Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - 12/29/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Browns (6-9) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-14)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +2.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals meet Sunday in NFL week 17 action at the Paul Brown Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns look for a win after losing three of their last four games. The Cleveland Browns have lost five straight road games. Baker Mayfield is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,548 yards, 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Mayfield has at least one interception in 12 of his 15 games this season. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 2,046 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Nick Chubb has 35 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 121.8 yards per contest, and Chubb leads the way with 1,453 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 24 points and 361.6 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 125 tackles, Myles Garrett has 10 sacks and Juston Burris has two interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bengals look for a win to end the season on a high note after a 1-14 record. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost five of their last six home games. Andy Dalton is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,304 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Dalton and Ryan Finley have combined for 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate have combined for 1,562 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Alex Erickson has 42 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 89.2 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 975 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 26.5 points and 399.1 yards per game. Shawn Williams leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 110 tackles, Sam Hubbard has seven sacks and Jessie Bates III has three interceptions.
The Browns are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road favorite, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bengals are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 41-14-3 in Browns last 58 games in December. The under is 10-4-2 in Bengals last 16 vs. AFC. The Browns are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The favorite is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Cincinnati and 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Cleveland Browns should win this game based on the talent gap, but we've been saying that about this club all year and look where they're at. The Cincinnati Bengals are playing better football as of late and probably get an honest effort here with the No. 1 pick already locked up. The Bengals no longer have to throw games down the toilet in fear of not getting the top selection. I want nothing to do with the Browns. It's Bengals and the points or pass for me.