The Week 2 Thursday Night Football matchup between inter-state rivals, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, has plenty of star power on both sides of the field. However, because this is a short week of preparation for both sides, I do believe we’ll see a one-sided affair – in favor of the Browns.
Be sure to check out all of the lines from the Week 2 matchups, with some of my analysis on the lines that really stood out early.
Nick Chubb to Score 2+ TDs (+260)
I’m really not feeling the -165 odds for Chubb to score once, so let’s get a little wild on a Thursday night! The Bengals’ run defense is one of the worst in football, and this should get him off to a good start. In my opinion, the Browns will dominate this game from start to finish; controlling the clock via the run game will be important in doing so. Once Cleveland gets around the goal line, it would be wise to give Chubb the opportunity to get into the end zone. Get Chubb to Score 2 TDs at +260 here.
Austin Hooper – Over 9.5 Fantasy Points (-115)
With fellow TE David Njoku heading to injured reserve, the signing of Austin Hooper is looking pretty damn good now. In this bet with the fantasy points, we get the added benefit of a few different things happening. For one, Hooper can score a TD and essentially win the bet right there. Also, he could notch about 4-5 catches for about 60 yards and make it work. One way or the other, it’s going to be very tough for the Bengals to stop a TE once again. If you fancy Hooper for over 9.5, get -115 at PointsBet.
Joe Burrow – Under 241.5 Passing Yards (-125)
It’s going to be the first time the No. 1 overall pick plays an NFL game on a short week, only getting three full days of preparation for the Browns. That factor alone should be enough to go under 241.5 passing yards, but there is another aspect that’ll make it an even tougher night for him. Cincinnati has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and Cleveland’s running game, led by Chubb and Kareem Hunt, should stomp through the open holes all night long and chew up the clock. If Burrow doesn’t have the football, it’s going to be awfully hard to hit this number.
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