The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are looking to rebound from Week 6 losses and will look to secure wins against one another in Week 7 at Paul Brown Stadium. Cleveland was blown out by the Steelers in its last outing just after it started to look like a good football team. Cincinnati, on the other hand, had a chance to upset the Indianapolis Colts and built a sizable lead before blowing it.
The Browns have still have a ton of offensive firepower but were held in check by Pittsburgh. Two of Baker Mayfield’s 18 passing attempts were picked off and one was returned for a touchdown Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham Jr. had modest performances but could take advantage of a Cincinnati defenses that’s below average against the run and pass.
Joe Burrow has thrown for at least 300 yards in four of his six games this season and finally got a quality outing from A.J. Green in Week 6. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins are capable of producing against the Browns’ secondary, and they could be more important than usual if Joe Mixon misses time with the foot injury he suffered in Week 6.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Browns: #25 Overall — #23 offense, #20 defense, #31 special teams
Bengals: #29 Overall — #27 offense, #18 defense, #12 special teamsse,
Browns: -3.5, -175
Bengals: +3.5, +150
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Kareem Hunt, RB, $6,800
Hunt was bottled up by the Steelers in his first game with year without Nick Chubb, who is on the IR with a knee injury. He only tallied 40 rushing yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 17 yards. Cincinnati isn’t nearly as adept at defending the run though, so the versatile back should recover and reach the end zone.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, $6,100
It’s hard to bank on Baker Mayfield after his horrendous showing in Week 6, but that doesn’t mean OBJ can’t make plays. He was limited to two catches for 25 yards against the Steelers but it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be this ineffective in a second straight game.
Joe Burrow, QB, $5,500
Mixon went down with a foot injury in Week 6 and there’s no telling what to expect from Giovani Bernard. Burrow eclipsed 300 passing yards against the Colts, who have had one of the best defenses in the NFL this season. The Browns have been one of the worst teams in the NFL against the pass, so expect another big day from Burrow,
A.J. Green, WR, $4,300
Green is cheaper than Tyler Boyd ($5,400) and Tee Higgins ($5,300) and is coming off the best game of the year. He caught eight passes for 96 yards and amassed 11 targets against Indianapolis. This is a great time to capitalize on how affordable Green is.