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The Cincinnati Bengals will make the 250-mile trek north this week to face the Cleveland Browns. In doing so, it’s the Browns that will attempt to snap a pair of four-game losing streaks during this week’s Monday Night Football game.
Cincinnati (4-3) enters the game needing a win to keep pace with the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens. After starting the season with two straight losses, the Bengals have recovered, winning four of their last five games with an average winning margin of 12 points.
The Browns’ fortunes are the exact opposite. Cleveland (2-5) has lost four straight games this year—three of which were by three points or less. The Browns are on a similar skid against the Bengals, having lost four straight games to Cincinnati in the series and four consecutive home games against their AFC North rival.
Will Cleveland end their losing streak during Week 8’s final football game? We reveal our best bets for the renewal of this Ohio NFL rivalry below.
- Time: 8:15 pm ET
- TV: ESPN
- Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
- Weather: 64°, clear skies, 7 mph winds
Pick 1: Over 45 Points
Cincinnati’s offense has posted back-to-back 30-point games in the past two weeks against the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. While neither NFC South squad boasts a particularly strong defense, the breakthrough on offense has taken pressure off the Bengals’ defense.
Cleveland, meanwhile, has scored 20 points in all but one contest this season, averaging 24 points per game on the year. In his seventh season, QB Jacoby Brissett has kept defenses honest against the Browns by completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards and 6.8 yards per pass.
Expect these teams to maintain their offensive push. A final score in the mid-50s will help bettors claim an easy victory with this bet.
Pick 2: Nick Chubb OVER 83.3 Yards Rushing (-115 at BetMGM)
Only once in the previous seven games has the NFL’ s leading rusher—Cleveland Brown Nick Chubb—failed to rush for 83 yards in a game. That game was a 38-15 drubbing by New England that forced Cleveland to abandon the run as the Browns attempted a comeback.
Outside of the Patriots game two week ago, Cleveland has lost four games by a combined nine points. Keeping the game close allows the Browns to run the ball and feed Chubb. Cincinnati’s rush defense is allowing nearly 120 yards per game, so expect Chubb to reach the century mark on the ground against the Bengals.
Pick 3: Tee Higgins 7+ Receptions (+165 at BetMGM)
It’s unusual in this space that we offer strong underdog odds, but Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins is primed to have a larger role in the offense this week. Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase is out for this game, leaving Cincinnati’s passing game in search of a competent replacement for those team-leading 74 targets through seven games.
Higgins is the second-most targeted receiver on the Bengals roster already, showing that QB Joe Burrow has a rapport with third-year player. Expect the Browns to lock down Tyler Boyd and leave Higgins open for a team-best seven receptions (or more) Monday night.
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