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A sneaky Week 14 cover to bet on?

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The Bengals finally have a win under their belt, but can they make it two in a row with a win over the Browns in Week 14?

The oddsmakers don’t seem to think so, as Cleveland is currently a nine-point favorite at home this Sunday. Admittedly, I’m surprised the odds are so big, as the Bengals have been playing much better over the last month, highlighted by a defense allowing an average of 13 points per game over the last three weeks.

And of course, the offense looks much better with Andy Dalton running the show, and John Ross is set to return this week.

On the other side, the Browns’ playoff hopes took a big hit with their Week 13 loss to the Steelers, as they’re now 5-7 and seemingly out of the playoff mix.

Oh, and Baker Mayfield has a wrist injury that caused him to briefly leave Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh. While it sounds like he’ll play this week, it did clearly affect him as he could only lead Cleveland to three second-half points.

So yeah, Cincinnati +9 is a tempting bet to take this week.