The American football betting tradition known as the Battle of Ohio, contested between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals is not unlike The Cleveland Show; when you thought it’d been long cancelled it was actually still churning out a few dying episodes. We know there won’t be any NFL playoff bets placed on the Browns, nor will the Bengals be one half of the NFL Superbowl line, but unlike the former, the latter still has a shred of hope of making the postseason.
Date: Sunday, 26th November
Time: 1:05 PM
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
Online sportsbook NFL odds:
Browns +7½ (-110) 38 (-110) +299
Bengals -7½ (-110) 38 (-110) -375
A little too little too late
Browns QB DeShone Kizer followed up his best game of the season, and, by extension, of his professional career, with one of the worse; he went 16-of-32 for 179 yards with a touchdown and two picks, and ran for 22 yards and three fumbles. Against all odds, however, head coach Hue Jackson has decided to start him again against the Bengals. Okay, who are you and what have you done with Hue?
DeShone Kizer stresses consistency as #Browns prepare for Bengals
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 22, 2017
“Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him,” Jackson said. “Let’s let him play. Let’s let him play this thing out. As long as he is healthy, let’s keep putting him out there. I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom. I think he deserves that. I know this is all tough for him. Week in and week out, it is the consistency he has to keep chasing. He just has to keep working at it.” yeah, isn’t that what you said you’d do before the start of the season? fool me once, Hue, fool me once. The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as dogs, 0-6 SU in their last six meetings with the Bengals, and 1-8 against the American football betting spread in their last nine against teams with losing records.
Earthlings have no sense of direction
Cincy head coach Marvin ‘The Martian’ Lewis has notified kicker Randy Bullock that he’s in the doghouse after he missed, for the second straight game, a point after attempt, against Denver on Sunday, which was also his third straight missed kick. Bullock has started to remind Lewis of Mike Nugent, which is bad because Bullock was brought in after the Nuge missed six field goals and six extra points in 13 games a year ago. The Bengals did, in spite of Bullock’s worst efforts, get the SU and ATS win over Denver to improve their record to 4-6. If, or, barring any unforeseen event, when Cincy beats Cleveland on Sunday, the Bengals’ playoff hopes will be at an all-season high. The Bengals are 13-3 SU in their last 16 home games, and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 overall, against teams with a losing record, as well as 2-6-1 against the American football betting spread in their last nine games after a win.