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