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Best bets to make for Thursday’s Broncos-Jets Matchup

We go over some of our favorite betting options for Thursday’s Broncos-jets matchup.

Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien and quarterback Jeff Driskel during practice at UCHealth Training Center. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos and New York Jets will kick off Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season with a Thursday Night Football matchup at MetLife stadium. Kickoff os set for 8:20 p.m. ET and both sides are looking to build on 0-3 records. Injuries could cause some ragtag lineups to be featured on the field, and we’ve identified some of our favorite bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the matchup.

Player props

Brett Rypien over 219.5 passing yards (+140)

It makes sense that DraftKings Sportsbook is low on Rypien, as Thursday will mark his first career NFL start. He got a chance to show what he can do in Week 3 and was 8-of-9 passing for 53 yards with one pick. Rypien was a perfect 8-for-8 before throwing an interception on his final throw of Week 3, and isn’t your average backup. Rypien ranks 13th on the all-time FBS passing list thanks to his 13,578 passing yards through four years at Boise State. Denver let Jeff Driskel hurl 34 passes before they pulled the plug on him last week, and I think Rypien should get an opportunity to do the same of he finds success early.

Noah Fant to score a touchdown (+1000)

Fant has been Denver’s most productive pass catcher. He leads the Broncos in receptions (14), receiving yards (184), and touchdowns. Rypien was able to move the chains fairly easily against the Buccaneers on Sunday, and if he does that again I expect him to make use of his most dangerous red zone target.

Jamison Crowder of 54.5 receiving yards (-110)

Crowder is expected to return from a two-game hiatus on Thursday and could be Sam Darnold’s only reliable target. The Broncos have surrendered at least 80 receiving yards to a wideout in every game this season, and Crowder had a dominant 100-yard game in his season debut. Crowder could be one of the few bright spots in the Jets’ offense and could be successful against Denver’s struggling cornerbacks.

Game lines

Broncos to win (+102)

Denver is only a 1-point underdog in this matchup. The Jets won’t have any fans backing them at MetLife, so the lack of a true home-field advantage could swing the odds in the Broncos’ favor. Even though Denver is starting its third string quarterback, it has far more talent on offense than New York.