Browns vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 17 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 24, 2019

Freddie Kitchens, Odell Beckham, Browns, 2019

After an offseason full of hype, the Browns are already primed to finish with a worse record than they did in 2018.

Cleveland
6-10
AT
December 29, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
2-14
Pointspread -3 +100
Moneyline -138
Over / Under o +43.5

74%

Betting Action

26%

Pointspread +3 -120
Moneyline +115
Over / Under u +43.5

74%

Betting Action

26%

The Cleveland Browns will complete an incredibly disappointing season when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17. After an offseason full of hype, Cleveland is already primed to finish with a worse record than they did in 2018. Now, the Browns will try to scrape their way to seven wins in order to avoid being embarrassed by a division and in-state rival. Cincinnati nearly completed one of the most improbable comebacks in NFL history against the Miami Dolphins last week before settling for 38-35 loss. Now at 1-14, the Bengals are already looking forward to next year with the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft locked up. They’ve been competitive of late, though, and might make this more of a test than the Browns think.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Cleveland is 6-9 SU and just 5-9-1 against the spread this season. However, the Browns have had some success against AFC North opponents, going 8-4 ATS in their last 12 contests against opponents from their division. Cleveland is also 3-1-1 ATS in its last five games when favored by at least three points.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati is 1-6 both SU and ATS at home this season. However, the Bengals are also 8-2 ATS in their past 10 games against the Browns. Cincinnati is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as a sports betting underdog.

Cleveland Browns

Every time it seemed as though Cleveland was on the verge of turning its season around, they came crashing right back down to earth shortly after. Baker Mayfield has failed to take the next step as expected in his sophomore season. Running back Nick Chubb has been a beast, but like wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., many of wondered whether or not he has been able to maximize his ultimate potential in this offense. Whatever the case, the Browns should have no problem beating the lowly Bengals this Sunday. However, there is no guarantee that they come out with the effort required to get the job done.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens is likely to get fired and there have been rumors that Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. want out. That means we’re not exactly sure if the Browns will care about this game or if they’ll mail it in.

Cincinnati Bengals

Just when it seemed as though the Bengals were going to give us one of the all-time greatest comebacks last week, they ended up ultimately losing in the extra frame. Cincinnati rallied from two scores down in the final couple of minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Miami Dolphins. Although they fell short, the fact that they’re a one-win team and kept fighting on the road shows that they haven’t quit on the season.

Andy Dalton could have something to prove heading into what could be his final start in a Bengals uniform. Dalton, who threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns in the loss to Miami, could be in line to deliver a similar performance this week. The Bengals outgained the Browns 451-333 in yards and 27-17 in first downs in the first meeting of the season. They went just one-for-five in the red zone and that was the difference in this game. If they can put forth a similar effort, they’ll probably win the game.

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