Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, 1/9/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 18
Game: Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Browns (-1.5)
The Cleveland Browns (7-9) welcome the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. Cleveland opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 46.
The Cincinnati Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 10-6 for this season. In their last contest, the Bengals stepped onto the field against the Chiefs and earned the victory with a final of 34-31. Joe Burrow went 30/39 with 446 yds passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 148 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Tyler Boyd left with an average of 9.0 yards per reception by totaling 36 yds on 4 catches. Joe Mixon was the rushing leader for the Bengals with 12 totes for 46 yards (3.8 yds per carry). When the final whistle blew, they had 63 plays for 475 yds. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the rock 19 times and accounted for 60 yds, which had them averaging 3.2 yds per carry. Against the rush, the Bengals gave up 155 yds on 23 tries, which is an average of 6.7 yds per rush allowed. Cincinnati gave up 26 completions on 35 attempts for 259 yards, and a completion rate of 74.3%.
When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Cincinnati Bengals have an average of 27.8 points per outing. Offensively they average 103.9 yards in the run game which has them sitting 22nd in the league. The Bengals have attained 5,963 total yards for the year. Cincinnati has a total of 204 first downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 68 penalties for 588 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 21 different times (14 interceptions and 7 fumbles lost). When it comes to notching touchdowns, Cincinnati has amassed 35 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns.
The Bengals rank 18th in the league when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 22.2 points per contest. They are giving up an average of 4.2 yards per tote and 96.1 rushing yards per game this year. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 1,537 running yards through 16 games. In terms of yards through the air, the Bengals have conceded 4,051 yards which has them ranked 27th in the NFL. They have relinquished 253.2 yards per game via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 66.9%. Overall, they are surrendering 349.3 yards per outing which ranks them 18th in football. They have yielded 24 touchdowns through the air as well as 14 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Browns come into this matchup with a record of 7-9 this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Browns took a defeat with a final score of 26-14 when they faced the Steelers. Baker Mayfield (2 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 185 yards on 16/38 passing while his quarterback rate was 53.1. He threw 2 interceptions and his Y/A was 4.87 yards. Harrison Bryant was a featured target for the Browns, catching 1 passes for 1 yards (1.0 yards per catch). Nick Chubb ran the football 12 times for 58 yds, ending the game with 4.8 yards per attempt for Cleveland. The Browns finished the contest with a total of 232 yards and they ran 67 plays (3.5 yds per play). Cleveland rushed the football for 4.7 yards per attempt, totaling 93 yds on 20 attempts. Cleveland surrendered 31 rush attempts for 190 yards (6.1 yards per rush). The Browns passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 52.2%, relinquishing 109 yds on 24 out of 46 passing.
In relation to their ability to score points, the Browns currently sit 20th in the NFL with 20.5 points per outing. Over the course of the season so far, the Browns have racked up 3,149 passing yards along with an average of 196.8 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 26th out of all NFL teams. They have an average of 141.6 rushing yards per game and have run for 2,266 yards overall. The Cleveland Browns maintain an average of 338.4 yards/contest which has them ranked 18th in the league. The Cleveland offense has compiled 989 penalty yards on 108 infractions, which is 6th in the NFL in terms of helping out the opposition. They have given away 13 interceptions while surrendering 7 fumbles and they have tallied 169 first downs.
Cleveland has conceded a total of 1,778 yards via the ground game (111.1 yards per game) in addition to 13 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the year. They have yielded 28 touchdowns through the air and 208.5 yards per game, ranking them 6th out of all teams. They have totaled 19 takeaways (6 fumbles recovered and 13 interceptions) this season. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 355 points in total. The Browns defense has taken part in 1,005 plays, which is good for 12th in the league. The Browns are conceding 22.2 points per contest, which has them ranked 17th in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Browns -1.5 and over 46 total points
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