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Struggling Bengals Look for Lift in Home Date with Winless Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals will try to record consecutive SU wins for just the second time this season when they welcome the winless Cleveland Browns to town for a Week 12 matchup between AFC North rivals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are coming off a 20-17 upset win in Denver as 2.5-point underdogs while the Browns fell to 0-10 SU with last Sunday’s 19-7 loss to the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars as 7-point underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Bengals are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games at home against teams with losing records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Bengals’ last six games at home.
  • The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as underdog.

The 4-6 Bengals currently sit outside the NFL playoff picture, but the squad has shown signs of turning the corner, winning SU in four of seven, including victories in their past two home dates. However, point production remains a problem. Cincinnati has averaged just 15.7 points per game over its past three, and has been limited to 14 or fewer points on four occasions, including two home dates.

The winless Browns have particularly struggled on the road, losing SU in 17 straight, dating back to October 2015, including 12 losses by double-digit margins. Cleveland has also regularly given up big point totals on the road this season, allowing 34 ppg over its past three, and has not covered in its past eight road contests.

Not surprisingly, the Bengals have dominated in recent matchups with their cross-state rivals, winning outright in six straight by an average margin of 22.7 ppg, including a 31-7 victory in Cleveland as 3-point chalk in Week 4. The UNDER has regularly prevailed in meetings between these rivals, going 6-1 over the past seven.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds at sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Cincinnati Bengals pegged as 8-point favorites in this betting matchup. The total, meanwhile, was listed by books like TopBet at 38.

OddsShark NFL prediction models pointed to a 26-12 result in favor of the Bengals on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-6 overall and 5-5 against the spread, while the Browns are 0-10 and 2-8 ATS. As for the totals, Cincinnati is 4-5-1 on the OU, and Cleveland is 4-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cincinnati vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 22 (Cincinnati Bengals) and the No. 31 (Cleveland Browns) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 29-ranked offense (16.9 PPG) against a Cleveland Browns defense that ranks No. 27 at 25.9 PPG. The Bengals passing attack has averaged 197.6 yards per game, less than the Browns give up through the air (222 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Browns own the league's No. 16-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 113.75 yards per game when on the road. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Browns were Week 11 losers coming out on the wrong end of 19-7 score against Jacksonville.

Cincinnati comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Andy Dalton in defeating the Broncos 20-17.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland's last 18 games
  • Cleveland is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cincinnati's last 18 games
  • Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games at home
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Los Angeles, Sunday, December 3
Cincinnati home to Pittsburgh, Monday, December 4