Browns at Bengals How to Watch: TV, Streaming, Odds, Battle of Ohio Prediction
Joe Burrow entered the 2021 season without a single victory against enemies in the AFC North Division. In eight games this season, the Bengals second-year quarterback has already beaten the Steelers and Ravens, the two teams that have won the division each of the past five years. Burrow will look to make it a hat-trick on Sunday against the Browns, who swept the seasonal series in 2020.
Both teams come off tough losses in Week 8. A week after crushing the Ravens, the Bengals hit their toe against the Jets to fall to 5-3, a half a game behind Baltimore for the first place in the North. The Browns fell to 4-4 and last in the division after a 15-10 loss to the visiting Steelers. Both teams need a win to keep pace with the suddenly rising Ravens and Steelers in what has become a competitive division race.
We will give a preview of the game and give our predictions for Sunday’s result. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Dated: Sunday November 7 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV: CBS | Flux: Paramount + (click here)
To follow: CBS Sports app
Chances: Bengals -2.5, O / U 47
When the Browns have the ball
Look for the Browns to try to get the ball after running less than 100 yards against the Steelers. The absence of a running game in Cleveland was one of the reasons Cleveland only had the ball for 17 minutes in the last three quarters against Pittsburgh after having it for 11 minutes in the first quarter. This will likely put a heavy workload on Nick Chubb, who has had just 16 ground attempts against the Steelers. The Brown also gave more carries to D’Ernest Johnson, who had just four carries last week after running for 146 yards on 22 carries in Cleveland’s Week 7 win over Denver. The unit will have its work cut out for it against the Bengals’ seventh-ranked run defense, a unit led by linebacker Logan Wilson, defensive end Sam Hubbard and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, among others.
Cincinnati secondary, led by safety Jessie Bates III, is surely looking to get back on track after allowing Jets quarterback Mike White to throw over 400 yards in last week’s loss. The Bengals’ high school will once again be helped by a formidable pass rush led by defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who tallied 7.5 sacks in his first eight games as a Bengal. Three of the Browns’ starting offensive linemen are part of Cleveland’s Week 9 injury report, a bad sign for Baker Mayfield, who is suffering from multiple shoulder injuries.
When the Bengals have the ball
While he’s having a solid season, Burrow needs to take better care of football. He has nine interceptions in eight games, including five interceptions in his last four games. Luckily for him, Burrow will face a Browns defense on Sunday that has only collected three assists this season. Burrow’s main target this season has been rookie Ja’Marr Chase, who already has 786 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Burrow has also taken advantage of his other weapons which include Tyler Boyd (37 receptions, two touchdowns), Tee Higgins (29 receptions, two touchdowns) and tight end CJ Uzomah (21 receptions, five touchdowns).
Like the Browns, the Bengals will likely try to restore Joe Mixon and their running game on Sunday after running 41 yards against the Jets. As well as putting their running game on the right track, the Bengals will surely keep an eye out for Myles Garrett, who already has 10.5 sacks and 11 tackles to lose. if Garrett and fellow defensive player Jadeveon Clowney are able to put constant pressure on Burrow, it could be a long day for Cincinnati’s offense. But if Burrow has some time in his pocket, it could be another prolific day for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Cincinnati Bengals -2.5
Despite the loss last week, the Bengals appear to be a team on the rise. Conversely, the Browns appear to be a declining team. If Cincinnati can take care of the ball (and Burrow) while taking advantage of Cleveland’s porous red zone defense, the Bengals should be able to take care of home affairs. Cincinnati will also need to contain Chubb, who ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns in his only game against the Bengals last season.
Goal: Bengals 24, Browns 17