Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns - 9/17/20 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns - 9/17/20 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)

NFL Football: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8:20 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)

The Line: Cleveland Browns -6 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns duke it out in a week 2 AFC North division matchup in NFL action from FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night.

The Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to bounce back after a 16-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in their season opener last time out. Joe Burrow threw for 193 yards and an interception on 23 of 36 passing while also rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown. Joe Mixon led the Bengals with 69 rushing yards on 19 carries while A.J. Green led the Bengals’ receiving group with 5 catches for 51 yards. C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Boyd and Giovani Bernard each had 4 receptions as well in the losing effort for the Bengals. Defensively, Germaine Pratt led the Bengals with 12 total tackles as well as 7 solo tackles while Sam Hubbard had 9 total tackles and Josh Bynes had 8 total tackles with a sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

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The Cleveland Browns on the other hand, also dropped their season opener in disappointing fashion, falling to the Baltimore Ravens by a final score of 38-6. Baker Mayfield threw for 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 21 of 39 passing while Kareem Hunt rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and Nick Chubb had 10 carries for 60 yards. Jarvis Landry led Cleveland’s receiving group with 5 grabs for 61 yards and David Njoku had 3 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, B.J. Goodson led the Browns with 9 total tackles including 5 solo tackles while Adrian Clayborn had two tackles for a loss and Myles Garrett added a fumble recovery.

Cincinnati is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games. Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games within the division and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

Part of me wanted to take the over as both teams showed that they’re prone to giving up some big plays, especially Cleveland after what we saw against Baltimore, but these don’t seem like big play teams just yet and I could see these two sides trying to walk before they can run. I think that’s going to be the key to success in this one and Cleveland may try to take some shots downfield but I just don’t see them paying off just yet. I’m going to side with the under here as I could see a 24-17 game here, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.

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Chris’s Pick Under 43.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.