Cincinnati Bengals: 3 best prop bets for Week 9 vs Browns

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The Cincinnati Bengals host the Cleveland Browns for the first battle of Ohio of the 2021 season. Let’s take a look at the best prop bets for this AFC North showdown. 

The 5-3 Cincinnati Bengals welcome in the 4-4 Cleveland Browns for what’s sure to be a feisty matchup. These two teams hate each other and have for decades but the big difference between this year and previous year’s matchups is that both teams are competitive this year.

The Bengals gave it all they had against the Browns last year but fell short in both games. This time around, they match up better against Cleveland and have a lot to prove after falling to the Jets this past Sunday.

With the game on the horizon, let’s glance at a few player prop bets from this game. All odds are courtesy of WynnBET.

Cincinnati Bengals Prop Bets

1. Baker Mayfield Passing Touchdowns (1.5) 

Baker Mayfield has been hit or miss since going No. 1 overall to the Browns and that’s continued this season. The offense in Cleveland goes as the running game goes but Mayfield might have to air it out more than he’s used to this week.

Fortunately for him, the Bengals were gashed on screen plays last week and set up the legendary performance by Mike White. If the Browns are smart, they’d take the exact same page out of New York’s playbook and run that against this Cincinnati defense.

If they do so, Mayfield should easily be able to pass the 1.5 touchdown total set for him by WynnBET. He has Nick Chubb as his running back, so getting short passes off to the best weapon on the team shouldn’t be a problem.

Prediction: 2 passing touchdowns — Over (+115)

2. Nick Chubb Rushing Yards (88.5)

As I alluded to in the Mayfield passing touchdowns writeup, the Browns should implement a strategy of dinking and dunking against the Bengals’ defense. After all, it worked for the Jets last weekend.

If the Browns do indeed go with the short passes, Chubb is going to be the benefactor there, at least in the passing game. Where this might deduct from, however, is his rushing production.

The over/under for Chubb this week is set at 88.5, which typically is low for the elusive running back. He had 61 yards rushing last week in the loss to Pittsburgh and while he has two 100+ yard performances this season, Chubb should be utilized more in the passing game this week, taking away from his rushing potential.

Prediction: 68 rushing yards — Under (-115)

3. Joe Burrow Passing Touchdowns (2.5)

Joe Burrow has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in every single game this year, proving he’s the answer in the Queen City. To expand on that, Burrow has three straight games where he’s thrown three touchdown passes, and we can probably expect that streak to expand to four.

Yes, the Browns’ defense is better than that of the Lions, Ravens, and Jets, but they haven’t been perfected this year either. Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray easily threw for four touchdowns against them and Burrow is roughly on the same level as those two guys.

It’s nice to finally see WynnBET bump the over/under for Burrow’s touchdowns to 2.5 because betting the over on 1.5 was getting stale, wasn’t it?

Prediction: 3 passing touchdowns — Over (+135)

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