NFL Analysis: Week 1 Browns vs Bengals

NFL fans, gear up for a scintillating contest that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seats. The Cincinnati Bengals are slated to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET, at the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Let’s dive deep into what we can anticipate from this electrifying matchup.



Spread: Bengals -2.5 (-110), Browns +2.5 (-110) 

Moneyline: Bengals -137, Browns +113

Total: O 38 (-110), U 48 (-110) 


High Hopes Riding on the Bengals

Cincinnati BengalsLast season, the Cincinnati Bengals left a strong mark with their outstanding 12-4 record. Their performance was notable both at home, where they carved out a 6-1 win-loss ratio, and on the road, with a 6-3 record. This dual-front success pointed towards a team that was not only balanced but also consistently dependable, regardless of where they played.

The Bengals’ offense, spearheaded by the talented Joe Burrow, was a force to be reckoned with, averaging 26.1 points per game. Conversely, their defense was impenetrable, allowing a mere average of 20.1 points to their opponents. This comprehensive game strategy was further exemplified with Joe Mixon taking the lead in rushing yards and Ja’Marr Chase dominating the receiving yards. Together, they embodied the Bengals’ cohesive and integrated offensive approach that bore significant success on the field.


Browns Seeking Redemption

NFL Team Cleaveland BrownThe Browns are determined to leave behind the shadow of last season’s 7-10 record. Their performance at home was evenly split with a 4-4 record but struggles on the road resulted in a less-than-stellar 3-6 outcome. They’re clearly hungry to redefine their standing this season. Their scores from the previous year showed an average of 21.2 points in their favor, compared to 22.4 against them. 

When it came to yardage, the Browns fared slightly better. Their offense consistently outperformed, averaging 349.1 yards, while their defense held strong, conceding an average of 331.2 yards per game. With key players like Jacoby Brissett, Nick Chubb, and Amari Cooper at the forefront, the team is optimistic. They intend to harness their core strengths to mount a significant challenge in the upcoming games.


The Watson Factor

BUSR’s NFL Odds currently have the Browns as a 2.5-point underdog. However, this season, Deshaun Watson, the star QB, is set to take center stage from week 1. After enduring a suspension and missing a major chunk of the last season, Watson is poised to play with a vendetta. With Watson’s contract on the line and a talented offense supporting him, the Browns seem determined.


Bengals’ Burrow Quandary

The game’s potential turning point might be Joe Burrow’s injury status. If Burrow doesn’t take to the field, it could dent the Bengals’ chances significantly. Even if he does participate, questions regarding his fitness loom large. With the Browns, led by a resurgent Watson, it could spell trouble for the Bengals, especially in an away game.


Injury Concerns

Both teams aren’t devoid of injury concerns. For the Browns, the list is extensive with notable mentions like M. Woods II, D. Forbes, and J. Grant Sr., all sidelined indefinitely. Meanwhile, the Bengals will be worried about critical players like M. Tell III, L. Collins, and the potential absence of Joe Burrow.


Final Analysis

The Browns have a point to prove this season, and playing at home, they are looking to start with a bang. The Bengals, although stellar last season, are heading into this contest with uncertainty around their star player. Even with a fully fit Burrow, winning on the road against a rejuvenated Browns is a daunting task.


For those looking to place a wager, the Browns covering the spread appears to be a promising bet. While the Bengals are undeniably formidable, the circumstances favor the Browns in this thrilling season opener.