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NFL Picks Week 18, and media picks for Browns vs. Bengals

The DBN staff predicts the Week 18 games, plus the national media make their predictions for Browns vs. Bengals.

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According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cleveland Browns are 7 point underdogs against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Here is what the national media is saying about the Week 18 game between the Browns and Bengals:

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Bengals 23, Browns 20

The Browns are locked in as the No. 5 seed, which means they might rest players here. The Bengals are eliminated, but they should play here against their rival in the last game of the year. This a tough one to pick, but I will go with the Bengals in a close one as the Browns will be looking ahead to more important things.

CBS Sports (John Breech) - Bengals 20, Browns 17

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) - Bengals 27, Browns 20

The Browns are set up to start the playoffs as the top wild-card team ahead of the Ravens with a date looming against beatable AFC South champions, given they defeated the Jaguars, Texans and Colts already each once this season. They could do a little tuning up with Joe Flacco and the offense, but you can bet they won’t risk key defensive talent. Jake Browning the Bengals are playing with plenty of pride and will work to make sidelined Joe Burrow proud one last time in a lost season.

Sporting News (Bill Bender) - Bengals 21, Browns 19

The Browns have a chance to sit starters in this one – even if it is another chance to antagonize their in-state rival. Cleveland is 4-1 ATS with Joe Flacco as the starter, however. What are the Bengals playing for? The Browns are 6-1 S/U in this rivalry since 2020 – and it’s still a chance for a winning season.

Below are our Week 18 NFL staff picks: