Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Predictions, NFL Picks & NFL Odds: The battle for Ohio will take place this afternoon as the Browns visit the Queen City to take on the Bengals. Cincinnati will certainly have the upper hand in this in-state fued, but the explosive Browns (take that how you wish) are coming off of their highest point total of the season. Kickoff in this AFC North showdown is set for 1:00pm ET at Paul Brown Stadium; the game will be broadcast live on CBS. NFL Predictions at Sportsbetting.com have the Bengals listed as a -13.5 against the spread home favorite.
Browns Breakdown: Cleveland narrowly missed getting its second win of the season last Sunday, losing 37-38 to the Lions in Detroit. Instead, the Browns, which led 24-10 in the first quarter, were undone by a last second Detroit touchdown strike. Still, there were some positives for Eric Mangini's squad in the loss, even though it was their fifth straight. The offense, which has been abysmal all season, had an awakening, posting 22 first downs and 439 total yards. Granted, the increased production came against the woeful Lions, but Cleveland should take whatever it can get.
Quarterback Brady Quinn also had by far his best game as a professional, completing 21-of-33 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
"The real positives are, we have been struggling offensively and to have a game where we don't turn the ball over, to be able to get the production that we got and move the ball effectively…that's real progress and it's positive," Mangini said.
Bengals Breakdown: Cincinnati blew a great opportunity to build a two game lead on the Steelers last weekend as they fell in shocking 17-20 fashion at Oakland. However, the Bengals, at 7-3, did not lose any ground to Pittsburgh, which suffered an equally surprising loss in Kansas City.
Cincinnati dominated the Raiders statistically, but they were unable to overcome eight penalties and four turnovers. Quarterback Carson Palmer, who contributed to the negative turnover margin with a fourth quarter interception, completed 14-of-22 passes for 207 yards in the defeat.
Despite the slip up, Cincinnati, which is 3-2 at Paul Brown Stadium this season, has a great chance to win the division. Marvin Lewis' squad faces just two winning teams over its final six games (Minnesota, San Diego); the remaining four opponents are a combined 10-31.
NFL Predictions Betting Trend: The Bengals are 7-3 straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games as a home favorite in the month of November (Over 7-3 as well).
Cleveland Browns +13.5 (-110), Over 39 (-110), +600 (Moneyline)
Cincinnati Bengals -13.5 (-110), Under 39 (-110), -800 (Moneyline)
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