NFL Week 11 Point Spread Preview: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
NFL Week 11 Matchup, Game Time and TV Info: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Point Spread Prediction: Bengals by 4 (Early spread: Bengals by 6)
The Browns have snagged two straight in this AFC North rivalry by managing a 34-24 win last year with Brandon Weeden — yes, Brandon Weeden — and a dominant 17-6 victory in December under the steady hand of Brian Hoyer. It will be Jason Campbell in the saddle this time as the 31-year-old quarterback continues a really unexpected career renaissance. The cagy vet leaned on Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in a 6-point loss at KC and made a 100-yard receiver out of Greg Little in a 6-point win over Baltimore. Now it’s up to an upstart Cleveland defense — a unit that’s gone from bottom-dweller to No. 4 in total yards entering today — to flummox Andy Dalton.
The third-year Bengals starting QB has been maddeningly inconsistent and occasionally brilliant, tossing five touchdowns and no picks one week and zero scores with multiple INTs the next. All the weapons in the world are there for him with AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Gio Bernard, etc. and Jay Gruden‘s skill-fitting scheme; it’s just time to stop throwing picks on poor out throws.
Key Matchup: Joe Haden vs AJ Green
The league’s best under-25 cornerback and receiver go head-to-head. What more do you want America?