With Deshaun Watson on the shelf for the rest of the season, Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the Cleveland Browns head West this week to take on the Denver Broncos. The presence of the rookie backup has a lot to do with the Browns being 1.5-point underdogs in this one.
Another factor is the Broncos’ surprising resilience lately. After a rough start to the season, Denver has now rattled off four wins in a row, including victories over the Bills and the Chiefs. But this Browns defense could pose their toughest challenge yet.
Here are a few of the player props I like in this one.
Browns vs. Broncos player prop bets
Courtland Sutton — Last touchdown scorer (+750)
This is a long shot bet. The Browns have only given up one receiving touchdown in their last three games. But, if you’re going to play a long shot, you could do worse than this one. Sutton has scored the last touchdown in two of the Broncos’ last three contests, and he’s found the end zone in seven of the last eight.
Jerome Ford — OVER 51.5 rushing yards (-110)
The Broncos defense is bad across the board, but it’s especially bad against the run. They’ve given up nearly 200 yards on the ground over the last two weeks, and they rank 32nd in rushing yards allowed for the season. The Browns should go to Ford early and often in this game, and he should see a solid yardage total. He’s had at least 74 yards on the ground in three of the Browns’ last four road games.
David Njoku — OVER 30.5 receiving yards (-130)
No team in the NFL has given up more up more receiving yards to opposing tight ends than the Broncos. Njoku seems to be filling the role of safety valve for backup Dorian Thompson-Robinson; he was targeted 15 times last week, catching seven for 56 yards. He’s now had at least 54 receiving yards in four of his last five games.