Thursday Night Football DFS Breakdown: Bengals vs. Browns

Thursday Night Football DFS Breakdown: Bengals vs. Browns

This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.

The second Thursday night game of the season pits AFC North foes against each other in the battle for Ohio (eye roll), with the 0-1 Bengals traveling to play the 0-1 Browns. Cincinnati was at least close to winning (or not losing) their Week 1 game against the Chargers, but a missed field goal with seven seconds left clinched their 16-13 defeat. It was a very unfortunate result after rookie quarterback Joe Burrow led a late drive that started at his own 18-yard line to set up the game-tying 31-yard field goal, only to see it go wide right. Those who were fortunate enough to get Bengals +3.5 were certainly fine with the outcome, though the late-week move to +3.0 wasn't as fun.

Meanwhile, the Browns were crushed 38-6 by the Ravens in Baltimore, but that has done little to make people think they aren't firmly the better team Thursday, as they come in as 6.0-point favorites in a game with a 43.5-point total on DraftKings Sportsbook. For reference, the 49ers are 7.0-point road favorites against the Jets in a game with a 42.5-point total while the Bears are -5.5 against the Giants with a 42.5-point total. On the surface, it feels like this game should be closer, something echoed by our very own Chris Liss, who thought the line should be Browns -4.0 and guessed it would be -3.0.

What's also a bit weird about this game is that there are a ton of play-makers who have high

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is an eight-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for Football Writer of the Year.
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