- The Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) are 3.5-point road favorites over the Cleveland Browns (2-5) in Week 8
- Joe Burrow has an 0-3 record versus his AFC North rivals with Cleveland taking seven of the past eight games in the “Battle of Ohio”
- Monday Night Football on ESPN kicks off from FirstEnergy Stadium on October 31 at 8:15pm ET
Joe Burrow has been scary good of late, throwing for 781 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in consecutive victories over the Saints and Falcons. The 25-year-old will look to stay hot on Halloween night against a frighteningly bad Browns squad that has lost four straight.
Browns vs Bengals
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Cincinnati Bengals||-3.5 (-111)||-190||Ov 46 (-110)|
|Cleveland Browns||+3.5 (-109)||+165||Un 46 (-110)|
Burrow to Chase
After connecting with Ja’Marr Chase for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 7 win in New Orleans, Joe Burrow found his star receiver for 130 yards and two more scores in Sunday’s 35-17 victory over Atlanta. However, it was announced Wednesday that the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year will miss the next four-to-six games with a hip injury.
Cleveland is coming off a 23-20 loss to the Ravens – their fourth defeat this season by three points or fewer. With their playoff hopes fading, Kevin Stefanski’s club badly needs a W. After taking over as head coach in 2020, the Browns have swept the season series with his divisional rivals the past two years.
QBs who have multiple games with 500 Total Yards and 4 Total TD:
That's the list. pic.twitter.com/bKdmpWwuSt
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 23, 2022
Run the dang ball
Nick Chubb has an NFL-leading 740 rushing yards despite getting only 16 attempts last week and 12 in Week 6. Stefanski’s tendency to go away from his star running back in key moments has likely cost the Browns a chance at the postseason. While Deshaun Watson is eligible to return in Week 13 versus the Texans, Cleveland will be 2-6 heading into their Week 9 bye if they lose on Monday Night Football.
Browns vs Bengals
Cleveland is a 3.5-point home underdog versus Cincinnati on Monday night with the over/under set at 46 total points. After a slow start, the Bengals have won four of their past five games thanks to improved offensive line play and a heavier reliance on the passing game.
Burrow passed for 481 yards and three TDs versus Atlanta on Sunday. To capture his first career victory over the Browns, look for the reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week to keep airing out the ball to a finally healthy Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, who went for 155 yards and a TD in Week 7.
Nick Chubb isn't human 👽 pic.twitter.com/riTr5Pvmza
— PFF (@PFF) October 26, 2022
Will Zac Taylor stay pass-heavy without Chase against a Browns defense that is a bottom-10 unit against the run? Or will he turn the keys over to Joe Mixon, who has been terribly inefficient on the ground all season? Conversely, the Bengals are the tenth-best D versus the pass and only league-average against the run.
We don’t expect fireworks in this AFC North dogfight as Stefanski should utilize Chubb to slow the game down. But, Cincinnati is the far superior team even without their All-Pro receiver. We’ll take Burrow’s boys and the UNDER.
Final Score Prediction: Cincinnati 24, Browns 17
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