Bengals-Browns Betting Preview
The NFL kicks off Week 2 with a battle of former Heisman Trophy, and first-round picks as Joe Burrow and his Bengals travel up I-71 to take on Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Let’s preview the game and look at some of the player props, and as always, these odds are brought to us by our friends at FanDuel.
Odds: Browns -6.5, Over/Under 43.5
Joe Burrow and the Bengals are coming off a tough loss to the Chargers last week after Randy Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal that would have sent the game to overtime. The Bengals only won two games last season with one of them coming against the Browns as Cleveland is coming off a 38-6 pounding from the Ravens where nothing went right for them. The Bengals have beaten the Browns at least once in 16 of the past 17 seasons. Can Joe Burrow match former quarterbacks Akili Smith and Andy Dalton and get his first win against the Browns?
As far as the over/under is concerned, the Bengals are coming off a game in which they scored only 13 points, and the offense looked a little rusty as everybody tries to get in a rhythm with the new quarterback under center. Cleveland only scored six points and looked completely dysfunctional. However, over the last two years in which these two teams have met, the over is 3-0-1. Expect more points as both teams tend to rise to the occasion when the Battle for Ohio is up for grabs.
Nick Chubb Rushing Yards, Over/Under 71.5
In last week’s game, Nick Chubb was effective on the ground rushing 10 times for 60 yards, but the game got too out of hand, so they had to abandon the run and let Mayfield air it out. Expect the Browns to establish the run game early as they face a Bengals defense who allowed the most rushing yards in the league in 2019 while allowing over 155 yards on the ground last week to the Chargers. Last season, Chubb went over the 72-rushing mark 11 times in 16 games, including once against the Bengals.
Joe Burrow Passing Yards, Over/Under 238.5
In his NFL debut, Burrow only threw for 193 yards on 36 attempts as the Bengals are still trying to ease Burrow into things with quick drops and releases. Getting to that over will not be easy, as the Browns have only allowed over 239 passing yards twice in their last six games dating back to last year. Burrow was consistently running for his life when he dropped back against the Chargers, expect Miles Garret and the Browns to get after the rookie.
Austin Hooper Receiving Yards, Over/Under 36.5
When Cleveland signed Hooper to a 4-year $44 million contract in the offseason, it was expected he would be one of their top playmakers on offense. Fast-forward to Week 1, where Hooper only caught two passes for 15 yards while David Njoku caught three passes for 50 yards with a touchdown. Njoku was placed on IR this week with a knee injury, and Hooper will be Mayfield’s go-to tight end option. Last year Hooper had over 37 yards receiving nine times, and he will be going up against a Bengal defense who is coming off a performance in which they allowed 73 yards receiving to Chargers tight end Hunter Henry.