Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns - 1/9/22 NFL Picks and Prediction

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Cleveland Browns (7-9) vs Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

Game Info: Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Browns -1.5 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The AFC North Division Champion Cincinnati Bengals will visit the struggling Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Browns will be without Baker Mayfield which likely isn’t the worst thing for them as he has struggled.

The Bengals are dealing with Covid issues and will be without Mixon and Burrow for this one.

The Browns are coming off of a loss to the Steelers in their last time out. They looked uninspired in that one and it’s debatable if Baker and the Browns knew that that would be Baker’s last game this season. His performance was subpar to say the least. Mayfield completed 16 of 38 passing attempts for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns to two interceptions.

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Baker has put together a season that has been met under much scrutiny. He has thrown for 3,010 yards on 17 touchdowns to 13 interceptions for the Browns. Nick Chubb has been impressive on the run this year but he might sit for this on after taking a shot to the ribs against the Steelers.

The Browns offense averages 338.4 yards a game which is 18th in the league. They are scoring 20.5 points per game as they give up 319.6 yards and 22.2 points per game to their opponents. 

The Bengals defeated Kansas City by three points on Sunday in their last game as they clinched the division. Burrow continued to look like a future MVP with 446 yards threw the air completing 30 of 39 passes with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Joe Burrow has been impressive this season as he is coming into his own with this team. He has thrown for 4,611 yards with 34 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. If he can be a tad more efficient then the rest of the league must look out. 

The Bengals offense averages 372.8 yards a game which is 8th in the league. They are scoring 27.8 points per game as they give up 349.3 yards and 22.2 points per game to their opponents. 

The Browns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite. The Bengals are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Although they are empty handed in this one the Browns are just not that good. This play is more of a fade of the Browns and less of a play on the Bengals.

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