A defensive battle is on the slate in this year’s very last Thursday Night Football game. The New York Jets travel to face the Cleveland Browns in a game where scoring could be difficult. The Browns are playing for playoff seeding while the Jets are just playing for next year. If the Jets have decided that the off-season is already here, the Browns could easily win this game. Each week, Canal Street Chronicles will preview the props and wagers for all Thursday games. Thank you to our friends over at DraftKings Sportsbook for the wagering lines for the CSC Thursday Football preview and props.
Thursday Night Football best bets
Browns game line -6.5(-139)
Joe Flacco is playing incredibly for the Browns after being signed off the street mid-season. The Browns defense was always their strength, but Flacco has had enough in the tank to get the ball to his variety of playmakers on the offense. Helping him is one of the NFL’s best defenses. The Browns give up just 260 yards per game, the lowest in the league by a significant margin. Not only do the Browns have something to play for, they have a ton of momentum behind them as they have won three straight. The hometown Browns fans are likely to be raucous, making them an easy pick in this Thursday Night Football finale.
Jerome Ford over 12.5 rushing attempts(-110)
If the Browns are going to win this game, they will likely grind against the mediocre Jets run defense using lead running back Jerome Ford. This is because the Jets also boast one of the league’s best passing defenses, second only to the Browns. Ford and fellow running back Kareem Hunt have not played well recently but that was in tougher matchups. Hunt has been awful in these last two games, averaging just over a single yard per carry. Ford has been the better of the two and the Jets are not likely to put up much of a fight on offense, leading to the Browns running out the clock in the second half. With the playoffs in the near future and the Browns having reasons to play, Jerome Ford will rush over 13 times in the game.
Breece Hall over 30.5 receiving yards(-120)
One of the few areas that the Browns can be attacked is underneath passes, especially to running backs. The Browns defense is still very good against running backs, just not as great as in other areas. They do allow 34 yards per game to opposing backs, the 12th best in the league. With very few weapons on this Jets team, Breece Hall should get the ball early and often in an okay matchup. Hall is a dynamic playmaker who is dangerous anytime he touches the ball and it just takes one play for him to go over 31 yards.
Long shot of the night
Safety to be scored(+750)
When defensive minded teams collide, field position and stalled drives matter greatly. Expect the punters for both teams to get a good workout for this primetime matchup. This should also lead to some drives starting close to each team’s end zone. Between Joe Flacco and Trevor Siemian, rushing and scrambling is not going to be on the table for either. This is great news for both pass rushes, especially Myles Garrett. A late season game in Cleveland weather with two hard-nosed teams would not be complete without a random safety. This is a huge long shot so proceed with caution, but it is worth a look for a one-off wager.