NFL Thursday Game: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati, Point Spread, Pick

NFL Thursday Night Football heads to Cincinnati, Ohio for an AFC North showdown between the first place Cincinnati Bengals and the last place Cleveland Browns.

Johnny Manziel will be making his second start this season when Cleveland visits Cincinnati. Josh McCown the starting quarterback for the Browns has a rib injury and has been ruled out of the game.

If Manziel starts, he will look to erase the thoughts of his first NFL start, which was against Cincinnati last season, when he threw 2 interceptions and only 80 passing yards in a 30-0 loss.

Cincinnati is one of four teams still unbeaten, after rallying to beat Pittsburgh 16-10 and open a lead of 3 ½ game in the AFC North over the Steelers.

McCown threw 3 touchdowns in the first half last week versus Arizona, but the Cardinals rallied to win 34-20 handing the Browns their third straight loss.

Andy Dalton has had a terrific start to the season at quarterback for Cincinnati, but last week threw two interceptions for the first time this season. However, he threw the go-ahead touchdown pass, with less than three minutes to play.

Jeremy Hill a running back for Cincinnati has 148 yards rushing with two touchdowns the last time the two teams played.

Cleveland has the second worst NFL rushing attack averaging just 84 yards on the ground per game.

The Bengals and Browns have split the last four games played head to head with each decided by 10 points or more.

Cincinnati is attempting to become the 33rd NFL team to start their season 8-0. Cleveland has accomplished it once back in 1953.

A win by Cincinnati would tie its franchise record of 8 consecutive regular season wins when they won their final 7 games during the 1970 season to land a playoff spot and then won the opening game of the regular season the next year.

The underdog in this matchup has covered the spread in 13 of the past 16 games between the two teams.


Point Spread: Cincinnati -11, Point Total: 45.5

Won/Loss Record

Cleveland: Overall 2-6 straight up, 4-4 against the spread

On the road: 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS

Cincinnati: Overall 7-0 SU and 6-0 ATS

At home: 3-0 SU and 2-0 ATS

Lean: Cincinnati Bengals less the points

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