Browns vs Bengals NFL Week 2 Betting Odds

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Cleveland Browns NFL Week 2 Odds

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The Cleveland Browns will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle for Ohio on Thursday night. Cleveland has won three of the last four in this series, and the Browns are favored by just under a touchdown per the NFL betting odds early in the week. A loss to the lowly Bengals would have the franchise’s loyal fans bemoaning the state of the team once more, so new coach Kevin Stefanski wants to avoid that with partial attendance allowed for this game.

2020 Cleveland Browns at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +4800

AFC Championship Odds: +2500

Cleveland Browns Week 2 Odds

Cleveland Browns -5.5

Cincinnati Bengals +5.5

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Cleveland Browns Week 2 Matchup

The attention will be on the quarterbacks ahead of this game. Baker Mayfield was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Joe Burrow was taken with the first pick in this year’s draft. Both Cleveland and Cincinnati are hoping to have landed their quarterback of the future, but it’s looking a little grim for Mayfield.

Mayfield is one of the more exciting younger quarterbacks in the league, but he is in his third year and still has issues with his accuracy and decision making. He has seemingly regressed from his rookie year, posting worse numbers in his second season than he did as a first-year starter, and that trend continued into 2020 after a dismal performance in Week 1.

However, Cincinnati’s defense is much easier to beat than Baltimore’s defense. The Bengals had a nice performance against the Chargers in Week 1, but there isn’t much talent on this unit. Cincinnati’s best player (DT Geno Atkins) sat out of Week 1 due to a shoulder issue, and he might not play in this game on a short week either. Additionally, the cornerbacks are rather suspect although Tyrod Taylor couldn’t punish them last week.

Cleveland will likely be without first-round pick Jedrick Wills Jr. though. Their starting left tackle left Sunday’s game against Baltimore with a leg injury, and while X-rays were thankfully negative, the Browns may decide not to risk it with a player they consider to be a major piece of the offensive line.

Burrow’s first start largely went as expected. The Heisman Trophy winner showed some real promise and proved he can scramble when asked, but he also made some big mistakes. He threw an interception on a shovel pass and also tossed two prayers to Joe Mixon in the flat while in the grasp that could have easily led to turnovers.

A.J. Green will likely be Burrow’s favorite target after seeing nine passes thrown his way in Week 1, but Burrow did a good job of distributing the ball with five targets to four other players.

Cleveland Browns Week 1 Recap

It was a miserable Week 1 for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns got dominated in every facet of the game against the Baltimore Ravens, losing 38-6 in one of the biggest blowouts of the opening week.

Baker Mayfield averaged less than 5.0 YPA in Week 1. He couldn’t connect with favorite target Odell Beckham Jr. at all, as OBJ had just a 30 percent catch rate, and only two players had more than 25 receiving yards on the afternoon. Jarvis Landry and David Njoku each had decent days, but it was a rough performance for the passing game.

Cleveland’s running backs fared somewhat better, but most of the Browns’ rushing yards came in garbage time after the Ravens put the game out of reach. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb combined to average 5.7 YPC on the day, as both players broke off a run of 20 yards or more.

The Browns made their intentions clear on defense from the outset. Cleveland loaded up in the box and said that Baltimore wasn’t going to beat them on the ground, forcing Lamar Jackson to move the ball through the air. Unfortunately, Jackson was more than up to the task.

Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins both averaged around 3.0 YPC, but the emphasis on the run game led to Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews having very nice days through the air.

Cleveland Browns Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Baltimore Ravens L 38-6 0-1
Week 2 vs Cincinnati Bengals Thu, Sep 17 8:20 PM (NFL)
Week 3 vs Washington Redskins Sun, Sep 27 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 4 at Dallas Cowboys Sun, Oct 4 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 5 vs Indianapolis Colts Sun, Oct 11 4:25 PM (CBS)
Week 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers Sun, Oct 18 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 7 at Cincinnati Bengals Sun, Oct 25 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 8 vs Las Vegas Raiders Sun, Nov 1 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 10 vs Houston Texans Sun, Nov 15 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 11 vs Philadelphia Eagles Sun, Nov 22 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars Sun, Nov 29 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 13 at Tennessee Titans Sun, Dec 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 vs Baltimore Ravens Thu, Dec 10 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Week 15 at New York Giants Sun, Dec 20 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 16 at New York Jets Mon, Dec 28 TBD
Week 17 vs Pittsburgh Steelers Sun, Jan 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Browns Past Seasons (2000)

2019 6-10 None
2018 7-8-1 None
2017 0-16 None
2016 1-15 None
2015 3-13 None
2014 7-9 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 5-11 None
2011 4-12 None
2010 5-11 None
2009 5-11 None
2008 4-12 None
2007 10-6 None
2006 4-12 None
2005 6-10 None
2004 4-12 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2001 7-9 None
2000 3-13 None

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