With week six wrapped up, week seven of NFL action will feature two of the top AFC teams in the Denver Broncos (3-3) and the Cleveland Browns (3-3) at FirstEnergyStadium on Thursday Night Football. Both teams will be looking to rebound after the Broncos got dominated at home by the Raiders 34-24, while the Browns were demolished at home by the Cardinals 37-14.
Both teams come into this matchup with identical 3-3 records and will look to get back in the win column. Let’s dive into this matchup and analyze each team to give you the best bets for Thursday.
Denver Broncos Betting Preview: Broncos Look to Snap Losing Streak
The Broncos embarrassingly suffered a loss last Sunday when they fell to the Raiders, accumulating their third straight loss. The final score was much closer than it actually was and felt; Derek Carr carved the Denver defense for 341 yards and two touchdowns, along with seven completions of 25+ yards.
The defensive front allowed 86 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, including Kenyon Drake ripping one-off for 31 yards to close out the first half. They will need a quick turnaround when they face the number one rushing attack in the NFL.
Denver has had no answer to opponents’ pass rush in 2021, and it was culminated by five sacks from the Raiders. The results speak for themselves, and Teddy Bridgewater committed his first three turnovers of the season, throwing three interceptions as the veteran quarterback was forced to get the ball out early.
As a whole, the offense put together their best passing performance in terms of yardage, with Teddy Bridgewater throwing for a season-high 334 yards in garbage time. At the same time, the ground game excelled with their fourth straight 100-yard rushing game.
Cleveland Browns Betting Preview: Browns Need Rebound in Must Win
I believe the Cleveland Browns are still one of the best teams in the NFL after dropping their only games to the Chiefs, Chargers, and Cardinals. The Browns dropped their second straight after being burned by the Cardinals last Sunday.
The Browns got off to an excellent start conceding just 16.8 points to opponents in their first four games. Be that as it may, the defense has been slaughtered for 82 points in their last two games, including two straight four touchdown pass games. Look for Cleveland to rely on sack leader Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney to pressure Teddy Bridgewater and the offensive line after giving up five sacks.
The offense was stagnant without Nick Chubb active and could potentially be without Kareem Hunt next week as his status is uncertain after being carted off with a calf injury. The run-first offense managed only 73 yards on the ground and got a tough matchup against the Broncos and their fifth-ranked run defense.
Betting Lines & Odds
BETUS opened the line with the Browns as the -6 favorite, with the point total set at 44.5.
Moneyline: Browns -240 | Broncos +195
Free Betting Pick
I like the Cleveland Browns to rebound in this matchup. Cleveland has played the tougher schedule so far, and their defense should get back to its successful ways after facing two of the top offenses in the league.
The combination of Cleveland’s nasty defensive front and their league-leading rushing game make the Browns dangerous on both sides of the ball. I don’t think the Broncos can rebound this quickly after three straight losses and a plethora of mistakes on offense and defense in addition to playing on the road. For that reason, I’ll take the Browns.