AFC North foes meet up in Week 7 when the Cleveland Browns travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET on CBS. Cleveland has been one of the league's surprises through six weeks, going 4-2. The Browns, however, will be looking to bounce back after the Steelers blasted them 38-7 last week. The Bengals, meanwhile, are 1-4 overall, but have been strong against the spread with a 4-2 ATS mark.
William Hill lists Cleveland as the 3.5-point favorite, down half a point from the opening line, in the latest Browns vs. Bengals odds. The over-under for total points expected is set at 51, also down half a point. Before entering any Bengals vs. Browns picks, you'll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Bengals vs. Browns spread: Browns -3.5
- Bengals vs. Browns over-under: 51 points
- Bengals vs. Browns money line: Cincinnati +165, Cleveland -185
What you need to know about the Bengals
The Bengals lost 31-27 to the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday. Cincinnati went up 14-0 in the first quarter but squandered the lead. Joe Burrow passed for 313 yards and rushed for a TD last week, his fourth career game with 300-plus passing yards, tied for the most by any player in his first six games in NFL history. Burrow passed for 316 yards and three TDs vs. 0 INTs in the Week 2 meeting between the teams.
Joe Mixon has been ruled out for Week 7 because of a foot injury. Giovani Bernard, who rushed for his first TD of the season last week, is expected to start in Mixon's place. Tyler Boyd had five catches for 54 yards last week. He had seven catches for 72 yards and TD in the Week 2 meeting. Tee Higgins set career highs in catches (six) and yards (125) last week. Jessie Bates had 10 tackles in the Week 2 meeting. He leads all safeties with eight passes defensed this season. The Bengals have lost four of their past five meetings with the Browns.
What you need to know about the Browns
The Browns are hoping that Baker Mayfield is closer to 100 percent in this matchup. He played last week against the Steelers despite his chest injury, but was largely ineffective and didn't make it through the entire game. In the first matchup between these teams, Mayfield threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns as Cleveland averaged 7.5 yards per play in that 35-30 win.
Cleveland still doesn't have Nick Chubb, who is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Kareem Hunt, however, is a very capable replacement. He's accounted for a combined 221 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns over the past three weeks.
How to make Browns vs. Bengals picks
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