The final game of Week 8 in the NFL will be played between divisional foes in Cleveland on Sunday, October 31, and here you can check out the best Bengals vs. Browns betting pick and odds.
Cleveland is desperate to avoid the fifth loss in a row when they welcome Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals are 3-point favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 45 points. These AFC North foes have met twice in 2021, and the Browns won both games.
Bengals didn’t have problems with the Falcons
The Cincinnati Bengals (4-3-0, 5-2-0 ATS) secured the easiest win of the season as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 35-17 at home. It was a season-high 35 points for Cincy, who created a 21-point lead early in the second quarter and maintained a big lead for the remainder of the tilt. The Bengals dominated the total yards (537-214) and first downs (29-13) and fully deserved to win this one.
Joe Burrow was impressive as he completed 34 of 42 passes for a season-high 481 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing TD. Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase were unstoppable, and the Falcons’ secondary didn’t know how to deal with them. They combined for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 16 receptions (20 targets), while Tee Higgins contributed with 93 yards on five catches. Joe Mixon ran the ball 17 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Akeem Davis-Gaither was a standout on defense as he led the team with ten tackles.
WR Ja’Marr Chase suffered a hip injury, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks. LB Logan Wilson (shoulder) and TE Drew Sample (knee) are also unavailable to play on Monday against Cleveland. T La’el Collins (ankle), DE Trey Hendrickson (neck), DT Josh Tupou (calf), and WR Stanley Morgan (hamstring) are questionable.
Browns lost fourth in a row
The Cleveland Browns (2-5-0, 3-4-0 ATS) did open the NFL season with two wins out of the first three games, but they suffered four consecutive defeats since. While three of those four losses were one-possession games, the most recent is the most painful as it came to the divisional foes Baltimore Ravens on the road. Cleveland played well in the first quarter and had a 10-3 lead, but Baltimore took over and celebrated a 23-20 victory in the end. The Browns were better in total yards (336-254), but that didn’t help to win this game.
Jacoby Brissett completed 22 of 27 passes for 258 yards. He mainly focused on finding Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and David Njoku, all of which recorded 70+ receiving yards. Nick Chubb was the usual primary weapon on offense; he ended the clash with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Defensively, Sione Takitaki led the Browns with eight tackles.
TE David Njoku (ankle), LB Deion Jones (shoulder), QB Deshaun Watson (suspension), and LB Jacob Phillips (pectoral) are unavailable to face the Bengals on Monday. CB Denzel Ward (concussion) and G Wyatt Teller (calf) are questionable.
- 13-3 ATS in the last 16 games overall
- 13-3 ATS in the last 16 games following an ATS win
- 8-1 ATS in the last nine road games
- 10-1 ATS in the last 11 vs. AFC opponents
- 1-4 ATS in the last five home games
- 4-13 ATS in the last 17 vs. AFC North rivals
- 15-34-2 ATS in the last 51 vs. a team with a winning record
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Pick
Even without Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati is a better team than Cleveland, which is in lots of problems right now. Joe Burrow and Jacoby Brissett are incomparable, and the only segment where the Browns are better is the run offense. Nick Chubb has the ability to unlock any defense, but the Bengals will be ready for him, knowing that Brissett is not going to be very effective with throwing the ball, especially now when TE Njoku is unavailable. I think the visitors are well aware of the Browns’ game plan, and given that they’re better in both offense and defense, and are in a way better form, I am going with the Bengals.
Pick: Take the Bengals at -2.5 (-135)
Cleveland has the third-best run offense which averages 163.6 yards per game, and I expect the hosts to use Nick Chubb a lot and eat time from the game clock in order to keep Burrow away from the field. Cincy is neglecting its run offense and it uses Burrow’s passing abilities to find receivers, which is why the Bengals have a top-10 offense that averages 24.7 ppg. That offense might be slowed down a bit now when Chase is out, and that’s why I am opting for a low-scoring affair. Under is 6-2-1 in the last nine H2H meetings in Cleveland.
Pick: Go Under 46.5 points (-133)