Browns vs. Bengals Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

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With a perfect straight-up record and an almost-unblemished against-the-spread mark on the season, the Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to stay on a roll on Thursday night as they play host to the state-rival Cleveland Browns as double-digit betting favorites.

The Bengals are listed as consensus 11-point betting favorites against the Browns at sportsbooks monitored by, and they’re coming off a victory against another division rival after topping the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 on the road last week as small 1-point underdogs.

Cincinnati has already knocked off Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Kansas City, Seattle, and Buffalo along with the Steelers this season, with their lone ATS setback a push result against the Seahawks when they won 27-24 as a 3-point favorite back on October 11.

The Browns, meanwhile, are just 2-6 SU and 3-4-1 ATS on the season, falling 34-20 at home to the Arizona Cardinals last week as a 7-point underdog. Cleveland hasn’t won since October 11, when they beat the Ravens, and their only other victory this year came against Tennessee on September 20; the Ravens and Titans are a combined 3-12 this season.

Cleveland starting quarterback Josh McCown is dealing with a rib injury this week and has been ruled out for Thursday night; the team will start Johnny Manziel against the Bengals.

Last year the Bengals and Browns split their two meetings both SU and ATS, with Cincinnati 6-4 SU but just 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 matchups dating back to 2010 according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Cleveland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a road underdog, and 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games as an underdog against the Bengals. Cincinnati is 0-7 ATS in its last seven games when favored by 11 points or more.

The OVER/UNDER for Thursday is set at 45.5 points. The Bengals and Browns are a combined 12-3 on the totals this season. The UNDER, however, paid out in both games between Cincinnati and Cleveland last season, and in three of their last four meetings.

Kickoff for the game on Thursday night is set for 8:25pm ET at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Check out the complete Browns vs. Bengals matchup report at

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.


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