Cincinnati hopes to hit the brown note vs. Cleveland
Posted by: Mike Davis
The Cleveland Browns may feel that Paul Brown Stadium is a friendly place because of the late Cincinnati Bengals’ founder’s last name. This is not the case, though; au contraire, the Bengals hope to snap a two-game losing streak against the Browns on Sunday, October 23rd, and the online NFL betting odds are in their favor to do just that.
Browns +9½ (-110) 46 (-105) +345
The Browns went 0-6, their worst regular season start since 1999, following a 26-28 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Cleveland seemed on the verge of pulling another comeback at Nissan Stadium like they did in 2014. Browns QB Cody Kessler connected with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor for a 5-yard touchdown with 2:07 remaining and Cleveland down 28-13, but failed to make the two-point conversion. The Browns recovered the first onside kick, and running back Duke Johnson Jr. scored. Cleveland kicked another onside kick, but Andre Johnson recovered the ovoid for the Titans. Kessler finished 26 of 41 for 336 yards with two TD passes.
The Bengals lost second straight game this past Sunday to the New England Patriots, 17-35, and is 2-4 for the first time since the 2010 season – which ended up being their worst with head coach Marvin Lewis. Starting QB Andy Dalton threw 21 of 31 for 254 yards with one TD pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell, and ran for 17 yards on two carries for another score. Cincinnati had an evanescent 14-10 lead after halftime, but the Pats responded with an equal and opposite reaction to keep the Bengals winless in New England for 30 years.
As much of a letdown as the Bengals’ season is turning out to be, they remain online NFL betting favorites at most football betting sites to win on Sunday, but then they are playing the Browns. You local pee wee football team could probably beat the Browns. Cleveland ranks 11th in rushing yards (110.7), 19th in total yards (348.0), 22nd in passing yards (237.3), and 26th in points (18.8) per game. Additionally, the Browns are allowing 29.3 points and 403.3 total yards (285.3 in passing and 118.0 in rushing) per game on defense. And there really is no guarantee that a piano is not going to drop on Cody Kessler at any point during a game.
Cincinnati’s offense is not a paragon of effectiveness, even when compared to the Browns. The Bengals rank 24th in rushing yards (89.8) and 29th in points (18.2) per game. Cincinnati does rank 12th in total yards (364.8) and 6th in passing yards (275.0) per game, which is not that bad, and should be enough to live up to online NFL betting odds, given Cleveland’s shoddy defense. The Bengals are 4-1 against the spread versus a team with a losing record – and the Browns have the losing-est record in the league right now –, 14-6 against the spread after a loss, and 0-3-1 against the spread versus AFC North teams.