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Get ready to enjoy the NFL’s Week 8 Monday Night Football matchup, a classic AFC North showdown in Ohio as the Cincinnati Bengals travel north on Interstate 71 to take on the Cleveland Browns who are on a four-game losing streak and struggling to stay relevant in that division now ruled by the Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens, though still totally up for grabs.
Cleveland has covered the spread in four of their last five games as underdogs, so we expect them to do the same here at home after losing four of five times by a field goal or less, close games lost through stupid penalties and poor game management with a lackluster special teams performance, whereas meanwhile the Bengals are finally beginning to gel as a team again.
With Bengals WR Chase out, the Browns can win if they can figure out how to adequately cover the Bengals remaining three high-level pass catchers – WRs Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and TE Hayden Hurst – so watch for Cleveland’s banged-up secondary to step up, a young group including SS Grant Delpit, rookie CB Martin Emerson and CB Denzel Ward (concussion) who is questionable to play.
This twice-yearly divisional matchup is typically a high-scoring affair and eight of the last nine games between the Bengals and Browns have gone over the total points line, so the bettor must figure out if this Monday night battle will be fought by the defenses, the offenses, or both because that will determine how high a total the final score creates.
This season, the Cleveland offense scores an average of 26.8 points per game while the Cincy Bengals offense posts 24.7 points per matchup, and that totals to 51.5 points which is well over what the oddsmakers are predicting, whereas the Browns defense allows 26.6 points per game and the Bengals allow 18.9 points per game, that total of 45.5 a few points under the points total bet.
Both teams are dealing with multiple injuries at this point in the season and that could affect how much they score, so check back to make sure of who is actually suiting up since the Bengals have seven players listed as questionable to play on Monday night on top of the missing WR Chase (hip) and the Browns have ten players who will be a coach’s game time decision including star DE Myles Garrett (shoulder).
Cincinnati has won two games in a row while the Browns have lost four straight, but it is important to note that the Browns have won seven of their last eight games against the Bengals, an unbalanced trend that has lasted four seasons so the bettor must decide if that will change on Monday or if Cleveland will continue that and finally break their losing spiral.
We think Cleveland is due for a win and there is no better team to matchup with for this, so all you gambling Browns fans can place a $100 money line bet on the Browns to win outright, and if they do you will win $160 plus that initial wager, or you Bengals fans who think the Cincy team will end up on top here can make a $182 bet to win back $100 plus the original bet.
Some key matchups to watch for: Cinci deep threat WR Tee Higgins vs Browns FS John Johnson III who will most likely be part of any double teams covering him, and also watch for Browns DEs Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney trying to get at Bengals QB Joe Burrow by way of OTs Jonah Williams and La’el Collins, those explosive collisions at the line worth watching every play.
What: Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH
When: Monday, October 31, 2022, at 8:15 PM ET
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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