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NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

January 7, 2024


The Cleveland Browns will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season with the game scheduled to start at 1:00 PM ET and will air on CBS.



Cleveland is already locked into the 5 seed in the AFC with a record of 11-5 and is on a four-game winning streak following a 37-20 win at home against the New York Jets in week 17 of the NFL season. The Browns have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL over the last four weeks as they enter this game averaging 31 points per game during their win streak. 



The Browns have been an above-average scoring team this season as they are averaging 23.88 points per game which ranks 9th in the NFL while also having an above-average scoring defense as they are allowing an average of 20.69 points per game which is the 11th fewest points allowed per game this season. The Cleveland Browns will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals.



The Cincinnati Bengals have been eliminated from playoff contention as they enter this game with a record of 8-8 and are on a two-game losing streak following a 17-25 loss on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs and are in last place in the AFC North. The Bengals have been a below-average scoring defense as they are allowing an average of 23.13 points per game which is more than the league average of 21.96 points per game while also having a below-average scoring offense as they are averaging 20.94 points per game. 



Ja’Marr Chase has been one of the lone bright spots on offense for the Bengals as he enters this game leading the team in receiving with 96 receptions for 1,197 yards and seven touchdowns. The Cincinnati Bengals will look to end their two-game losing streak when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon.



BookMaker has the Cincinnati Bengals listed as 5-point favorites at home against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season. Cleveland has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while the Bengals are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Browns are 2-1 ATS in the last three games. 



The Cleveland Browns are 10-5-1 ATS overall, 2-4-1 ATS on the road, 2-3-1 ATS as an underdog, and 3-2 ATS in division games this season while the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-8-2 ATS overall, 3-3-2 ATS at home, 4-4-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-5 ATS in division games on the year.



Cleveland enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Browns have also been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 10-5-1 ATS overall while the Bengals are 6-8-2 ATS overall and have not covered the spread in any of their division games with a record of 0-5 ATS in division games. Take the points with the Cleveland Browns when they travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals in week 18 of the NFL season.



Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Browns +5