between these AFC North and Ohio rivals. The Bengals took the first meeting in Cincinnati, 31-17. I am recommending a play on CLEVELAND +5.5 in this rematch.
I know, it’s the winless Browns. I get it. It’s one of those “hold your nose” plays, but sometimes those are the best bets to make. And we don’t need them to win outright, although they just might.
This looks like the Browns’ best chance to get a win this season. The rest of their schedule includes trips to Buffalo and Pittsburgh with a final home game against the Chargers wedged in between. Like I said, this looks like Cleveland’s best chance to get a W.
The Bengals are beat up. They lost two of their best offensive weapons, WR A.J. Green and RB Giovani Bernard. They’ve only scored about 17 points per game on the road this season, and most of that was with Green & Bernard.
The Browns get RGIII back under center for this one. I’m sure he will be rusty, but I expect the Browns to lean on the ground game in the cold, wintry conditions anyway.
The Browns are off their bye, so they are rested and should be well-prepared. And their head coach, Hue Jackson, knows the Bengals well. He was their offensive coordinator before coming to Cleveland this season.
The Bengals already beat the Browns by two TDs this season, and they know Cleveland is winless. Off a blowout win over the Eagles and with their bigger rivals from Pittsburgh on deck, nobody could blame the Bengals for looking past the Browns in this one.
CLEVELAND +5.5 is worth a shot in this one.
Free AFC North Pick to Click is on the Cleveland Browns plus the points.