Fanelli’s Fave Five Bets for Thursday Night Football

Fanelli’s Fave Five Bets for Thursday Night Football

by September 17, 2020 0 comments

Tonight we have the battle of Ohio teams. The Cincinnati Bengals head to Cleveland to take on the Browns. In a matchup between two of the last three number one overall draft picks, Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow will battle it out in a prime time game.

For gamblers, their only rooting interest is whatever will lead to money in their pocket. However, which bets should they place from tonight’s game? Here are five bets gamblers should consider placing.

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John Ross to Score an Anytime Touchdown (+500)

Against the Los Angles Chargers on Sunday, Ross led the team with an 84 percent snap rate. While that number likely comes down this week, he is the vertical weapon in the Bengals’ offense. With the Browns down two of their starting three cornerbacks and Denzel Ward glued on A.J. Green, Burrow will take some deep shots downfield against the banged up secondary. Furthermore, Ross has scored a touchdown in 40 percent of his career games, so at 5-1 odds, Ross is a semi-long shot with a good payout.

Austin Hooper to Score an Anytime Touchdown (+225)

Jarvis Landry is questionable to play tonight as he is dealing with a hip injury. If he plays, he may be more of a decoy than a factor in the offense. Either way, Hooper should score his first touchdown as a Brown tonight. With David Njoku going on injured reserve, Hooper will see the majority of the tight end targets. Last season, Hooper averaged roughly a touchdown every other game. With Landry hurt and the Bengals focused on stopping Odell Beckham Jr. and the running game, Hooper should benefit from some extra red zone looks.

Joe Burrow Over 23.5 Rushing Yards (-118)

Last week the Browns gave up 45 rushing yards to Lamar Jackson. Meanwhile, Burrow had 46 rushing yards on eight carries against the Chargers. Burrow is more of a runner than he is given credit for by the general public. Furthermore, the Bengals offensive line is banged up and not very good even when healthy. Myles Garrett will put Burrow under pressure all game long, so expect Burrow to take off and run when the pocket collapses.

Cincinnati Bengals +7.5 (-157)

History says this is a bad bet. The last time a Bengals/Browns game ended with a difference of seven or less was Week 2 of the 2012 season. However, if you are determined to take the Bengals and the points, avoid the normal line at +6 as it is a sucker’s line. If you are going to pay the -110 price to get six points, you’re better off paying the -157 price and getting the extra 1.5 points. With 7.5 points, you’re protected from a single possession defeat. Again, history says the game will be a double-digit difference, but it’s a new era with Burrow under center. If you’re going to back the Bengals and take the points, bet the alternative line at +7.5 points.

A Safety to be Scored (+1150)

This bet is a long shot and probably won’t happen, but part of gambling is having fun. Last season there were 12 safeties scored while over the previous three seasons, there were 24 total scored. However, last week there was one safety scored, so we’re off to a hot start. If the Bengals are forced to start a drive from inside their five-yard line, a blitz from the outside cornerback or a blown double team on Garrett could result in Burrow being sacked in the end zone for a safety. The odds are very long to happen but given the Bengals’ offensive line struggles, throwing a few bucks down on this bet isn’t a bad idea.

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Mike Fanelli is the Editor in Chief and fantasy football expert for Prime Time Sports Talk since 2018. He is a featured writer for FantasyPros. Follow him on Twitter @Mike_NFL2 and reach out anytime with any fantasy football questions.

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