CLEVELAND BROWNS @ CINCINNATI BENGALS

The Browns travel to another AFC North rival in week 7 after being blown out last week by the Steelers which is the second time this season they’ve given up 38 points and not mustered more than a single score away to a divisional rival so luckily for them this is the last time they have to play an AFC North game away from FirstEnergy Stadium but they do so a weakened team, the loss of Nick Chubb has been apparent and the Browns run game which was the leagues best has been subdued the last two weeks with Kareem Hunt held to less than 60 all purpose yards for the first time this season last week but will be looking to bounce back against a Bengals team who have allowed over 5 yards per carry on average to opposing Running Backs this year and Kareem Hunt scored two TD’s and had over 100 all purpose yards in week 2, the Browns might need Hunt to have another similar outing as Baker Mayfield was awful last week, posting under 120 passing yards and 2 INT’s until he was benched for what was an apparent ‘Rib injury’ although another game with a similar stat line could see him benched for Case Keenum permanently.

The Bengals turned into the Falcons last week by blowing a 21-0 lead to eventually lose 31-27 to the Indianapolis Colts and a pass defense which had been pretty good this season fell apart and allowed a noodle armed Philip Rivers to post over 370 passing yards and 3 TD’s. Joe Burrow has now gone back to back games without throwing a TD and has thrown an INT in each of his last three games but will hope to get back on track here in against the Browns who he threw 3 TD’s on in their first meeting but the Bengals have got to be better at protecting their passer, Burrow has been dropped for 24 Sacks already this year and with Myles Garrett having already posted 7 on the year he’ll be licking his lips at going against this porous offensive line. This Bengal passing offense has a lot of talent and I have no doubt will be able to put points on the board against the Browns but with Joe Mixon injured and missing this one I don’t know if they’ll be able to run the ball well enough to keep Cleveland honest on defense.

I’m taking the Browns here and I’m also taking Kareem Hunt to add to his 6 career TD’s against the Bengals.

PREDICTION: BROWNS 38 โ€“ 27 BENGALS

BEST BET: Kareem Hunt anytime TD โ€“ 4/7 with SkyBet. 2 point bet.

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