Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals: A Historic Rivalry Reignites

The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals faced off in a regular-season finale with significant implications for both teams. For the Browns, they had already secured a playoff berth and were riding a four-game winning streak. On the other hand, the Bengals were eliminated from playoff contention and had lost their last two games.

Key Points

  • The Browns were able to rest several key players due to their playoff spot, while the Bengals played for pride and a winning record.
  • The game marked the first time in franchise history that the Browns went into a game with a playoff spot locked up and were able to rest their star players.
  • The Bengals' playoff hopes were ended the previous week by a combination of their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers' win at the Seattle Seahawks.
  • The Browns' quarterback for the game was Jeff Driskel, their fifth starting quarterback of the season.

Injury News and Predictions

  • The Browns were considered slight favorites to win the game, with odds of -7.
  • BetMGM's model gave the Bengals a 63.5% chance of winning the game outright, while the Browns had a 53.9% chance to cover.
  • The over/under for total points scored was set at 37.

Game Details

  • The game took place on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 1 p.m. ET.
  • The match was held at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The game was broadcasted on CBS, and it could be streamed on Paramount+ with a must-have Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan.

Despite the Browns' playoff spot being secure, the game still held significance for fans of both teams, especially for Browns fans living in Cincinnati, who make up a sizable portion of the crowd. The rivalry between the two teams is a long-standing and passionate one, with the Browns' fans in Cincinnati maintaining their loyalty to their team.

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