In-state rivals square off in Week 12 when the Cleveland Browns hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:00PM ET on Sunday.
The Browns came up just short of winning their second game of the season when they fell to the Lions, 38-37 as a 3-point underdog in Week 11. The combined score went over the posted total of 37.5 as Brady Quinn racked up 304 passing yards and four touchdowns fro Cleveland. Rookie receiver Mohamed Massaquoi also hauled in five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The Bengals were shocked in Oakland as they fell to the Raiders, 20-17. Cincinnati failed to cover the spread as an 8.5-point underdog, while the combined score went over the posted total of 36. Carson Palmer threw for 207 yards with an interception and a touchdown in the loss, while running back Bernard Scott rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Bengals 14-point favorites over the Browns in Week 12. The over/under total for Sunday’s matchup has been set at 39 points.
Even though the Bengals are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Raiders, don’t forget that it was a trap game for them coming off a huge win against Pittsburgh in Week 10 and then having to fly cross-country to play in Oakland.
Cincinnati has dominated this series, winning eight of their last 10 meetings with the Browns and covering in six of those meetings. The Bengals are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at home and 9-4 against the number in their last 13 games.
The last time these two teams met, the Bengals edged the Browns 23-20 in overtime. But Cincinnati needs a win badly to stay atop the AFC North standings and it’ll likely cruise this week against Cleveland.
Quinn looked good last week, but he also did it against a horrid Detroit secondary. He won’t have the same success this week against a solid Bengals’ defense backfield. Take the Bengals –14, as well as the under 39. The Browns won’t score 37 points again this Sunday.
Our NFL Week 12 Free Pick for this matchup is: CINCINNATI BENGALS -14 and UNDER 39.
207 Cleveland Browns +14 Over 39
208 Cincinnati Bengals –14 Under 39
Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Cincinnati is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
[WR] 08/20/2009 - Donte Stallworth out for season ( Suspension )
[OG] 09/01/2009 - Ryan Tucker IR ( Knee )
[OG] 09/01/2009 - Fred Weary IR ( Leg )
[RB] 10/03/2009 - James Davis IR ( Shoulder )
[LB] 10/20/2009 - D'Qwell Jackson IR ( Shoulder )
[LB] 11/03/2009 - Eric Barton IR ( Shoulder )
[TE] 11/19/2009 - Steve Heiden IR ( Ankle )
[WR] 11/16/2009 - Chansi Stuckey "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Calf )
[P] 11/19/2009 - Dave Zastudil IR ( Knee )
[WR] 11/18/2009 - Josh Cribbs is upgraded to "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Head )
[CB] 11/17/2009 - Coye Francies "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Knee )
[QB] 11/18/2009 - Brady Quinn is expected to start Sunday vs. Detroit ( None )
[TE] 08/03/2009 - Reggie Kelly IR ( Achilles )
[WR] 09/06/2009 - Antonio Chatman IR ( Ankle )
[TE] 08/31/2009 - Ben Utecht IR ( Concussion )
[C] 08/24/2009 - Dan Santucci IR ( Foot )
[S] 11/13/2009 - Roy L Williams IR ( Forearm )
[DE] 10/20/2009 - Antwan Odom IR ( Achilles )
[LB] 11/19/2009 - Keith Rivers doubtful Sunday vs. Oakland ( Calf )
[WR] 11/09/2009 - Chris Henry IR ( Hand )
[OG] 11/19/2009 - Evan Mathis doubtful Sunday vs. Oakland ( Ankle )
[RB] 11/19/2009 - Cedric Benson is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs. Oakland ( Hip )
[FS] 11/18/2009 - Chris Crocker "?" Sunday vs. Oakland ( Calf )
[WR] 11/19/2009 - Laveranues Coles "?" Sunday vs. Oakland ( Head )
Posted: 11/29/09 7:05AM ET