Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns both seek their first win of the year as they face off at Paul Brown Stadium for a week two AFC North NFL game. The Bengals are -9 point favorites over the Browns with an over/under point total set at 40.5.
The Cincinnati Bengals took their share of lumps in their season opener as they stayed close with the Ravens for a little over a half before getting pounded late. QB Andy Dalton felt the heat in the opener in Baltimore as he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes but was sacked four times, had an interception, and didn’t throw a touchdown pass. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was part of the good news for the Bengals as he was a marked improvement over their non-existent running game a year ago averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown. Andrew Hawkins had eight catches, A.J. Green had five catches, and Armon Binns looked sharp catching four passes. Defensively Cincinnati didn’t get it done as they allowed 122 rushing yards and 308 passing yards while recording four sacks. Reggie Nelson led the way for the defense with eight tackles, Manny Lawson had six tackles, and Geno Atkins had two sacks. The Bengals still looked like a work in progress in week one and they can only hope progress comes quickly.
The Cleveland Browns have been a work in progress for quite some time and from what we saw in week one they don’t appear to be very close to being ready to compete. QB Brandon Weeden had a miserable first NFL game as he completed just 34.3 percent of his passes for 118 yards and four interceptions. Trent Richardson looked nothing like the running back we saw last year at Alabama as he averaged 2.1 yards per carry and rushing for just 39 yards. As the Browns’ offense struggled so did their receivers with Mohamed Massa quoi catching three passes for 41 yards to lead Cleveland while Josh Gordon, Brandon Jackson, and Benjamin Watson each had two catches. The Browns defense allowed 150 yards on the ground and 306 yards passing but they came up with four interceptions of their own and two sacks. Craig Robertson had nine tackles and T.J. Ward and Buster Skrine had eight tackles and D’Qwell Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown but it just wasn’t their day as they allowed a late touchdown that cost them the game. If the Browns don’t turn things around in a hurry it could be an ugly season in Cleveland.
Cincinnati is 5-1-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 0-7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against AFC teams. Cleveland is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against AFC teams, and 5-0 against the spread following a loss. The underdog is 9-1 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.
This one looks like it is going to be a physical game and in today’s NFL that means close so taking the points in this rivalry game seems to be the play as I see the Bengals getting a narrow win.
Cleveland Browns +9 Cincinnati Bengals