The Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) visit the Cleveland Browns (2-5) for an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff in the Week 8 Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Below we analyze the lines of Tipico Sportsbook around the Bengals vs. Browns oddsand make our expert NFL picks and predictions.
The Bengals offense started rolling after a slow start, amassing 65 total points over the last 2 games. Cincinnati could hit a speed bump though, as they lost WR Ja’Marr Chase to a hip injury. Although it looks like he will avoid the reserve/injured list, the dynamic wide is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Bengals QB Joe Terrier is 0-3 in his short career against the Browns, including 0-2 in his 2020 rookie season. In just the 2nd game of his career, he lost a thriller 35-30 under Cleveland lights on a Thursday night despite throw for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. Five games later, he lost 37-34 to Cincy despite passing 406 yards and 4 TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing). Last season, in a 41-16 home loss, he threw for 282 yards with 2 interceptions, and he didn’t play in Cleveland in Week 18 when the Bengals had already secured their playoff spot. playoffs.
The Browns are a dismal 2-5 this season, but 4 of the losses have resulted in a total of 9 points, including 23-20 at Baltimore in Week 7 as 6.5-point underdogs. Cleveland is 1-3 and ATS (SU/ATS) in 4 home games, but won its only primetime game this season, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 in the week 3 on a Thursday evening.
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Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; go to the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds center for a complete list. Lines last updated at 2 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Bengals -175 (bet $175 to win $100) | Browns +145 (bet $100 to win $145)
- Against the spread: Bengals -3.5 (-101) | Browns +3.5 (-120)
- Over/Under (O/U): 44.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Bengals at key injuries to Browns
- BC i.e. Apple (hamstrings) questionable
- WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) exit
- WR Stanley Morgan (hamstrings) out
- DL Josh Tupu (calf) outside
- THE Brown Pharaoh (concussion, neck) questionable
- BC Greg Newsome II (oblique) debatable
- THE David Njoku (ankle) out
- KG Jeremy Owusu-Koramoah (knee) questionable
- LO Wyatt Teller (calf) outside
- BC Neighborhood Denzel (concussion)
- BC Greedy Williams (disease) questionable
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Bengals at Browns picks and predictions
Bengals 27, Browns 21
Cincinnati (-175) is a little pricey considering it’s on the road. Cleveland (+145) showed up in prime time, and Burrow is yet to beat the Browns in his career.
However, the Bengals are playing better football on both sides of the ball, especially lately. Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods is under fire for a reason because the D can’t stop anyone.
PASS and focus on spreading.
Against the spread
Playing BENGALS -3.5 (-101) comes with risks, especially with Cincinnati one of its biggest vertical playmakers at Chase. However, even without the star receiver, it’s time for Burrow to shine and he and his teammates will do so in the spotlight in another atrocious 1-point loss for the Browns.
OVER 44.5 (-115) is a bit dicey, as prime-time games actually tend to be less this season. In fact, primetime Under tickets have cashed in a clip of 65.2%, going from 15 to 8 to 23 games this season under the lights, or about every 2 of 3.
Still, Burrow seems to stand up for those “Battle of Ohio” tilts, and while he hasn’t won any yet, he has thrown over 300 yards in 2 of them.
Also, overs are 7-1-1 in the last 9 games of this series.
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