Cleveland travels to Cincinnati for a big NFC North battle on Thursday, Nov. 5. The two NFL teams from Ohio are bitter rivals. So far this season, Cincinnati has been much better than Cleveland. But, Pittsburgh exposed some issues with Cincinnati. Could Cleveland really bounce the Bengals from the ranks of the unbeaten?
The NFL week 9 spread favors Cincinnati by 10-points to beat Cleveland. The game kicks off on the NFL Network this Thursday, November 5th at 8:25 PM ET.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Cleveland Browns Vs Cincinnati Bengals Spread
What: Cleveland Browns (2-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-0)
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Weather: 69° F | A Mixture of Sun and Clouds
Spread: Bengals -10
Moneyline: Cleveland +415 vs Cincinnati -525
Game Total: 46.5
Watch/Stream: NFL Network only
Listen: Cleveland vs Cincinnati
Why Bet On Cleveland to Beat Cincinnati (-11)
All signs point to Johnny Football starting in place of the injured McCown.
Yes, Cleveland is 2 and 6 on the season. The Browns have lost 3 in a row. The Browns are arguably one of the worst teams in the NFL. But, Cleveland hasn’t played all that badly.
For starters, the Browns almost upset Denver 23 to 26. They did beat Baltimore on the road 33 to 30 and they should have beaten San Diego on the road in a 27 to 30 loss. With two extra wins, Cleveland could be sitting on a 4 and 4, .500 record.
When Cleveland wins, or when the Browns get close to winning, it’s because QB Josh McCown is throwing the football to WR Travis Benjamin. Both St. Louis and Arizona shut down McCown to Benjamin, but the duo had a monster day against Denver 3 games ago when Benjamin caught 9 passes for 117 yards. Cincinnati’s defense allows 258.4 passing yards per game. It goes to reason that McCown to Benjamin could make the highlight reel on Thursday night.
Why Bet On Cincinnati (-11) to Beat Cleveland
The Bengals are the most balanced team in the league.
No matter what Cleveland does on offense, its defense is going to have a difficult time containing QB Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati offense. Dalton’s QB rating is still in the triple-digits at 107.6 even though he threw 2 interceptions to only one touchdown against the Steelers in Week 8 and ended up with a 64 QB rating.
Dalton should bounce back versus Cleveland’s D since the Browns allow 258.4 passing yards per game. Cincinnati might want to give the ball to RB Jeremy Hill in order to control the clock versus McCown and Benjamin.
When it comes down to it, Cincinnati is just the better team. But, the better team doesn’t always win the football game. Cleveland matches up well with the Bengals. Expect Cincy to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten on Thursday night. My final score prediction is Cleveland 35, Cincinnati 31.