Okay BetUS NFL betting faithful, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals will both be looking to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole when they square off in their Week 2 AFC North divisional battle Thursday night. Can Baker Mayfield and the Browns rebound from their embarrassing Week 1 loss or will rookie Joe Burrow lead the Bengals to the big road upset? Let’s find out where the best online NFL betting value lies in this matchup.
Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati (0-1) at Cleveland (0-1)
|When: Thursday, at 8:20 PM ET|
|Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH|
|Cincinnati +6 -115|
|Cleveland -6 -105|
Cincinnati may have suffered a narrow 16-13 home loss against the LA Chargers on Sunday, but the Bengals put forth a great effort and certainly didn’t get embarrassed. No. 1 overall draft pick, Joe Burrow passed for 193 yards and although he failed to throw a TD pass and tossed one interception, the former LSU star did finish with 46 rushing yards on eight carries with an impressive 23-yard rushing touchdown scamper.
Looking at Cincy’s defense we can also see it was quite respectable in limiting the Bolts to six points through three quarters before allowing 10 points in the final frame. The Bengals actually had a chance to send the game into overtime before kicker Randy Bullock missed a potential game-tying kick from 31 yards with two seconds remaining. While Burrow had no preseason action and was the only rookie signal-caller to start in Week 1, he also took blame for the loss like a seasoned veteran.
“I made too many mistakes to win the game,” Burrow said.
|8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog|
|7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 2.|
|33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games in September.|
|3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.|
Cleveland also lost in Week 1, however, the Browns were embarrassed. The results of their smackdown defeat against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens Sunday was 38-6. More importantly, third-year quarterback Baker Mayfield looked like a frightened rookie, completing 21-of-39 passes for a modest 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Defensively, the Browns allowed Jackson, the league’s reigning MVP, to pass for 275 yards and three scores while adding 45 rushing yards for good measure. Cleveland got 72 rushing yards from Kareem Hunt and 60 rushing yards from Nick Chubb, but it wasn’t enough as the Browns were shut out for the game’s final three quarters.
“Very disappointed, obviously,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, said of his team’s effort. “But credit goes to the Baltimore Ravens. They deserved to win. They outcoached us, they outplayed us. We did a lot of things losing teams do.”
The Browns and Bengals split their regular-season meetings a year ago with Cleveland winning 27-19 at home on Dec. 8 and Cincinnati getting some revenge by recording a 33-23 home win on Dec. 29. Cincinnati has gone 7-3 ATS in the last 10 matchups against Cleveland.
|3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite.|
|7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games.|
|3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.|
|9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 vs. AFC North.|
|3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games on grass.|
|1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 2 Head-to-Head Trends
|The favorite is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings.|
|The Bengals are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings|
|The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Cleveland.|
|Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland.|
|Over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.|
Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 2 Picks
A convincing 65% public bettors are backing the Bengals as of this writing. I believe those NFL betting enthusiasts are absolutely correct in their collective belief the Bengals and the points are the play. Cincinnati’s defense looked fantastic in limiting a good Chargers team to 16 points. I don’t believe Mayfield is going to out-perform what Tyrod Taylor did under center for the Bolts in Week 2. Moreover, the top overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has regressed immensely since his rookie campaign. Now, he looks like a mediocre signal-caller that lacks, arm strength, accuracy, and pocket presence.
On the flip side of the coin, Burrow didn’t look overmatched against the Chargers. The Charger defense has a pair of elite defensive ends and a good, if underrated, head coach in Anthony Lynn. I’d like to pick the Bengals for the outright win, but I think Cleveland escapes with the narrow home win, out of desperation, if nothing else!