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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Pick & Prediction JAN 9TH 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: CBS | FOX
Logo Cincinnati Bengals
VS
Logo Cleveland Browns
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OPENNER
45.5

7 -130
CURRENT
45.5o -110

+220
MONEYLINE
-260

16
SCORE
21

The Cincinnati Bengals will close their regular season against an AFC North rival. They’ve won the AFC North but will likely still have a few starters in.

One of the biggest questions we have is whether or not they’ll have all of them in. Most of the top spots in the playoffs are already taken, and the Bengals are already in. It’s probably not worth it to risk any significant injuries.

The Cleveland Browns are playing to end their season on a high note. They won’t be making the playoffs this year but could end the season with an average record.

Taking on the Bengals will be a tough matchup, though, especially if they have all of their starters in. Cleveland is actually favored in this game which tells us at least a few starters will be out on Sunday.

Bengals vs. Browns Odds

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Bengals (+105) vs. Browns (-119)

SPREAD: Bengals +1.5 (-110) vs. Browns -1.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 45.5 (-110) vs. Under 45.5 (-110)

Bengals at Browns Preview, Trends and Stats

The Bengals have had an incredible season and can top it off with a win here. Even though they’re an “underdog,” don’t underestimate the talented Bengals offense.

They’ll likely still have players such as Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase on the field. The Browns were able to put a lot of points up against the Bengals in the first meeting. The defense will need to fix that.

When these two faced earlier this season, the Bengals lost 41-16. However, the Bengals have also swept everyone else in the AFC North.

They’ll only be able to break even against the Browns, but you know they want this win. Closing out the year with a huge win will get them into the right mentality for the playoffs.

A lot of the pressure falls on Baker Mayfield to get a win over the Bengals to end the season. However, there are a lot of outside elements that could be troublesome.

For starters, it’ll be very cold, so passing the ball might not be too prevalent. That slightly works in the Browns favor, though, as that could limit the deep shots. It also could allow them to focus on the run.

The Cleveland Browns are one of the best at gaining yards on the ground. On average, the Browns rush for over 144 yards per game.

This running offense will do well against the Bengals, who might not be as electric on offense. It’ll hand control of the game over to the Browns, which is exactly what they need.

Bengals vs. Browns Predictions

Bengals 20 - Browns 25

The Bengals are 9-7 against the spread this year, which is a pretty strong record. The Browns, on the other hand, are 7-8 against the spread this year.

The main concern we have is who will be in the starting lineup for the Bengals. They could easily win this game with the right pieces. However, they won’t want to risk an injury just for a regular-season game.

That being said, it’s a much smarter bet to take the Cleveland Browns here. They already got a win over the Bengals earlier this season and can control the flow of the game.

If just a few starters are out for the Bengals, this game will go to the Browns. They also don’t have a large spread to cover, which definitely helps.

EXTRA POINTS

1. In their last ten games, the Browns are 6-4 against the Bengals.

2. On average, the Browns only allow 215.13 passing yards per game.

3. The Browns have the No.17 defense in the NFL, allowing only 21.9 points per game.

Best Bet: Cleveland Browns -1.5

PREDICTION
Cincinnati Bengals
16
23
Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Recap JAN 9TH 2022

The Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North, but the host Cleveland Browns continued their recent dominance in this interstate series with a 21-16 victory in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Cleveland (8-9) snapped a three-game skid and ended a disappointing season with their fourth straight win over the Bengals (10-7), who clinched the division title and a playoff spot a week ago.

Case Keenum improved to 2-0 this season as the Cleveland starting quarterback and completed 17 of 24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as a replacement for the injured Baker Mayfield. D'Ernest Johnson powered the offense with 123 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

The Bengals played backups virtually across the board -- including quarterback Brandon Allen in place of a resting Joe Burrow -- thanks to a secured playoff spot in hand and more than a half-dozen additions to the reserve/COVID list during the week.

The one notable exception was wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, who played the first five offensive snaps and then was subbed out. It was enough for Chase to catch two passes for 26 yards, which gave him the Cincinnati single-season receiving yardage record of 1,455 yards -- topping Chad Johnson (2007, 1,440).

The Bengals finished with a season low of 182 total yards, had seven punts, and just 11 first downs. Allen was 15 of 29 for 136 yards and a touchdown; he was sacked four times. The Browns more than doubled the Bengals' yardage (376).

The Bengals even used a backup kicker, as Elliott Fry hit a 36-yard field goal with 5:05 left in the third quarter to close to within 14-10.

The Browns put the game away with 7:14 left as Keenum flipped a 10-yard touchdown to rookie Demetric Felton for a 21-10 lead. Allen threw a 4-yard touchdown to Chris Evans with 2:26 left, but the Bengals failed on a two-point conversion and Cleveland recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Keenum was sharp early, and piloted two early touchdown drives for a 14-0 lead for the Browns. He found Jarvis Landry for a 26-yard score late in the first quarter, and Johnson made it 14-0 with his 4-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

But Keenum let Cincinnati hang around as well. Wyatt Ray's strip-sack on Keenum led to Trayvon Henderson's 29-yard fumble return touchdown to get the Bengals on the board. Keenum was then picked off by Mike Hilton in the end zone on the final play of the first half.

Cleveland outgained Cincinnati 233-65 in the first half as Allen hit 6 of 13 passes for just 58 yards. The Bengals had three first downs in the half compared to 15 for the Browns.

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