Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: A Closer Look at Week 18

On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals faced off in an NFL regular-season finale, with the Browns securing a playoff berth and the Bengals being eliminated from playoff contention. The game took place at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The matchup could be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan.

Key Points

  • The Browns had won four straight games heading into Week 18, while the Bengals had lost two straight.
  • The Bengals were 7.5-point favorites in the latest Bengals vs. Browns odds, and the over/under for total points scored was 37.
  • The game featured a mix of starters and backups for both teams, as the Browns had already clinched a playoff spot.
  • The Bengals played for pride and a winning record, while the Browns rested several key players.

Injuries and Inactives

  • The Bengals were without WR Tee Higgins, CB Chidobe Awuzie, RB Chris Evans, OL Trey Hill, OL D'Ante Smith, TE Irv Smith Jr., and DT Travis Bell.
  • The Browns were without QB Joe Flacco, WR Amari Cooper, WR Marquise Goodwin, and CB Greg Newsome II, among others.

Week 18 NFL Picks

Before the game, SportsLine's advanced computer model picked the Browns to cover the spread. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, had an impressive record of 181-129 on top-rated NFL picks since its inception.

Instant Analysis

The game between the Browns and Bengals was unique in franchise history, as the Browns had already clinched a playoff spot and could rest several key players. The Bengals, on the other hand, played for pride and a winning record. Despite the different stakes for both teams, the game still mattered to fans of the Ohio teams, especially for Browns fans living in Cincinnati.

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