Bengals vs. Browns Point Spread: NFL Week 14 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 03, 2019

Zac Taylor, Bengals, 2019

The Bengals finally picked up their first win of the season last week against the Jets. Can they make it two in a row when they battle state rival Cleveland?

Cincinnati
2-14
AT
December 08, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland
6-10
Pointspread +7 -126
Moneyline +227
Over / Under o +43.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

Pointspread -7 +105
Moneyline -275
Over / Under u +43.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

The Cincinnati Bengals finally picked up their first win of the season. While it’s been a rough year for the Bengals, the team at least looked competent and competitive this past Sunday with Andy Dalton back in the starting lineup as he led them to a 22-6 win over the New York Jets.

As for the Cleveland Browns, they’re fresh off another disappointment, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their third-string quarterback to fall to 5-7. They continue to be plagued by miscues and inconsistencies. While it already looks like head coach Freddie Kitchens will be a one-and-done as head coach, there might be a riot if the Browns can’t win as a huge favorite.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Bengals have been an underdog almost every week this season and they’re just 1-10-1 SU in that role, although they’re 5-5-1 ATS. They’ve been reliable on the road, covering four of five away games. They’ve covered two straight times in this series and three of the four meetings overall.

The Browns have been all over the place this year and can be unpredictable at times. Last week was their first loss to a division rival but they are 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six following the loss to a team from the AFC North. The total has gone under in four of the last six for the Browns and 15 of their last 20 in games played in December.

Cincinnati Bengals

Sitting at 1-11 on the season, there hasn’t been a whole lot to smile about for the Cincinnati Bengals. But in Week 13, they were able to pick up their first win against the New York Jets and they looked quite solid in the process. After missing three weeks of action, Andy Dalton was huge for the Bengals. He finished the day 22-of-37 for 243 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers. He set new franchise marks for passing touchdowns (197) and completions (2,654).

Dalton was instrumental as he completed 70% of his passes in the first half and had the Bengals up 17-6. Ryan Finley completed just 47.1% of his passes and totaled just 474 yards in his three starts. Dalton didn’t exactly get much help from the running game either as they contributed just 44 rushing yards this past week.

The key for the Bengals was limiting the mistakes. They had no turnovers and just two penalties for 15 yards. If they can do the same this week – especially against a team that piles up the mistakes – the Bengals will have a shot.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns certainly haven’t been the team they hoped to be as they’re just 5-7. The play of Baker Mayfield has been a bit sporadic and last Sunday was another episode. He played great early on, leading the Browns to 10 points and 147 yards after three drives. They would go on to add just 132 yards and three points on their remaining seven drives.

As per usual, self-inflicted wounds were a factor as Mayfield had two turnovers, the team committed five penalties for 34 yards and the team was just one-of-three in the red zone.

It’s been said many times but for the Browns to win, they’re going to need their skill players to get going. Nick Chubb currently sits first in the NFL with 1175 total yards rushing but had just 58 rushing yards against Pittsburgh. He has to feast this week against a run defense that ranks dead-last in the NFL. As for Odell Beckham Jr., this may sound like a broken record but it might behoove the Browns to get him the ball. The Bengals allow 8.5 yards-per-attempt, which is tied for the most in the NFL. He should have good opportunities to get going this week.

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