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Best bets to make for Thursday’s Browns-Bengals Matchup

Joe Burrow has a good chance to bounce back in Week 2 after having an underwhelming NFL debut on Sunday.

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for his first NFL touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ohio’s two NFL teams are set to face off on Thursday night, and both sides are looking to avoid going 0-2 this season. The Cincinnati Bengals lost a close game to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 while the Cleveland Browns got blown out by the Baltimore Ravens. We’ve got a look at some best bets, with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Player props

Joe Burrow over 1.5 passing touchdowns (+148)

The Ravens don’t have any receivers that could be considered elite, but thy torched the Browns through the air. Cleveland forked up 275 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to Lamar Jackson and company. The Browns did a great job containing the offense that had the most dynamic rushing attack in NFL history last year, so I expect Cleveland to be ambitious in the passing game. Burrow threw 36 passes against the Chargers’ elite secondary in Week 1 and mistakes made by his wide receivers ruined two potential touchdowns passes. I think the field will be more open for Burrow against the Browns and wouldn’t be surprised if he tallied two or more passing touchdowns against a less competent group of defensive backs. The top pick in the 2020 pick has game experience in the NFL now and should settle in.

Odell Beckham Jr. to score a touchdown (+150)

Beckham had an underwhelming line in Week 1 against one of the best secondaries in the NFL. While he caught just three passes for 22 yards, he was targeted a game-high 10 times. Jarvis Landry is battling a hip injury ahead of kickoff but is expected to play. I think Beckham should be prioritized over any player who could end up being a game-time decision.

Game lines

Browns to win by 7-12 points (+400)

Cleveland is favored by six points in this game as the home team. The Browns didn’t have fans during their 36-8 loss to the Ravens, but have been cleared to fill 10 percent of FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday. While the affect of home field advantage could be reduced, I think spectators could inject the host with energy that will help them cover the spread with room to spare.