Total: 43.50 | -110.00 Under
For a number of different reasons I'm expecting this total to eclipse the posted number as the game comes down the stretch. Both teams are still playoff hopeful, in this important divisional matchup I will expect each side to open up the playbook. The Browns are turning to rookie QB Johnny Manziel. Cleveland hopes that Manziel will one day be able to become its franchise QB: "I'm very excited to get out on the field with my teammates on Sunday and to have the opportunity to make the Dawg Pound proud," Manziel said after learning he'd get the start today. The Browns will certainly be motivated here after falling 25-24 at home to Indianapolis last Sunday: "We are trying to get the offense to perform at a higher level," said Browns coach Mike Pettine earlier in the week. "Johnny has worked very hard to earn this opportunity and it will be very important for every member of the offense to elevate their play for us to obtain our desired result." Manziel has seen limited action this year, but when he did he made the most of it on November 30th, finishing 5 of 8 for 63 yards, while also scoring on a 10-yard run in a 26-10 setback at Buffalo. The Bengals will obviously be equally as motivated today, especially after falling 42-21 at home to Pittsburgh last week. For a third time this year, Cincinnati would allow a franchise-record 500 total yards. Also note that the Bengals defense took a serious hit when Pro Bowl LB Vontaze Burfict was injured in last week's loss. Cleveland can empathize with the defensive brain fart though as it would allow at least 23 points for a fourth straight game after blowing a 14 point lead to the Colts. Note that Cincinnati has seen the total go OVER the number in three of five vs. teams with winning records this year, while Cleveland has seen the total sail above the number in eight of its last 14 after two or more consecutive SU losses. In my opinion, all signs do indeed point to the OVER as the sharp move here.