Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Free Pick 9/29/13
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +5-- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals face off on Sunday in Cleveland in a NFL NFC North rivalry game.
The Cleveland Browns are coming off of the their first win of the year a gritty performance on the road. The represented and early validation of the new look Browns which included the trading of Trent Richardson and the Moving Brian Hoyer from third string to the starter at QB. Hoyer has completed 55.6 percent of his passes with three touchdowns, three interceptions and he has been sacked three times. Willis McGahee was picked up to take over for Richardson in the backfield and with limited practice his contribution was minimal as well. Jordan Cameron has 20 catches and four touchdowns, Davone Bess has 17 catches, Greg Little has 11 Catches, and Josh Gordon has become more integral to the offense with 10 catches. Defensively the Browns are one of the top teams in the NFL allowing 21.3 points and 300 yards per game with two interceptions, 12 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. D’Qwell Jackson has 27 tackles, Buster Skrine has 20 tackles, and Craig Robertson has 16 tackles. After their win last week the Browns are sky high with confidence.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off of a monster win over the Green Bay Packers and they are tied for first place in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens. The storyline for the Bengals all seas will be not just making it to the playoffs, but winning in the playoffs. QB Andy Dalton has completed 67 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked five times. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is still the workhorse in the backfield but Giovanlni Bernard is getting a more pronounced role averaging 5 yards per carry and catching six passes. A.J. Green has 19 catches and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals, Jermaine Gresham has 15 catches, and Mohamed Sanu has 13 catches. Defensively the Bengals are allowing 21.3 points and 333.3 yards per game and the have four interceptions, six sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
Cleveland is 3-7-1 against the spread following a win, 7-3-1 against the spread in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall. Cincinnati is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 5-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 3-7-2 against the spread against the AFC North. Cincinnati is 2-5-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
This looks to be a hard hitting defensive game and getting more than three points with the home team it makes the Browns a strong play.