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#139 Cincinnati Bengals 43 vs.
#140 Cleveland Browns -7
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Written by Sporty Jordy



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When and where: December 8, 2019, First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, OH, 1:00 PM ET

An AFC North divisional showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns takes center stage in Sunday’s Week 14 NFL action. The Bengals spent last Sunday night celebrating like they won a Super Bowl after earning their first victory of the year and avoiding a winless season. To no one’s surprise, the New York Jets were on the receiving end of an embarrassing 22-6 loss to the worst team in football. The Browns know a thing or two about winless seasons. After falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13, they’ll be aiming to add a 12th loss to the Bengals 2019 resume'.

Bengals get their first win

For at least one Sunday afternoon, the Bengals weren’t the butt of the joke in the NFL.

You would have thought quarterback Andy Dalton was Gandalf returning with the rallying cry the Bengals displayed at home against the Jets. It only made sense for him to be the one to right the wrongs of an ugly and disappointing season. He helped the team avoid a future in the hall of shame for going 0-16.

The Bengals have a great shot of making it two in a row when going on the road to face the Browns. There is some Jekyll-and-Hyde to the Browns that has made them one of the most frustrating teams in recent memory. Are the Bengals going to see the Browns team that ramrodded the Baltimore Ravens and outlasted the Buffalo Bills? Or, is this the team that got blown out at home by the Tennessee Titans and defeated by the Brandon Allen-led Denver Broncos?

The Bengals are expected to have receiver John Ross back on the field, while they continue to take their time with the injured A.J. Green. Dalton will need all of the help he can get if his defense fails to hold up on their end. They rank second-worst in the league in total yards with opponents averaging 405.0 yards per game against them. Yet, their greatest weakness being against the run signals big problems with Nick Chubb coming out of the Browns’ offensive backfield.

The Bengals are allowing a league-worst 157.6 rushing yards per game. If Chubb is going to eat, Dalton and Bengals running back Joe Mixon must do the same on the offensive side of the ball against a Browns’ defense reeling after losing its best player, Myles Garrett. Speaking of reeling defenses, the Bengals could be without defensive end Sam Hubbard (knee) for this game.

Frustration continues for the Browns

Outside of the Dallas Cowboys, the Browns are without question the most underachieving team in the NFL. They can never get out of their own way.

Whether it’s coach Freddie Kitchens tripping over the play-calling, quarterback Baker Mayfield making an ill-advised throw, All-Pro wideout Odell Beckham being underutilized or star defensive end Myles Garrett getting himself suspended for the rest of the season—the Browns have proven to be their own worst enemy.

They had no answers for Devlin Hodges and the Steelers last week. So they’ll try to make amends by avoiding getting embarrassed at home by the moribund Bengals.

Jarvis Landry, not Beckham, is the No. 1 receiver for the Browns. An argument can be made that it’s actually a good thing because Mayfield is no longer forcing throws to Beckham. He’s obviously more comfortable in getting the ball in the slot to Landry, even if it means shunning arguably the best receiver in football. One would still have to think Kitchens can draw up some plays to get Beckham more involved against a struggling Bengals defense.

Chubb will obviously be the center focus given all of the problems up front for the Bengals. The Browns’ tailback has carved out a monstrous season with 238 carries for 1,175 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the defense continues to try to find its way without Garrett on the field. If they struggled in slowing down the Steelers, they could have problems against a reinvigorated Bengals offense with Dalton back behind center. It is also worth noting that Mayfield appeared on the injury report with a hand and rib injury.

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The Bengals had their magical carpet ride moment against the Jets. Here’s to hoping they took plenty of pictures and enjoyed the champagne and confetti parade while it lasted. It’s back to losing when visiting the neighboring Browns on Sunday.

Chubb will run a hole through the Bengals’ defensive front and force help in the box on the backend. That will ultimately leave the Bengals vulnerable to many of the deep throws Mayfield has been looking to hit all season. Beckham may not be happy with his current workload in Cleveland, but he’ll at least be happy on Sunday afternoon.

He’ll have a chance to put on one of his best performances of the season when facing a softer secondary than the one he saw against the Steelers. The Bengals are allowing an average of 255.7 yards per game on the road. On the other side of the ball, Dalton’s struggles will resurface when facing the sixth-ranked pass defense in football.

I’m taking the Browns on Sunday.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns (-8)

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The Browns are averaging 20.5 points per game on offense, but they have shown the ability to splash when facing vulnerable defenses. They recently dropped 41 points on the Miami Dolphins prior to their game against the Steelers. I’m expecting to see a similar breakout performance against one of the worst defenses in the league.

The Bengals will show a bit of fight on offense with Dalton back behind center. This has obviously been another down year for him, but he does at least give the team a chance to perform at its best. They’ll attempt to do so in a losing effort on Sunday. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (41)

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.