|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLOn Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns search for their first win of the regular season as they host the Cincinnati Bengals. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM ET in Cleveland Browns Stadium, and will be televised regionally on CBS.
The Bengals are coming off of a loss at home to the Miami Dolphins, 17-13. Despite enjoying a 298-279 edge in offensive yards, and holding onto the ball for 3 more minutes than Miami, the Bengals could not capitalize. Three turnovers hurt them, including 2 interceptions, and they were down 17-6 after three quarters. A Cincinnati touchdown early in the fourth quarter helped narrow the gap, but the Bengals had nothing left. QB Andy Dalton threw 26-of-43, for 234 yards, and the team's only touchdown.
The Browns suffered a defeat to the Giants in New York, 41-27. They are now the only team to remain winless in the NFL. The Giants held a 502-375 edge in offensive yards, including a 243-84 edge in rushing. They also held possession of the ball for 11 more minutes than the Browns. Cleveland was also hurt by turnovers, losing a fumble and throwing 2 interceptions. QB Brandon Weeden threw 22-of-35, for 291 yards, and 2 touchdowns, while WR Josh Gordon ran for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 2 catches. The Browns have scored 17 or more points in just 4 of their last 27 games.
In Cincinnati games, the underdog is on an 8-4-2 spread run. The Bengals have covered their last two games on the road by 10 and 15 ½ points. They are 2-2 ATS on the season, 2-1 ATS on the road, and 0-1 ATS as the favorite. Cleveland is on an 8-3-1 spread run, and are 4-0 ATS at home coming off of two losses. They are 2-2 ATS on the year, and 1-1 ATS as a home underdog.
These teams have met 23 times since 2001, with the Bengals holding a 15-8 edge. Their last meeting, on September 16, resulted in a Bengals victory, 34-27. Over their previous eight meetings from 2008-2011, the Browns have covered 5 times, with the Bengals covering 3 times.
For this Sunday's game, the oddsmakers from BetRoyal.com sportsbook have it listed as a pick'em. The line opened at -2 ½ points for Cincinnati, so check back all week to see if the NFL football odds change even further before gametime. The over/under is set at 44 points.
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