Bengals at Browns Betting Preview: Bengals (+5.5/-105), Browns (-5.5/-115)
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview
Quarterback Joe Burrow looks to build on his NFL debut when the Bengals play on the Thursday night stage against the host Browns. Burrow completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards and one interception in his first game but didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the 16-13 home loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick from LSU, was praised after the contest by veteran wideout A.J. Green, who said, “We got a special one in Joe.” Green caught five passes for 51 yards and Joe Mixon rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries in the opener and the Bengals hope to increase the production in Week 2.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap always loves lining up against the Browns and he has 12.5 sacks in 17 career games against the in-state rivals.
Kicker Randy Bullock missed a tying 31-yard field goal with two seconds left against the Chargers when he felt a grab in his left calf. The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert just in case.
Cleveland Browns Betting Preview
Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. will try to repair some connection issues when the Browns see the Bengals visit town on Thursday night.
Mayfield, the third-year-quarterback, targeted Beckham 10 times in the opening 38-6 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens but it amounted to just three receptions and 22 yards for Beckham. The yardage output was the second lowest of Beckham’s seven-year career.
Mayfield was 21-of-39 passing for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Ravens. The running back tandem of Kareem Hunt (72 yards on 13 carries) and Nick Chubb (60 yards on 10 carries) were effective in Week 1 despite the margin of defeat. But the defense had plenty of problems as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 80 percent of his passes (20 of 25) for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
Cleveland will have a new kicker in Cody Parkey after waiving Seibert (the latter was picked up the Bengals) for missing a field goal and extra point.
Bengals at Browns Betting Pick for Thursday Night Football
While the Bengals are getting accustomed to a new quarterback in Burrow, the Browns are trying to adapt to a new coach in Kevin Stefanski.
Cleveland looked far away from winning in Week 1 so taking the Bengals and the points is a solid play to start with and it will be no surprise if Cincinnati outright wins the contest.
Bengals at Browns Betting Pick: Bengals 26 Browns 20
Bengals at Browns Best Bet for Thursday Night Football
Even though it is a short week, you have to figure Mayfield and Beckham have spent (or will spend) time discussing their disconnect and working on ways to resolve it against the Bengals.
Mayfield passed for seven touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bengals as a rookie in 2018 before having just three scores and five picks last season. He topped 250 yards in three of the four contests.
Bengals at Browns Best Bet: Mayfield OVER 239.5 passing yards (-110)
–Field Level Media