Sunday, October 25, 2020, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio., 1 p.m. ET
Browns at Bengals Betting Preview: Browns (-3.5/104), Bengals (+3.5/-118)
The Browns’ anticipated Week 6 clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers quickly turned into a clunker, as Cleveland absorbed a 38-7 blowout loss that ended a four-game winning streak.
While the Browns (4-2) boast a winning record for the first time since 2014, frustration swirled nonetheless following quarterback Baker Mayfield’s inconsistent play at Pittsburgh.
Mayfield tossed a pick-sick on Cleveland’s third play from scrimmage and was sacked four times and intercepted once more before Case Keenum replaced him late in the third quarter. “We’re eager to get back to work,” Mayfield said. “Fix the problems we know are within our control.”
In addition to getting Mayfield going again, the Browns will hope to reinvigorate their rushing attack, which produced just 75 yards on 22 carries against the Steelers.
Cincinnati squandered a 21-point lead on the road en route to a 31-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. While the Bengals again showed an ability to score in bunches, the defense ultimately floundered, allowing Colts quarterback Philip Rivers to pass for 371 yards, including a career-high 235 in the second quarter.
While rookie quarterback Joe Burrow rebounded from his struggles against Baltimore the previous week, passing for 313 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, the Bengals (1-4-1) were nonetheless inconsistent. Cincinnati fell to 1-11-1 in one-score games under second-year coach Zac Taylor.
In seven career games against the Browns, Bengals running back Joe Mixon is averaging 93.4 yards a game on 4.8 yards per carry to go with an average of 3.3 receptions and 34.2 receiving yards a game. Mixon, however, missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury and is questionable.
Browns at Bengals Betting Pick for Week 7
Cleveland hadn’t permitted a 100-yard rusher through the first five games of the season, but the Steelers’ James Conner broke that streak last week, running for 101 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
If the Browns can limit Mixon — provided he plays — as well as offensive mistakes, they should be on their way to tightening the all-time standings in the Battle of Ohio, which Cincinnati leads 51-43.
Browns at Bengals Betting Pick:
Browns 38, Bengals 31
Browns at Bengals Best Bet for Week 7
The Browns edged the Bengals, 35-30, when the teams met Sept. 17 in Cleveland on “Thursday Night Football,” with Burrow passing for 316 yards and three scores compared to Mayfield’s 219 yards, two scores and one interception. Even with Mayfield struggling of late, look for another shootout this time around.
Browns at Bengals Best Bet: OVER 50.5 total points (-110)