When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >

Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns Week 18 Predictions, Odds, Picks

Written by: Mike Lukas
Updated October 14, 2022
13 min read
  • For the first time since 2015, Bengals earned a playoff spot after winning the AFC North
  • With Browns QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) out, backup Case Keenum leads the spoilers 
  • The Cincinnati Bengals have won five of their last six away games

Bengals vs Browns Odds

Bengals Vs Browns Week 18

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

🔥 Claimed by 156 people this week!



Get a No Sweat First Bet up to $1,500 in Bonus Bets

21+ | T&Cs apply

For the first time since the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have earned a playoff spot after winning the AFC North, so a win here against the divisional rival Cleveland Browns is not necessary but would be sweet for QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja’Marr Chase, and HC Zac Taylor could use some practice before his postseason debut, a rivalry the Browns won in Week 9.

In one of the most disappointing seasons in Cleveland Browns’ history (one that is chock full of disappointing seasons), the team was eliminated from the playoffs with two games to go, and QB Baker Mayfield’s season is over as he attends to his injured shoulder, so now it will be up to backup QB Case Keenum to lead the rest of the Browns to a spoiler win over these Bengals.

These two AFC North rivals have played each other 96 previous times, with the Cleveland Browns winning 45 of those games and the Cincinnati Bengals winning 51 of the games.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns Predictions

Can the Bengals Improve Their Postseason Seed?

One would think that the Bengals would be happy just getting to the playoffs, but when you listen to QB Joe Burrow talk to the media after games, it is clear that he and the rest of his squad have bigger goals to accomplish, including a Lombardi Trophy for their city.

That could be just talk, but the way Burrow has his  9th ranked offense firing off these days, they might just be able to outscore some of the favorites to win the Big Game, teams like the Titans and Chiefs and Packers and Buccaneers.

True, HC Zac Taylor is young by NFL standards (38 years old), and his roster is filled with young players new to the league, but during the course of the season this 10-win team has developed into a formidable opponent so expect them to prove that against these Browns.

Get the fastest payout available at a same day payout sportsbook!

Can the Browns Offense Become More Effective with a Backup QB?

Since Week 2, Browns QB Baker Mayfield has been playing with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury that has forced him to wear a highly restrictive harness that has caused him to change his throwing motion and the results have been awful.

Now HC Kevin Stefanski has told the press that Mayfield will not play in Week 18 and will pursue surgery on his shoulder ASAP, so now the quarterback job goes to backup Case Keenum, a skilled veteran hurler who many thought should have been playing weeks ago.

Keenum has been in the league since 2013 and played with the Vikings back when Stefanski was coaching there, so the two can work well together for at least this final divisional matchup since ending this bitter and disappointing season with a win would be a nice way to go.

Bengals Key Player: (WR) Tee Higgins

Yet another young superstar in the making playing for the Bengals is WR Tee Higgins, whose size (6’ 4” and 215 pounds) and speed and mature route-running have made this second-year player one of QB Joe Burrows’ new favorite targets the more the two play together.

Higgins was a Clemson star who was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft (33rd selection overall), and in just two seasons he has made himself a premiere target, so far this year with 74 receptions for 1,091 yards and 6 touchdowns with still another game to go.

Watch for Higgins to play a key role in these upcoming Bengals games as he takes advantage of al the double-teams that his playmaker teammates WR Ja’Marr Chase and TE C.J. Uzomah are attracting, Tee’s deep threat capabilities now putting defenses in a total bind.

Browns Key Player: (RB) D’Ernest Johnson

With Browns star running backs Nick Chubb (ribs), Kareem Hunt (ankle) both listed as questionable to play in this meaningless game, expect most of the carries to go to backup D’Ernest Johnson, that is if he passes Covid protocols after testing positive last week.

Johnson has had to fill in for the Browns before when Chubb and Hunt were both down for the Week 7 matchup with Denver, and the 5’ 10” 208-pound speedster powered his way to 22 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown with 2 catches for 22 more yards.

This 25-year-old South Florida alum has been in the NFL for three seasons now averaging 5.3 yards per carry, so expect him to use this final Browns game to show off his skills since, due to an already crowded Cleveland RB room, he could be looking for a new franchise next season.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Logo #1



Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets

21+ | Terms and conditions apply

Logo #2



$500 Bonus Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

How to Watch Bengals vs Browns

Bengals vs Browns Information
What Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
Where FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
When Sunday, January 9, 2022; 1:00 PM ET
How to watch FOX
Image for Mike Lukas


Mike Lukas

1204 Articles

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
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.