The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their bye week and have begun preparations for their Week 14 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns are winless on the season, and with games at Buffalo, home against San Diego, and at Pittsburgh remaining on the schedule, this game against a Bengals team dealing with several injuries is likely their last most winnable game.
The Bengals are a six-point favorite against Cleveland, but there are some unknowns for the Browns. The most notable is who will start at quarterback. The team brought in Robert Griffin III to start the season, but he was injured in his first start. They have rotated quarterbacks, with Josh McCown and Cody Kessler the most prominent among them.
Now, it sounds like RG3 might be back in the mix. The quarterback was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after Week 1, but he has been designated to return. On Monday, Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot tweeted some video of RG3 practicing, and she and others are saying there is a very good chance he starts this Sunday.
Head coach Hue Jackson said it is too soon to say whether or not RG3 will be able to play, but it makes sense he would play coy on it for now.
Does RG3 provide the Browns their best chance to actually win a game this season? They actually have some very intriguing offensive weapons. Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman are dynamic wide receiver options. Gary Barnidge is a solid tight end. And Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson have been a solid pair at running back, averaging 4.35 yards per carry and another 9.1 yards per reception.
For the time being, oddsmakers at Bovada.lv are offering +120 odds on the Browns going winless, and -160 on them winning a game. The former odds mean if you bet $100 to win $120. The latter odds mean you have to bet $160 to win $100. Winning a game is the favorite for the time being. While the Browns could spring an upset of the Bengals, I’d be more inclined to bet on them going winless.