Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Betting Preview

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Betting Preview

Ayden Fahlstrom
1 year ago
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Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant attempts to catch pass in end zone vs. Cincinnati Bengals

To conclude the entire Week 8 slate of the NFL, we will have a great matchup as the Cincinnati Bengals head to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a big-time AFC North matchup. 

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The Favorite: Bengals Moneyline

After a dominate performance by the Bengals offense last week over the Atlanta Falcons, Joe Burrow seems to be back in Super Bowl-contending form. Burrow, who threw for 481 yards, had a rocky start to the season but has put together back-to-back impressive performances. 

He is finding his talented wide receivers for big-chunk plays reminiscent of his LSU days. That wide receiver corp has also come to form. Led by star standout Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals have also gotten elite-level play from Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. 

The Bengals are looking to march through the AFC North, as they have scored 30 points in consecutive games. After going 5-0, hitting the projected under, the over has hit in the Bengals last two. 

Cincinnati has won four out of its last five, but the Browns still may have a slight edge. Joe Burrow has yet to beat the Browns so far in his career and seems determined to change that course. 

The Bengals wide receiver room certainly is, as all three talented starting pass catchers have called out the Browns secondary in the offseason. Seeking retribution at this time is clever timing as the Browns defense, primarily their secondary, has been highly suspect. 

This hasn’t always felt like a rivalry game, but the Bengals are clearly looking to make a statement on Halloween night in front of a national crowd. 

The Browns +2.5

While the season isn't lost yet, the Browns come into this Monday night game needing a victory bad. Losing the last four, it seems that with one more loss, the Browns will switch the gears to preparing for next year instead of a playoff challenge. 

It’s speculated that the Browns have two critical names on the trade block, with Kareem Hunt and Greedy Williams. Many people assumed that with a loss on Monday Night Football, the Browns would-be sellers. This is undoubtedly not what fans had expected, but the Browns have not found their rhythm this season. 

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been serviceable, but critical unforced errors in late-game spots have stalled the Browns in the win column. The defense has improved with middle linebacker Deion Jones, but the abysmal play of the secondary and the health of the defensive line have the Browns on their heels. 

This Browns team always seems to play above expectations when facing the Bengals, but it’s still unsure who will be available. 

Middle linebacker and often oblivious Jacob Phillips will be lost for the year. Jadeveon Clowney has been dealing with an ankle, but it is still a questionable call. On offense, Kevin Stefanski’s hands may be tied as his tight end room is also doubtful. 

David Njoku, the Browns most consistent pass catcher, will be out with a sprain. It’s also unsure as to Kareem Hunt’s availability as he remains the most likely to be traded, and Stefanski may not risk an injury to him on the eve of the trade deadline. 

Expect Nick Chubb to continue on his tear as a runningback, but he is facing eight and nine-man fronts more frequently. I doubt Stefanski is keen on running him into the ground before Deshaun Watson returns.

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