Two teams that are 3-3 for the season will battle it out on Thursday night. The Denver Broncos will travel to Ohio to take on the Cleveland Browns at the FirstEnergy Stadium, with both teams battling to improve on their 0.500 record this season.
BetRivers Sportsbook has the Browns as the -122 favorites to win the game on the moneyline bet, while you can back the Denver Broncos, who are looking to end a three-game losing streak, at +108.
With the spread mark set at +2 for the Broncos (-2 for the Browns), it is clear the bookmakers see this game as a close one to call. So who will win this potentially bruising battle in Ohio this evening?
Let’s take a closer look at both teams to find out.
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Denver Broncos – Season So Far
After three weeks of the season, Broncos fans were sitting very pretty. Top of the AFC West with three wins from three, they were one of just a handful of teams with a winning record.
However, critics pointed out that wins over the Giants (1-5), Jaguars (1-5) and Jets (1-5) was not exactly a tough start to the campaign and that we would see the real measure of he Broncos in their next few games.
Three games on and after defeats to the Ravens, Steelers and Raiders, the Broncos are perhaps readjusting their expectations of what to expect this season.
This is especially the case in a division which features the Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers, all of whom are looking like potential playoff contender teams.
Teddy Bridgwater has done a solid job at quarterback for Denver, but worryingly their highly-regarded secondary has struggled the past three weeks and the Broncos now rank 11th on pass defense, although they are still 4th overall in the NFL in defensive ranking.
Jerry Jeudy will be missed at wide receiver and Teddy Bridgewater is banged up, but should be fit to play.
Cleveland Browns – Season So Far
You never know what you are going to get with the Browns. They pushed the Chiefs hard in their season opener and than went on a three game winning streak, however, they were beaten by a Justin Herbert inspired Chargers in Game 5 and last week were well beaten by the rampant Cardinals.
There’s also bad news on the injury front for the Browns offense. Baker Mayfield, the first choice QB is out and will be replaced by Case Keenum. However, it doesn’t end their with both Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb both out, D’Ernest Johnson will get a chance at running back and one of their top wide receiver targets, A.J.Green is also out, while Odell Beckham is nursing a shoulder injury, but should play.
All these injuries do make worrying reading for Browns fans, especially after witnessing their team being well beaten at home by the impressive Cardinals. The Bronco’s are not in the Cards league though and that should ensure that this game goes down to the wire.
Broncos @ Browns Tips?
This should be a close one and with both offenses struggling of late, we can’t see too many points scored here, so our first tip is for the Under 41 points bet which is -108 with BetRivers.
On the spread, I think the Broncos at +2 (-107) are the pick here, even though they may not win the game, I do think there will be just a fraction in it whoever does win and even that small advantage may just swing the game in their favor.
As for who will win, it would not surprise me to see this game go to overtime, but I think with all those injuries to so many key offensive starters, the Browns are going to struggle against that Broncos defense and as such, I am backing the Broncos to take a narrow win (+108).