Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati +3
Paul Brown Stadium is the venue where Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The odds on this game have Cleveland as 3-point favorites. The over/under opens at 46. The Browns are 6-9-0 ATS and 7-8-0 when betting on the total. The Bengals are 6-9-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-14-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Cleveland Browns faced the Baltimore Ravens and took the defeat by a score of 31-15. Nick Chubb led the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 12 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for 45 yards on 15 carries which meant he averaged 3.0 yards per run. Jarvis Landry led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 74 yards on 7 catches. He averaged 10.6 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Browns was Baker Mayfield who went 20/33 with 192 yards through the air and tossed 2 TD's. He tossed 1 interception during the game. The Cleveland Browns ran the ball a total of 20 times and earned 49 yards which gave them an average of 2.5 yards per carry. In the game, the Browns earned a total of 17 first downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 62 yards. In the game, they ran 53 plays which added up to 241 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Cleveland gave up 20 catches on 31 tries totaling 238 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. In the game, they gave up 481 yards and forced 1 takeaway. On the ground, the Browns gave up 243 yards on 40 carries which is an average of 6.1 yards per attempt allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Parlays Pundit on the Redskins vs Cowboys game.
Browns are 6-9 After Loss
The Browns come into this game with a record of 6-9 for 2019. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league averaging 21 points per contest, ranking them 22nd in the NFL. As a team, they are averaging 121 yards on the ground per contest which is 6th in the AFC. For total yards, they rank 8th among AFC teams and 18th in the NFL with 5,142 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Browns have compiled a total of 19 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing TDs. They are a low scoring offensive team in the AFC North and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output.
The Browns have one of the average defenses in the NFL, allowing 24.0 points per game putting them 12th in the AFC. In terms of yards on the ground, Cleveland is giving up 142.4 yards per contest ranking them 3rd among AFC North teams and 30th in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.0 yards per carry ranking them 14th among AFC teams and 29th in the NFL overall. In total, they have allowed 1,819 yards rushing through 15 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Browns have conceded 3,288 yards. Opponents are completing 62.3% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.3 yards per attempt. They have conceded 24 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing TDs.
In their last game, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Miami Dolphins and lost 38-35. Joe Mixon led the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 9 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for a total of 50 yards via 21 carries which meant he was running for 2.4 yards per run. Tyler Boyd was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 128 yards on 9 receptions. He averaged 14.2 yards per reception for that game. Running the show from under center for the Bengals was Andy Dalton who went 33/56 with 396 yards through the air and added 4 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball a total of 25 times and racked up a total of 59 yards which gave them an average of 2.4 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Bengals racked up a total of 25 first downs and they had 10 penalties for 77 yards. On the day, they ran 85 plays for 430 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Cincinnati allowed 31 completions on 52 tries totaling 406 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. In the game, they conceded 502 yards and earned 1 turnover. In the running game, the Bengals allowed 96 yards on 34 runs which is an average of 2.8 yards per attempt allowed. Guy Bruhn has a free NFL pick ATS for the contest between the Packers and Lions.
Bengals Dip to 1-14 After Loss
The Bengals come into this game with a record of 1-14. In discussing the offensive production, the Bengals have one of the worst offenses in the league. When looking at their ability to score points, the Bengals are ranked 4th among AFC North teams and 32nd out of all the teams in the league averaging 16.4 points per game. Cincinnati needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 89 rushing yards per contest, putting them 28th in the league. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,338 rushing yards through 15 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Bengals average 321 yards per game overall ranking them 26th in the NFL and 12th among AFC teams.
The Bengals are conceding 26.5 points per game ranking them 4th in the AFC North and 25th among NFL teams. When it comes to points allowed, they have given up 397 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are giving up 154 yards per game ranking them 32nd in the league and 4th among AFC North teams. For 2019, they have allowed 2,308 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the NFL. They are giving up 245 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Bengals are currently ranked 11th in the conference. They have allowed 22 passing touchdowns this season.
Who will win tonight's Browns/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Browns -3
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