The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday. Twelve games are up on the board throughout October 25. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. These two teams have played solid throughout the season and will look for a big divisional win. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Browns have earned a record of 4-2 throughout this season, which has them in third place of a competitive AFC North division. Cleveland has done well to start out this season, but losses to Pittsburgh and Baltimore have dropped them in the division standings. The Browns will look to bounce back with a big win against the Bengals.
Cincinnati has put up a record of 1-4-1 so far this season, which has them in fourth place in the AFC North. The Bengals have struggled a bit throughout this season but could still step up as the season progresses. Cincinnati will look to bounce back with a big win against the Cleveland at home this week as they try to crawl back into playoff contention.
These two teams have looked solid at times this season but are both further down in their division. This will be a big matchup as it is the final divisional game between the Browns and the Bengals this season. I expect both teams to come out quickly in this one as they look to earn a big win on Sunday afternoon. This could be an exciting game in the early window.
The Browns and the Bengals met up for the first time this season back in Week 2 in Cleveland on Thursday Night Football. Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes on the night. Baker Mayfield had two passing touchdowns, while Nick Chubb ran in two touchdowns. Kareem Hunt finished off the Bengals with another rushing touchdown as Cleveland won 35-30.
The Browns met up with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week on the road. Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass, but that was all the offense Cleveland could muster. James Connor, Chase Claypool and Benny Snell Jr. all rushed for touchdowns. Minkah Fitzpatrick had a pick six as the Steelers destroyed the Browns with a 38-7 win.
Cincinnati faced off against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. Giovani Benard, Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon all rushed for touchdowns as the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and Trey Burton had a rushing and receiving touchdown as the Colts were able to pull off the comeback to win 31-27.
These two teams are coming off touch losses in last week. The Browns were dominated by their division rival, while the Bengals blew a 21-0 lead to the Colts. I expect both teams to try and bounce back in this one as they look for a big win on Sunday afternoon. If either team can jump out to an early lead, they could be able to hold off their rival.
Baker Mayfield will start under center for the Browns. Mayfield has been doing well throughout this season. He has thrown for 1095 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Mayfield had a tough outing against the Steelers last week. He went 10-18 for 119 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions before being benched for Case Keenum.
Joe Burrow will look to continue his impressive rookie season with Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon. Burrow has started this season, throwing for 1617 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Burrow has also rushed for 2 touchdowns. Last week, Burrow went 25-39 for 313 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, but rushed for a touchdown.
These two Quarterbacks have had bright moments throughout this season, but have also struggled at times. Neither QB had a great performance last week, but they will both look to bounce back with a win in this one. The Browns will need Mayfield to come out with a chip on his shoulder after being benched for Keenum last week.
Cleveland has been solid on the offensive end throughout this season. The Browns have scored 163 points this season, which is 12th in the NFL. Cleveland has also gained 2153 yards of offense this season, which is 19th in the league. The Browns have allowed 187 points and 2194 yards to their opponents, which is 30th and 19th in the NFL.
The Bengals offense has shined at points in the season but struggled at others. Cincinnati has been to score 129 points and gain 2060 yards of offense this season, which are both 26th in the NFL this season. The Bengals have allowed opposing teams to score 157 points, which is 17th in the NFL. Cincinnati has allowed 2368, which is 25th in the league.
The Browns have had the better offense this season, but Cincinnati has had the better defense. In their two losses, Cleveland has failed to score more than 7 points. If the Browns can get the offense going again in this one, it will give them a good chance to earn a big win. Cleveland will also look for their defense to step up to shut down the Bengals in this one.
The Browns and the Bengals will both look for a big win in this early season divisional tilt. I expect both teams to come out strong on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland has shown serious promise early in the season, but were embarrassed by the Steelers. I think Baker Mayfield and the Browns will come out hot in this one though after being blown out last week.
BetOnline has Cleveland listed as a -3 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Browns in this one. I believe that this line is right. While this game is in Cincinnati, I expect the Browns to come out hot in this one. I like how Cleveland has clicked at times this season and I believe they will do it again against a struggling Bengals team on Sunday.