Top sportsbooks online favor the Cleveland Browns by a touchdown over the Cincinnati Bengals in their 2020 NFL regular season Week 2 game on September 17th at 8:20 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Bengals vs. Browns NFL Week 2 Odds
|Bengals||+5½ (-105)||43½ (-105)||+203|
|Browns||-5½ (-115)||43½ (-115)||-244|
Betting Cincinnati Bengals
The Striped Ones are the road dogs according to the best online sportsbooks. The Bengals aim for a rebound performance following a loss in their season opener to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cincinnati Bengals have not won on the road since September of 2018. Joe Burrow completed 63.9% of his passes for 193 yards, with no touchdowns and one pick.
Burrow heads into this game with 36 career pass attempts. AJ Green and CJ Uzomah combined for 96 receiving yards on nine receptions. Tyler Boyd had four receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals had 122 yards on the ground. Joe Mixon led the charge with 69 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, Cincinnati allowed 16 points and 362 yards. Germaine Pratt led with 12 tackles. Carl Lawson had one sack and William Jackson III had two pass deflections.
The Bengals secondary has to play like this again on Thursday. The Browns have a lot of depth at the skill positions. Baker Mayfield had trouble against the Ravens, completing 21 of 39 passes for 189 yards, one TD and one pick. But that doesn’t mean their offense is going to be ineffective this week as well. Though it probably does.
The Bengals linebackers will be put to the test again. Josh Bynes played well in his first game. He finished with eight tackles and one sack.
Per top sportsbooks online, the Bengals are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as road underdogs. 1-4 ATS in their last five games on grass. And 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-0 in the Bengals last four games overall. The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last six trips to Cleveland and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 encounters.
Betting Cleveland Browns
The Browns also require their first win of the season. They got rocked in their season debut by the Baltimore Ravens. The Cleveland Browns have won four of their last five games at home. Baker Mayfield completed 53.8% of his passes for 189 yards, with one touchdown and one pick. Mayfield has two or more TD passes in six of his last nine games.
Jarvis Landry and David Njoku combined for 111 receiving yards and one touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. had three receptions. The Cleveland Browns rushed for 138 yards. Kareem Hunt led the way with 72 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, the Browns allowed 38 points and 377 yards. BJ Goodson paced the team with nine tackles, Tavierre Thomas had one sack and Adrian Clayborn had two tackles for loss.
As recorded by top sportsbooks online, the Browns are 7-2 ATS in their last nine Thursday games. 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games. And 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The under is 19-9-1 in Browns last 29 home games.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns NFL Picks
The Bengals played better in their season opener than the Browns. Burrow actually acquitted himself fairly well in his first game. He completed almost 64 percent of his passes. He also showed off his running game.
The Cleveland Browns were once again the most underwhelming team in the opening week. The talent on their roster deserves better than the blowout loss. They’re just 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games as a fave. Do not back the Browns in the favorite role. Just don’t. Take the Bengals and the free points.