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Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Live

What to Know

This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 31.17 points per game. Cleveland and the Cincinnati Bengals will face off in an AFC North battle at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. The Browns won’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 3.5-point advantage in the spread.

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Cleveland has to be hurting after a devastating 38-7 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Cleveland was down 31-7 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB Baker Mayfield had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 119 yards passing.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati didn’t finish too far behind, but the team still lost 31-27 to the Indianapolis Colts last week. Cincinnati was up 14 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. No one had a standout game offensively for the Bengals, but they got scores from RB Giovani Bernard and RB Joe Mixon. QB Joe Burrow ended up with a passer rating of 126.40.

The Browns are the favorite in this one, with an expected 3.5-point margin of victory. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the squad has never dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

The losses put Cleveland at 4-2 and Cincinnati at 1-4-1. Cleveland doesn’t typically stay down for long — they’re 1-0 after losses this year — so the Bengals (0-2-1 after losses) won’t have an easy go of it.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Paul Brown Stadium — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $106.05

Odds

The Browns are a 3.5-point favorite against the Bengals, according to the latest NFL odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Cincinnati have won seven out of their last 11 games against Cleveland.

  • Sep 17, 2020 – Cleveland 35 vs. Cincinnati 30
  • Dec 29, 2019 – Cincinnati 33 vs. Cleveland 23
  • Dec 08, 2019 – Cleveland 27 vs. Cincinnati 19
  • Dec 23, 2018 – Cleveland 26 vs. Cincinnati 18
  • Nov 25, 2018 – Cleveland 35 vs. Cincinnati 20
  • Nov 26, 2017 – Cincinnati 30 vs. Cleveland 16
  • Oct 01, 2017 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 7
  • Dec 11, 2016 – Cincinnati 23 vs. Cleveland 10
  • Oct 23, 2016 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 17
  • Dec 06, 2015 – Cincinnati 37 vs. Cleveland 3
  • Nov 05, 2015 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 10

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