Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +3 -- Over/Under: 40 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals need a victory here in order to avoid an 0-4 start for the first time since 2008. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost seven of their last eight road games. Andy Dalton is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 606 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Dalton has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard have combined for 319 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Alex Erickson has four receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 89.7 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 107 yards on 35 carries. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 20 points and 292.7 yards per game. Vincent Rey leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 28 tackles, Geno Atkins has three sacks and Nick Vigil has one interception.
The Cleveland Browns also look for their first win of the season to avoid back-to-back 0-4 starts. The Cleveland Browns have lost 14 of their last 16 home games. DeShone Kizer is completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 646 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kizer and Kevin Hogan have combined for eight interceptions this season. Duke Johnson Jr. and Seth DeValve have combined for 292 receiving yards on 19 catches while Rashard Higgins has nine receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 87 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 114 yards on 39 carries. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 25.3 points and 320.7 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 22 tackles, Christian Kirksey has 1.5 sacks and Derrick Kindred has one interception.
The Bengals are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games, 10-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on grass. The Browns are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Bengals have won five straight against the Browns and six of the last seven meetings overall. The Bengals have outscored the Browns by a combined score of 91-30 in the last three meetings. Cincinnati finally showed signs of life offensively last week against the Packers and probably should have won that game. Even with Tyler Eifert out with injury, there’s enough weapons in place for that type of production to carry over to this game. The Browns are struggling with turnovers, can’t run the football and the defense is put in these tough situations time and time again. Also, if the Browns couldn’t beat a bad Colts team last weekend, it’s hard finding many games on their schedule that they can win. This also feels like a make or break game for the Bengals, as heads may start to roll if they start 0-4 and lose to the Browns.
I’ll lay the small line with the better football team.