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Thursday Night Football Best Bets: Week 2 - Bengals vs. Browns

Thursday Night Football Best Bets: Week 2 - Bengals vs. Browns

Week 2 Thursday Night Football: Vegas Whispers Sharp Play

SI Gambling Insider Frankie Taddeo takes a look at the odds for the Thursday Night AFC North clash between the Bengals and Browns

After an exciting and unpredictable Week 1, NFL bettors have another great betting card on tap in Week 2. The action will kick off with an AFC North clash when Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns play host to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. The Browns are currently six-point home favorites with a total sitting on the game at 43.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

  • Moneyline: Cincinnati (+215) | Cleveland (-250)
  • Spread: Cincinnati +6 (-110) | Cleveland: -6 (-110)
  • Total: 43.5 Over: (-110) | Under: 43.5 (-110)
  • Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  • Game Info: Thursday September 17, 2020 8:20 p.m. ET | NFL Network

On the offensive side for Cincinnati, fantasy owners will want to get RB Joe Mixon as well as WRs AJ Green and Tyler Boyd into their starting lineups. Mixon, the Bengals versatile running back, will look to rebound after a lackluster Week 1 against the Chargers. The Browns surrendered two touchdowns on the ground last week to Ravens rookie RB J.K. Dobbins, so Mixon owners will be looking for him to post his first touchdown of 2020 in Week 2. Green, who saw game action for the first time since 2018, looked solid in his return last week, grabbing 5 of 9 targets for 51 yards. His stat line would have looked much better if not for a controversial offensive pass interference call in the final seconds that negated a potential game-winning touchdown. Boyd, who had a big 2019 campaign, was bottled up in Week 1, posting just 7.3 PPR fantasy points and will be looking for a bounce-back against a Browns defense that was torched by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in Week 1.

On the Cleveland side, fantasy owners will be starting Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper. Owners will lean heavily on Chubb to be more involved in the Browns offensive attack in Week 2 after being out-touched by backfield teammate Kareem Hunt. 6.6 PPR fantasy points likely doomed any fantasy team that invested a late-first, early second-round pick on the former Georgia star. Beckham once again looked lost in the Browns game plan despite leading the team in targets (10) as he only managed three receptions for 22 yards. With his strong propensity for the national TV spotlight, expect a much better outing from the star wideout on Thursday night. With TE David Njoku out with an injury, expect Hooper to get more involved in Week 2 against a vulnerable Bengals secondary.

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Nearly 69% of all wagers to come in on the Thursday night opener have come in support of the Bengals and grabbing the six points. The line, which opened at DraftKings Sportsbook at +7.5 points, has been bet down to its current offering of plus-6. The total opened in Vegas at 46.5 has seen strong support toward the under, resulting in an adjusted total of 43.5.

It is important to highlight that the Bengals are 9-2 ATS in their last six meetings in Cleveland. However, on the flip side, the favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two AFC North foes, with the Browns winning three of the last four SU.

The Vegas Whispers sharp play for Thursday Night is on the OVER 43.5, which is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings in the battle for Ohio and can still be found at DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Play: OVER 43.5 (-110)

vegas whispers
  • The favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two AFC North foes
  • The Bengals are 9-2 ATS in its last 11 meetings with the Browns
  • The Bengals are 5-1 ATS in its last 6 meetings in Cleveland
  • The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between these rivals in Cleveland
  • The Browns are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 Thursday games
  • The under is 8-1-1 in the Bengals last 10 games as a road underdog

The sharp information out in Vegas supplied only to Sports Illustrated was on fire winning both their wagers in the Championship games as well the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Over the entire 2019 NFL postseason the Vegas Whispers sharps absolutely crushed the sportsbooks going 7-0 ATS and is currently on a 14-4 run on NFL plays. On the college gridiron, the sharps are also 9-4 ATS in their last 13 collegiate games shared here at Sports Illustrated. The information straight from Frankie Taddeo, Sports Illustrated’s Gambling Vegas Insider, is currently also on a 74-53 (60%) +15.51 run in Major League Baseball.

After an exciting and unpredictable Week 1, NFL bettors have another great betting card on tap in Week 2. The action will kick off with an AFC North clash when Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns play host to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. The Browns are currently six-point home favorites with a total sitting on the game at 43.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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