AFC North and in-state rivals are on a collision course for Week 10 Thursday Night Football when Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns visit Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals in battle of Ohio. The Bengals opened as 6 point favorites, since then the NFL week 10 Thursday Night football betting spread has bounced as high as 7 and now has settled at 6.5. Click here for more NFL odds.
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Matchup: Cleveland Browns Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
When: Thursday, November 6, 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch: NFL Network
Thursday Night Football Betting Spread: Bengals -6.5
Thursday Night Football Betting Moneyline: Browns +235 Vs Bengals -275
Thursday Night Football Betting Total: 44
Cleveland Stats Leaders
- Passing: Hoyer – 146-252, 2014 yds, 10 tds
- Rushing: Tate – 94 car, 308 yds, 3 tds
- Receiving: Hawkins – 39 rec, 504 yds, 1 td
Cincinnati Stats Leaders
- Passing: Dalton – 161-248, 1874 yds, 8 tds
- Rushing: Bernard – 109 car, 446 yds, 5 tds
- Receiving: Sanu – 39 rec, 628 yds, 4 tds
The Bengals are on track for a fourth-straight postseason appearance at 5-2-1 despite a wealth of injuries on both sides of the ball. The Browns are 5-3 and are playing a meaningful game in November in front of a national audience in primetime. According to my Redbull and Cheetos powered fact checking intern the Browns and Bengals haven’t played for first place in Week 10 or later since the 1986 season.
If you still need a reason to be excited about this TNF matchup, Bengals DT Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer will be in attendance. Leah Still has gotten well enough to travel, Still said Monday afternoon. For the first time since her father was drafted by the Bengals in 2012, Leah will make the trek to Cincinnati and see him play in person.
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"It’s going to be added motivation just knowing that my daughter is watching me," a smiling Still said about playing on Thursday Night Football. "I want her to be able to hear how the crowd cheers loud whenever I make a tackle, so I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can do to put a smile on her face."
If playing in front of Leah Still isn’t enough, home field gives the Bengals a distinct edge. The Bengals haven’t lost at Paul Brown Stadium since 2012, and the Browns have three fewer wins on the road. Cleveland hasn’t won more than one road game in a season since 2010.
Cleveland Vs. Cincinnati Thursday Night Football Betting Analysis
Cincinnati ranks 15th in total offense and 25th in defense, while going unbeaten in three one-possession games. Cleveland is tied for 19th in offense and ranks 22nd in yards allowed, getting four of their five wins by 10 points or less.
Cleveland’s biggest weakness is its run defense, and Cincinnati will likely be able to exploit it. Even without Giovani Bernard, the Bengals’ running game didn’t miss a beat in Week 9 with Jeremy Hill totaling 154 yards on 24 carries, and he is in store for another big game on Thursday against the Browns D that is 31st in the leauge at defending the run.
Bryan Hoyer has been one of the biggest surprises on the year and has kept Johnny Manziel on the bench. However in recent weeks, he’s starting to perform as most expected he would. He has tossed two interceptions in Week 9, after having thrown just two picks in the first seven games. In Week 7, he had his worst game of 2014, completing 16 of 41 pass attempts for 215 yards.
Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS and has scored at least 23 points in all but two games, while Cleveland is 4-3-1 ATS and has failed to reach 21 points just once.