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Bengals open as underdogs vs. Browns in 2019 finale

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The Bengals will be home dogs vs. a reeling Browns team.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Now that the Bengals have secured the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they can win a game without fear of losing said pick.

Their final game of 2019 will come at home vs. the Browns in Round 2 of the Battle of Ohio. While the Browns may still arguably have a better roster, they’ve shown little fight over the last month, whereas the Bengals are still giving it their all to end 2019 on a high note.

Even so, oddsmakers still view the Browns as the favorites for this rivalry game. The early odds from Bovada have Cleveland favored by three in Cincinnati.

It’s hard to ever bet on the Bengals these days, but it’s hard to see Cleveland showing as much fight as the home team will this week. Will that be enough for the Bengals to pull off the slight upset and win their first divisional game under Zac Taylor?