The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t fighting for much more than pride on Sunday. A win secures a winning season and makes sure they don’t get swept by the entire AFC North. They have no hopes of the postseason, unfortunately. The Cleveland Browns have secured the 5th seed already, and have already announced sitting starters to get a bye week.
That obviously has an impact on how people will see this game will play out. Here is what the odds and experts think about this game.
The Bengals are currently seven-point favorites against the Browns, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The point totals is set at 37.5 points, which is the sixth lowest this week.
The Bengals will be at home and probably looking to take out some frustrations over missing the postseason after making at least the AFC Championship game the previous two seasons. It makes sense that the spread would look like that especially with Cleveland sitting starters.
- 5-3 at home
- 6-8-2 against the spread
- Have hit the over nine out of 16 games
- Average total points in games involving the Bengals is 44.1
- 3-4 in away games
- 10-5-1 against the spread
- Have hit the over 10 out of 16 games
- Average total points in games involving the Browns is 44.6
- CBS Sports has all their experts taking Cincinnati
- NFL Pick Watch, which takes into account picks from across the league, has the Bengals receiving 75 percent of picks
When you have one team taking a bye week, it is easy to expect them not to win. The Bengals will be closing out their season on Sunday regardless of the outcome. It is a disappointing ending for a season where the team could see some serious roster turnover on the offensive side of the ball, as Cincinnati enters the era of Joe Burrow no longer being a bargain of a rookie deal. Especially seeing the state of the rest of the AFC, you can’t help but feel like bad injury luck cost the Bengals a serious opportunity to compete for a championship again.
As it stands, here is a look at how our staff picked every Week 18 game.