Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bengals (6-8) at Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns -7 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since week 4-5. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost four of their last five road games. Jeff Driskel is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 775 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Driskel has one touchdown pass in each of his last four games. Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green have combined for 1,732 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while C.J. Uzomah has 38 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 103.9 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 995 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 29.5 points and 413 yards per game. Jessie Bates leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 98 tackles, Geno Atkins has 10 sacks and Shawn Williams has four interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Cleveland Browns have won four of their last six home games. Baker Mayfield is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,065 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Mayfield has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway have combined for 1,334 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while David Njoku has 50 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 121.2 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 860 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 24.9 points and 401.1 yards per game. Jamie Collins Sr. leads the Cleveland Browns with 92 tackles, Myles Garrett has 12.5 sacks and Damarious Randall has four interceptions.
The Bengals are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. AFC, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC North. The Browns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. AFC North and 18-37-1 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Cleveland and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Browns last 5 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Bengals last 7 road games.
The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a nice win over the Oakland Raiders, but five of their eight losses have been decided by 10 or more points and they've lost their last three road games by an average of 14.3 points. The Cleveland Browns are riding high on confidence, as they're having their best season in years, but they've been in nothing but close games and four of their six wins have been decided by six or less points. The Cincinnati Bengals have split their last eight games ATS when an underdog of at least seven points. The Cleveland Browns haven't been a favorite of at least seven points since their 2013 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. While we're getting a free touchdown, I don't trust these banged up Bengals on the road. I also just saw these Browns beat the hell out of the Bengals a few weeks ago and make comments about former coach Hue Jackson. The Browns clearly have some beef toward Jackson returning to the Bengals and enjoy sticking it to their former coach. I expect the Browns to lay the wood to the Benglas yet again.