Bengals vs. Browns Prediction
Could Sunday be the day the Cleveland Browns finally grab a win, or will the Cincinnati Bengals roll when they meet at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Bengals are favored on the road, as Cincy is getting odds of -5.5 points against the Browns. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 41.5 points. The Bengals have won four straight in this series, covering the spread in all four wins.
The Bengals snapped a four-game winless streak with a 32-14 win over the Eagles last week. Cincinnati is now 4-7-1 on the season and 4-8 against the spread. They are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five. The Bengals are giving up 21.6 points per game on defense while scoring just 20.4 points per game on offense. The torn hamstring of A.J. Green continues to create a massive hole in the Cincy offense. Andy Dalton has thrown for 3,375 yards and 14 touchdown, but the lack of his top target has created some problems. Jeremy Hill has run for 677 yards and seven touchdowns and the Bengals look to create more of a ground presence without Green in the lineup.
Cleveland is winless on the year at 0-12. They are coming off a 27-13 loss to the Giants last week. They are just 2-10 against the spread this year, having failed to cover in six straight games. The Cleveland offense is posting just 16.4 points and 338.9 yards per game. Robert Griffin III is finally returning to his starting role under center after being out since Week 1. Terrelle Pryor has 62 catches for 855 yards and four scores to lead the offense while Gary Barnidge has 40 catches for 468 yards and a score. Barnidge has a knee injury that he is dealing with, but he is listed as probable to play. The Cleveland defense is a mess, as they are allowing 29.3 points and 408.9 yards per game. They really struggle to stop the run, giving up 140.6 yards per game.
A lot of people are looking at this game as a potential Browns win to avoid a winless season. Certainly Cleveland should be motivated to try and get that lone win while the Bengals are banged up and don’t have much to play for. RG3 will want a good showing to prove he can still be a starting QB. I don’t expect a pretty game, but I think the Browns find a way to at least cover, if not win.
NFL WEEK 14 PREDICTION: CLEVELAND BROWNS +5.5