Take Cincinnati -3 away vs. Cleveland
Cincinnati almost got their first win of the year but was denied in OT, losing on the road to Green Bay 27-24. Cleveland also suffered a close road defeat, as they lost to Indianapolis 31-28. After firing their offensive coordinator, Cincinnati finally scored their first TDs of the year behind Dalton (21-27, 212 yds, 2 TDs) but Aaron Rodgers led two 70+ yd drives in the 4th quarter/OT to steal the victory. DeShone Kizer made a valiant comeback effort down 17 in the 4th quarter, but fell short and didn’t help his cause with 3 INTs in the game.
This Ohio rivalry kicks off once again Sunday, but neither team has brought much excitement so far with their combined record sitting at 0-6. Assuming there’s no tie, one of these teams will come out with a victory after week 4, and Cincinnati might have the slight edge. They’ve won the last 5 matchups dating back to 2014, and although the first 2 weeks weren’t very pretty for Cincinnati, they had a real shot at a road victory in week 3 with star receiver AJ Green finally getting in the mix (10 catches for 111 yds, 1 TD). Their defense has been stepping up lately as well, contributing 9 sacks in the past 2 games and will be welcoming back leader Vontaze Burfict after a 3-game suspension. Cleveland has been building up their young core who has long-term promise, but rookie DeShone Kizer is still adjusting to the pace of the NFL as he ranks 32nd in passer rating. Cincinnati has too many talented players to continue to struggle, and this is the week where they’ll turn it around. Take them to win by more than a FG this week.