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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns meet at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bengals listed as 5.5 point favorites versus the Browns, while the game’s total is sitting at 40.5.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 27-13 loser as they battled the Giants at home. The Browns failed to cover in the match as a +6.5-point underdog, while 40 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Cincinnati: 4-7-1 SU,3-8-1 ATS

The Cincinnati Bengals returned to winning ways on Sunday with a convincing 32-14 victory over the reeling Philadelphia Eagles. It was a huge bounce-back win for the Bengals, who recorded their first win since October. With the victory, the Bengals improved to 4-7-1 .

Key to the Bengals’ victory was their much-improved play on the offensive end. After failing to record more than 20 points in each of their last three outings, Cincinnati finally got its act together against one of the league’s best defenses. The Bengals racked up a whopping 412 yards against the Eagles. Andy Dalton starred for Cincinnati in this lopsided win, completing 23 of 31 passes for 332 yards and a pair of scores without an interception or a sack. That’s quite a feat for Dalton who was working with a make-shift offensive lineup that didn’t include wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Giovani Bernard.

For the Bengals to make it back-to-back wins against the Browns, they will need to continue their excellent play on the defensive end. Cincinnati’s defense pitched a first-half shutout on Sunday as the Bengals sent the Eagles to their worst loss of the season. They harassed rookie Carson Wentz all day long as he threw a career-high three interceptions. Vontaze Burfict collected two of those picks as he produced his best game of the year.

Betting Trends

Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Cincinnati is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,
Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cincinnati is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland

Cleveland: 0-12 SU,2-10 ATS

The Browns who have now lost 15 in a row since last season are 3-30 since ending the 2014 season with five consecutive defeats. What is wrong with the Browns? They have struggled on both sides of the ball this season. Cleveland is 31st in NFL in scoring defense (29.3 PPG) and total defense (400.0 YPG) this year. They’re just as abysmal on the offensive end, averaging a measly 16.2 points (second-worst in the NFL) and 313.8 yards (fourth-worst) per game this campaign. The Browns’ point differential of minus-155 is the worst in the league.

The Browns have lost each of their last four games against the Bengals, with Cleveland losing by an average margin of 24.8 points. For the Browns to record a major shock against the Bengals, they will need to get a huge performance from Cody Kessler. He has the highest passer rating (92.6) of any Browns starting quarterback since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999.

The Browns are 0-6 ATS at home this season.

Betting Trends

Current Streak: lost 12 straight games.
Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Cleveland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Free Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -5.5

Jumping on this before it hits the key number of 6 when the public hammers this on Sunday. The Bengals still have a slim chance at the playoffs. That showed in their 32-14 pounding of Philly. The Browns didn’t fix their protection problems on their bye week; they’ve given up 15 sacks the past two games and appear poised to start a very rusty RG3 on Sunday.