NFL Sunday Tips: The Bengals will toy with Cleveland in Week 12

Cincinnati need a win over the Browns to keep their AFC playoff hopes on course, and they should be good enough to get it, with or without AJ Green...


Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals: Bengals -3 – 21/20

After the Bengals strong start to the season at 4-1, they have had a tough stretch against some of the better teams in the league, bringing their record back to 5-5 and fighting for the last wildcard spot in the AFC. Now they’re at home facing a divisional rival in the Cleveland Browns, and will possibly get AJ Green in the line-up again foolowing a two-week injury layoff.

Even without the star wide receiver, I think the Bengals should cover the three points here with relative ease, making it eight straight games they would have covered the spread against the Browns. Cleveland are also on a 25 game losing streak away from home and I expect that to continue here as the Bengals get their season back on track.

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Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens: Ravens -11

Lamar Jackson looked great in his first start at QB with the Ravens last week, as did fellow first-time starter at running back Gus Edwards, both rushing for over 100 yards. Oakland have allowed the second most rushing yards per game this year too, so expect a big ground and pound game from the Ravens here.

The Ravens defence is firing on all cylinders too, giving up the fewest points per game in the NFL so far this year. They shouldn’t have too much trouble slowing down the troubled Raiders offence, who may be without their “best” two wide receivers in Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant.

Add this to the fact Jon Gruden shipped off two of their best players, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, and they are clearly tanking for next year’s draft. I have zero faith in the aging Doug Martin and Jared Cook getting it done away from home, and think the Ravens make a statement at home here in a blowout.

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