NFL Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns – Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

It will be a battle of Ohio in week two as the Cleveland Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals. For Cleveland, they are looking to improve on their Week 1 performance. Cincinnati has a 51-42 record against Cleveland. The last time these two teams met, Cincinnati beat Cleveland by a 33-23 score on December 29, 2019.

Cleveland looks to improve off Week 1 performance

It was a rough first game for the Browns. Being beaten by the Ravens 34-6, J. K. Dobbins and Lamar Jackson could not be stopped. Jackson through for 275 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to rushing the ball seven times for 45 yards. Dobbins also showed his effectiveness on the ground. The rookie from Ohio State rushed the ball seven times for 22 yards and two touchdowns.

Cleveland could not stop Baltimore on the receiving end of things either. Marquise Brown caught five passes for 101 yards while Willie Snead IV caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Things were difficult for Cleveland defensively.

The lone positive moment for Cleveland in this game was a touchdown catch by tight end David Njoku. Baker Mayfield threw a pass from one yard out for the score.

Cincinnati falls just short in thrilling game

The Joe Burrow started early for Cincinnati, as he scored their first touchdown of the season on a 23-yard run. Burrow ended up finishing the day going 23-of-36 for 193 yards and an interception.

From there, all Cincinnati could muster was to field goals. Joe Mixon carried the ball 19 times for 63 yards, while A. J. Green caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Cleveland Browns/Cincinnati Bengals Betting Lines

Currently , BetOnline has Cleveland as the favorites at -6. The Bengals enter Thursday’s action at +6. Cincinnati enters the money line at +215, while Cleveland enters the money line at -255. The over under for this game is 44 ½. Although Cleveland is not a major favorite, they do have the slight advantage with these odds.

Free Betting Pick

For this game, I would take the Browns at -6. There is no doubt that Burrow and the Bengals have serious flash. However, Cleveland has slightly more experience. That veteran presence, especially on offense, should help the Browns eke out a win. The Bengals certainly have talent, but the Browns have experienced veterans leading the way.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -6

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