The Cincinnati Bengals are on the road to face in-state and AFC North rival Cleveland Browns. The game kicks-off on FOX this Sunday, December 6 at 1 PM Eastern Time from the FirstEnergy Stadium.
The two sides met in a Week 9 Thursday Night Football tilt in which the Bengals posted a convincing 31-10 victory. Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns, and the team rushed for 152 yards in the simplistic affair.
After that game, both squads went on a two game losing streak. The Bengals did pull out a win last week while the Browns had a bye week sandwiched between losses.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns 7-Point Spread
The NFL week 13 betting spread favors the Bengals by one-touchdown to beat the Browns this weekend. For Cincinnati, the chance at a season sweep also offers a shot at 10 wins and further distance between themselves and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the division. Here’s a preview of the critical matchup.
What: Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-9)
When: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
Weather: 48° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Bengals -7
Game Total: 44
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Cincinnati vs Cleveland
If You Are Betting On The Cincinnati Bengals Spread At -7
The Cincinnati Bengals are 9-2 straight up and 9-1-1 against the spread this season. They average 27.0 points (4th), 260.2 passing yards (12th) and 116.0 rushing yards (9th) per game. Last week, they beat the St. Louis Rams by a 37-6 score. The win halted their brief skid with an effort reminiscent of its perfect first half of the season.
QB Andy Dalton (2971 yards, 23 TDs & 6 INTs) threw three touchdown passes, two of them to A.J. Green (65 rec, 909 yards, 6 TDs). Dalton was 20 of 27 for 233 yards. His touchdown passes to Green were of 9 and 18 yards. Green hadn’t caught two TDs in a game since the third week of the season in Baltimore. TE Tyler Eifert also had a 22-yarder, giving him the league lead with 12 TD catches.
“I felt like we played well in all phases of the game,” Dalton said. “It’s good to get a win, and it’s good to get a win the way we did.”
RB Giovani Bernard (115 att, 581 yards, 2 TDs) averages a team’s high 5.1 yards per carry this season. RB Jeremy Hill (140 att, 490 yards, 7 TDs) ran for a season-high 86 yards last week. He limped off the field in the fourth quarter and got his left ankle taped. He leads the team in rush attempts and touchdowns.
Cincinnati’s defense allows 17.5 points (1st), 244.0 passing yards (17th) and 99.8 rushing yards (13th) per game. Vincent Rey has 83 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 8.5 sacks, and Dre Kirkpatrick has 11 passes deflected.
If You Are Betting On The Cleveland Browns Spread At +7
The Cleveland Browns are 2-9 straight up and 3-7-1 against the spread this season. They average 19.4 points (28th), 261.5 passing yards (11th), and 74.5 rushing yards per game. The Browns are riding a crushing six game losing streak, capped by a last-second, heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night.
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For the third consecutive season, the Browns will start three different quarterbacks as Austin Davis (77 yards, 1 TD & 0 INT) has been named Sunday’s starter. He produced mixed results for St. Louis a season ago.
Veteran Josh McCown (2109 yards, 12 TDs & 4 INTs) began the season as the starter, but will miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. Johnny Manziel (933 yards, 5 TDs & 2 INTs) will be the backup after lying to the team about his extra-curricular activites went viral on social media.
Manziel lost his starting job after again being caught in an alcohol-fueled incident months after a stint in rehab, then decided to try and lie about the timing of his latest misstep that was captured on video during Cleveland’s bye week.
The team’s top wide-receiver, Travis Benjamin (54 rec, 826 yards, 5 TDs) scored last week after being skunked since week three. Eight-year breakout TE Gary Barnidge (55 rec, 758 yards, 7 TDs) has the third most touchdowns receptions amongst all tight ends this season.
The Browns rush game has been almost as embarrassing as their QB hoop-la. RB Isaiah Crowell (114 att, 335 yards, 1 TDs) has one of the two Browns running touchdowns this season. The other one belongs to McCown.
Cleveland’s defense allows 28.2 points (31st), 265.0 passing yards (25th), and 135.6 rushing yards (31st) per game. Karlos Dansby has 83 tackles and three interceptions, and Armonty Bryant has 3.5 sacks.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Cincinnati Bengals 5-0 On Road this season
- Cincinnati Bengals 9-5 On Road since last season
- Cleveland Browns 1-3-1 At Home this season
- Cleveland Browns 5-7-1 At Home since last season
- Cincinnati Bengals 6-1-1 As Favorite this season
- Cleveland Browns 2-5-1 As Underdog or PK this season
- Cincinnati Bengals 5-9 O-U On Road since last season
- Cleveland Browns 5-7 O-U When Line was 42 to 45 since last season
- Cincinnati Bengals 3-4 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
The Bengals are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in December, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC.
The Browns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
My NFL Week 13 Betting Pick: Bengals -7.
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Cincinnati: N/A.
- Cleveland: Josh McCown, Rob Housler, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.