Who’s Playing

Cleveland @ Cincinnati

Current Records: Cleveland 4-2; Cincinnati 1-4-1

What to Know

The Cleveland Browns need to shore up a defense that is allowing 31.17 points per game before their contest on Sunday. The Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals will face off in an AFC North battle at 1 p.m. ET at Paul Brown Stadium. Cleveland won’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 3-point advantage in the spread.

Cleveland has to be aching after a bruising 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday. Cleveland was down 31-7 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB Baker Mayfield had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 119 yards passing.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati was within a late touchdown of stealing the victory, but they took the “L” against the Indianapolis Colts 31-27. Cincinnati was up 14 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. No one had a standout game offensively for the Bengals, but they got scores from RB Giovani Bernard and RB Joe Mixon. QB Joe Burrow ended up with a passer rating of 126.40.

This next matchup is expected to be close, with the Browns going off at just a 3-point favorite. Those burned by picking them against the spread this past Sunday might want to keep in mind that the team has never dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

The losses put Cleveland at 4-2 and Cincinnati at 1-4-1. Cleveland doesn’t typically stay down for long — they’re 1-0 after losses this season — so the Bengals (0-2-1 after losses) won’t have an easy go of it.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Paul Brown Stadium — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Browns are a 3-point favorite against the Bengals, according to the latest NFL odds.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Cincinnati have won seven out of their last 11 games against Cleveland.

  • Sep 17, 2020 – Cleveland 35 vs. Cincinnati 30
  • Dec 29, 2019 – Cincinnati 33 vs. Cleveland 23
  • Dec 08, 2019 – Cleveland 27 vs. Cincinnati 19
  • Dec 23, 2018 – Cleveland 26 vs. Cincinnati 18
  • Nov 25, 2018 – Cleveland 35 vs. Cincinnati 20
  • Nov 26, 2017 – Cincinnati 30 vs. Cleveland 16
  • Oct 01, 2017 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 7
  • Dec 11, 2016 – Cincinnati 23 vs. Cleveland 10
  • Oct 23, 2016 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 17
  • Dec 06, 2015 – Cincinnati 37 vs. Cleveland 3
  • Nov 05, 2015 – Cincinnati 31 vs. Cleveland 10


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