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Bengals open as 5 point favorites to beat Browns in Cleveland

The Bengals have four (and a half) more wins than the Browns and with the Browns coming off a bye, Cincinnati is favored to beat their in-state rival in Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Bengals weren’t favored by oddsmakers to beat the Eagles at home. But they did. Next up for the Bengals will be the Browns, who are coming off their bye week and will face the Bengals in Cleveland on Sunday. If the Browns want to avoid an 0-16 season, their best chance at a win will be when they host the 4-7-1 Bengals in Week 14.

While the Bengals have only won four games this season, I’d imagine most Browns fans wish their team had that many wins as their in-state rival. Instead, they’re just fighting for one win with four games remaining this season. Here’s the Browns’ remaining schedule: vs Bengals, at Bills, vs Chargers, at Steelers.

If there’s a win Hue Jackson wants more than any other, you can bet it’s the game this Sunday against his former team.

The Bengals beat the Browns in Week 7, 31-17, and on Sunday, Cincinnati will have a chance to win their second-straight game this season. The Bengals have yet to win back-to-back games in 2016, but did just play their best game of the season against the Eagles.

The Browns will surely be hungry, especially with an extra week of rest and preparation, but this is a game the Bengals need to (and should) win, even without A.J Green and Giovani Bernard. Think about how terrible it would feel to lose the Battle of Ohio and be the only team the Browns have beaten.

Here are the Week 14 opening odds from BookMaker.eu:

Bengals (-5, 44) at Browns

Raiders at Chiefs (-3, 47.5)

Steelers (-1, 47.5) at Bills

Cardinals at Dolphins (-2.5, 44)

Bears at Lions (-9.5, 44)

Vikings (-3, 40) at Jaguars

Saints at Buccaneers (-2.5, 51)

Redskins at Eagles (PK, 47.5)

Falcons (-5.5, 46) at Rams

Cowboys (-3, 47.5) at Giants

Ravens at Patriots (-8, 44.5)