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Bengals-Browns Betting Preview: Is the Market Giving Cleveland Too Much Love?

Dec 23, 2018 12:30 AM EST

Troy Taormina, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Nick Chubb

Betting odds: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

  • Spread: Browns -9
  • Over/Under: 44
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

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Betting market: This line has moved from -7 to -9 as the Browns are a popular pick once again this week, with 55% of the tickets coming down on the Dawg Pound.

Bigger bettors have also been hammering away at the under. Ninety-seven percent of money and 65% of bets have hit the under, moving the total from 46.5 to 44 (see live betting data here). — Danny Donahue

Trends to know: Including his college career, Baker Mayfield is 26-16 ATS as the betting favorite and is 19-9 ATS at home, too. Mayfield has won nine consecutive games straight up as the betting favorite dating back to his days with the Sooners, per our Bet Labs data. — Evan Abrams

Did you know? Since 2003, there have been 960 instances of an NFL team being favored by more than a touchdown. (Faves are 459-489-12 48.4%.)

Of those 960, the Browns were only responsible for three (1-2 ATS) — the fewest of any team over that stretch.

Cleveland hasn’t been favored by more than a TD since Dec. 1, 2013 when it was favored by 7.5 points at home. It lost that game outright to the Jags. — Stuckey

Playoff picture: It’s Week 16 and the Browns haven’t been eliminated from the playoffs. What a time to be alive.

Still, it’ll take a miracle for Cleveland to taste the postseason. Here’s the exact scenario.

  • Browns win out
  • Redskins beat Titans
  • Ravens beat Chargers
  • Dolphins lose to either Jacksonville or Buffalo
  • Giants beat Colts
  • Titans and Colts tie in Week 17

So, yeah, I will personally walk from New York City to Cleveland if the Browns make the playoffs. Scott T. Miller

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