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Bengals open as near-touchdown underdog to Browns

The oddsmakers aren’t giving Cincinnati much respect against a team that just lost by 32 points and has lost four straight games.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Week 1 was a tough one for the state of Ohio.

For the Bengals, it was a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds to the Chargers, who escaped with a 16-13 win thanks to a questionable OPI call and an even more questionable kicker.

For the Browns, it was the biggest shellacking any NFL team has taken in Week 1, as they lost 38-6 to the Ravens. Dating back to last season, Cleveland has now lost four straight games, including a Week 17 defeat to these very Bengals.

Despite all of this, oddsmakers still aren’t giving Cincinnati much of a chance to win in Cleveland this Thursday in Round 1 of the Battle of Ohio. The initial spreads for Week 2 have the Browns favored by six points, which is a lot of points to give a team that looked as lost and disoriented in Week 1 as they did all of last year.

Then again, the Bengals are 3-22 over their last 25 games.

Time to earn some respect.

NFL Week 2 Odds

· Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns (-6)

Over/Under 45

· New York Giants @ Chicago Bears (-5½)

Over/Under 43

· Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers (-5½)

Over/Under 47½

· Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts (-3)

Over/Under 47½

· Buffalo Bills (-5½) @ Miami Dolphins

Over/Under 42

· San Francisco (-7) @ New York Jets

Over/Under 43½

· Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6)

Over/Under 43

· Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7½)

Over/Under 48½

· Washington Football Team @ Arizona Cardinals (-7)

Over/Under 45½

· Kansas City Chiefs (-8½) @ Los Angeles Chargers

Over/Under 50

· Baltimore Ravens (-6½) @ Houston Texans

Over/Under 52½

· New England @ Seattle Seahawks (-4)

Over/Under 44

· New Orleans Saints (-5½) @ Las Vegas Raiders

Over/Under 51½

Note: Cowboys vs. Falcons, Titans vs. Jaguars and Eagles vs. Rams are currently off the board.