Cleveland’s Defense Could be Exposed by Potential Bengals Passing Game
Bengals vs Browns Betting Preview: The recent history of the series between the Browns and Bengals favors Cleveland. However, it will take some work for that trend to continue.
Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow is fifth in the odds to win the NFL’s regular season Most Valuable Player award.
When looking at the NFL standings 2022, the Bengals are tied for first place in the AFC North.
The Bengals (+160) are second to the Baltimore Ravens in the odds to win the AFC North Division title. Cleveland is priced at +1600.
The Cleveland Browns Super Bowl odds are priced at +12500 while the Bengals come in at +2200.
Game Information Bengals vs Browns
Game: Bengals 4-3; Browns 2-5
Date, time (TV):
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Over the last two games, Burrow is 64 of 79 for 781 yards with six touchdown passes and no interceptions in wins over New Orleans and Atlanta. That is one reason why visiting Cincinnati is favored in the Bengals vs Browns betting preview.
Cincinnati could be without Chase for the next 4-6 weeks. Chase is currently doubtful. He has eight catches for 75 yards in two losses to Cleveland a season ago.
It helps that all of his top receivers are back on the field. In those two games, Ja’Marr Chase had 15 catches for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Boyd had 15 catches for 221 yards while Tee Higgins had 140 yards on 13 receptions. However, Cincinnati could be without Chase for the next 4-6 weeks. Chase is currently doubtful. He has eight catches for 75 yards in two losses to Cleveland a season ago.
Tight end Hayden Hurst is dealing with groin and ankle injuries so Cincinnati could have fewer options when Burrow drops back to pass.
When the Browns were at their best in recent years, both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were utilized in the running game.
Chubb remains one of the top backs in the NFL season as he has four games with more than 100 yards and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Hunt has become a bit of an afterthought. He has run for 16 yards on nine carries over the last two games and his name is coming up in trade rumors.
Chubb ran for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns the last time the Bengals came to town. He was held to 64 yards on nine carries in the rematch.
Cleveland is third amongst/ in the NFL teams with 163.6 rushing yards per game and sixth overall in total offense. Cleveland ranks in the middle of the pack in total defense and that has been the issue and the reason why the host team is the underdog in the Bengals vs Browns betting preview.
Bengals vs Browns Injury Update
Cincinnati defensive end Jeff Gunter (knee) and linebacker Logan Wilson (shoulder) are probable. Offensive lineman La’el Collins (ankle), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck), defensive tackle Josh Tupou (calf) tight end Hayden Hurst (groin/ankle) and cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) are questionable. Receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip), tackle Isaiah Prince (wrist) and defensive lineman DJ Reader (knee) are out.
For the Browns, tight end Harrison Bryant (thumb) is probable. Tight end Pharaoh Brown (concussion), defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) and Myles Garrett (shoulder), offensive lineman Joe Haeg (concussion), cornerbacks Greg Newsome (oblique), Greedy Williams (illness) and Denzel Ward (concussion), linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee), defensive end Isaac Rochell (knee) and guard Wyatt Teller (calf) are questionable. Tight end David Njoku (ankle) is expected to miss 2-5 weeks.
Bengals vs Browns Head to Head
Cleveland has won seven of the last eight games against the Bengals. The Browns swept the season series in 2021, but that didn’t stop the Bengals from advancing to the Super Bowl.
Cleveland has won the last four home games against Cincinnati, however, each of those contests were decided by eight points or less.
The Bengals have covered in 12 of the last 15 meetings with the Browns.
Bengals vs Browns Betting Preview
Cleveland having three cornerbacks as questionable is not ideal with the way Cincinnati can throw the ball.
Cincinnati is currently the favorite, but the line could move based on the availability of the players on the injury report. Cincinnati hasn’t won in Cleveland since 2017 but that could change on Monday night.
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