Game Preview - Browns underdogs vs Bengals at Cincinnati
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The Cincinnati Bengals nearly pulled off a minor miracle Sunday in Baltimore, but lost in overtime, its third OT game this season.
Cincy now will try to exact a measure of revenge for another defeat from earlier this season when it hosts the 4-5 Cleveland Browns for the second Battle of Ohio of this season Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium (1 pm ET, CBS).
Despite Sunday's loss the Bengals still lead the AFC North by a game and a half over the Browns and Ravens.
Cleveland is coming off its bye week, after beating Baltimore two weeks ago 24-18. The Brownies also won the first game this season against their in-state rivals, beating the Bengals back in September 17-6.
In the early betting on this week's game Cincy was favored by six points over Cleveland.
Trends include the Browns at 5-1-1 ATS in their past seven games after a bye week; Browns are 1-8 SU past nine games vs Ravens; Browns 2-17 SU past 19 road games; Bengals 7-1 ATS past eight home games; Bengals played six straight divisional UNDERs; Browns 8-3-1 ATS past 12 divisional games.
They battle the Browns, currently with a 4-5 mark (5-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 5-5 for the Bengals and 4-4-1 for the Browns.
Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Bengals as -6.5-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 41.5.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Bengals at No. 6 and the Browns at No. 21 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 24-17 result in favor of the Bengals.
In their last action, Cleveland was a 24-18 winner at home against the Ravens. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (42) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last gridiron battle, A.J. Green did much of the damage, producing 151 receiving yards but Cincinnati managed to defeat the Bengals 20-17 at M&T Bank Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 17-ranked offense (23.4 PPG) against a Browns defense that ranks No. 11 at 21.89 PPG. The Bengals passing attack has averaged 270.5 yards per game, more than the Browns give up through the air (217.44 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Browns feature the league's No. 20-rated road run defense, allowing 118.25 yards per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.
A few Browns at Bengals trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Cleveland is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Cleveland is 2-17 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Cincinnati is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Cincinnati's last 19 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Sunday, November 24th
Cincinnati at San Diego, Sunday, December 1st