Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bengals (1-11) at Cleveland Browns (5-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns -7 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in week 14 NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to play spoiler while winning their second game of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost all five road games this season. Andy Dalton is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,495 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dalton and Ryan Finley have combined for 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate have combined for 1,317 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Alex Erickson has 30 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 78 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 643 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 24.8 points and 405 yards per game. Nick Vigil leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 94 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 5.5 sacks and Jessie Bates III has two interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns need their sixth win of the season to save their playoff hopes. The Cleveland Browns have won their last three home games. Baker Mayfield is completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,917 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Mayfield has at least one interception in nine of his 12 games this season. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 1,724 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Nick Chubb has 31 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 122.7 yards per contest, and Chubb leads the way with 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 22.7 points and 337.3 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 103 tackles, Myles Garrett has 10 sacks and Juston Burris has two interceptions.
The Bengals are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 vs. AFC. The Browns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC North, 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 12-3-2 in Bengals last 17 games overall. The under is 18-8-1 in Browns last 27 home games. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
This may be the stay away game of the week, as it's hard to make a case for the Cincinnati Bengals these days, but the Cleveland Browns continue to be one of the more underachieving teams in the league and just laid an egg last week against a third straight quarterback. The good news is the Bengals have been a covering machine on the road have their starting quarterback back. I just can't lay a full touchdown with a Browns team that finds ways to lose each week. If the Browns lost this game outright, it would surprise nobody. If you force me to pick, I'd grab the touchdown with the Bengals, but passing would be the better option.