The Cincinnati Bengals (4-3, 2-2 Away) head to take on the Cleveland Browns (2-5, 1-3 Home), who will be looking to snap their losing run, at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday. The Bengals are three-point favorites, and the total is 45.
Cincinnati is coming off a convincing 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium last Sunday. Joe Burrow was 34 of 42 for 481 yards and three touchdowns. Joe Mixon ran 17 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. He added three receptions for 33 yards.
Tyler Boyd was targeted nine times, catching eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland dropped a fourth straight game last Sunday, falling 23-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Jacoby Brissett threw for 258 yards. Nick Chubb carried 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper had three receptions for 74 yards.
The Browns won both games between the teams last season, including a 21-16 win in their last meeting in January, their fourth straight win against Cincinnati. Case Keenum threw two touchdowns for Cleveland.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Bengals are averaging 24.7 points per game for the season, eighth in the NFL, and they are facing a Browns defense that has surrendered 26.6 PPG (28th). Meanwhile, Cleveland has scored 24.0 points a game this season, 10th in the league, and Cincinnati is allowing 18.9 PPG (6th).
The Bengals rank as one of the league’s top teams in passing yards per game (302.9, 3rd), while they are 28th in rushing yards (87.4). The Browns are 11th in passing yards allowed per game (223.1) and 24th against the run (135.6).Cleveland has been one of the league’s top rushing teams, averaging 163.6 yards per game (4th), while ranking 23rd in passing yards (226.3). The Bengals are allowing 213.3 passing yards (8th) and 119.0 rushing yards per game (18th).
Through seven games, Joe Burrow has thrown for 15 touchdowns (5 INT) and 299.6 yards per game to lead Cincinnati in passing. In four away games this season, he has eight TDs (1 INT) and an average of 247.8 yards passing. Joe Mixon leads the team in rushing with an average of 57.9 yards a game over seven games. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Ja’Marr Chase is the Bengals’ leading receiver with 86.4 yards a game and six TDs.
He is averaging 6.7 receptions on 10.6 targets per game. Jacoby Brissett has six passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 226.3 yards per game through seven games to lead Cleveland. In four home games this season, he has thrown for five TDs (4 INT) and an average of 236.2 yards.
Nick Chubb has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 105.7 yards a game through seven games. He has eight touchdowns. Amari Cooper has been the primary target in the Browns’ passing game. He has four touchdowns and a 60.3 yard per game average through seven appearances. Amari Cooper is averaging 8.4 targets per game (4.9 receptions).
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Cleveland Browns (+150)
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