Bengals vs. Browns Prediction
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bengals are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Browns. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 41.5 points. Cincinnati has won five straight over Cleveland, covering the spread in all five wins. Today’s game takes place from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio and will air live on CBS.
Cleveland fell to the Colts in Indy last week, 31-28. The Browns were somehow a road favorite and fell to 1-2 against the spread in the loss. Their lone cover was at home. The Browns are averaging just 18.7 points and 341.7 yards per game on offense this season. Cleveland hasn’t had much of a run game, as Isaiah Crowell is the leading rusher with 114 yards on 39 carries. Rookie DeShone Kizer has thrown for 646 yards and three touchdowns, but also has seven interceptions. Defensively, the Browns are giving up 25.3 points and 334 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing just 87.7 yards per game. Cleveland has yet to see Myles Garrett on the field as the No. 1 pick is dealing with an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable to play on Sunday.
Cincinnati fell to 0-3 on the season following an OT loss to the Packers in Green Bay last week. The Bengals are 2-1 against the spread on the season, covering in last week’s road game. Cincinnati is amassing just 11 points and 291.7 yards per game this season. Andy Dalton has thrown for 606 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. He also has been sacked 11 times. A.J. Green has caught 20 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Joe Mixon is the leading rusher with just 107 yards. The Cincinnati defense is doing what it can as the Bengals are allowing just 20 points and 316 yards per game.
The Browns looked like a competitive team in Week 1, but they have followed it up with a pair of rough showings. Even last week’s game saw them rally late to make it close. Cincinnati showed some heart last week but still found a way to lose. I believe the Bengals have too many pieces to lose this game. Cleveland will put up a fight, but I ultimately think the Bengals’ defense will shut down Kizer while Dalton finds a way to get them into the end zone a few times.
NFL WEEK 4 PREDICTION: CINCINNATI BENGALS -3