Two struggling teams step onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Thursday night when the Browns host the Denver Broncos. Both teams are on a losing streak. This past Sunday, Denver lost it’s third straight while the Browns lost their second in a row. Will Cleveland protect their home field? Or will Denver do enough for the moneyline victory?
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and odds for Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season. This time, we look at the NFC clash between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest NFL odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions. Check out the latest sports betting odds and lines at our online BTC sportsbook.
Broncos vs. Browns Game Information
- When: Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8:20 pm ET
- Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: FOX
- Radio: KOA 850 AM (Broncos) / 850 ESPN Cleveland (Browns)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Denver Broncos (+1.5) / Cleveland Browns (-1.5)
Why Bet on the Denver Broncos?
Although not spectacular, Denver’s offense is balanced. The Broncos average a total of 368.3 yards per game. Of the 368 yards, 250.8 arrive via the pass and 117.5 come on the ground. Denver’s main focus is to control the clock with short passes and a decent rushing attack. But although the Broncos prefer to run clock eating plays, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has the ability to pass for over 300 yards.
Bridgewater is completing over 70% of his passes. He’s known as being careful with the ball. Things fell apart for Denver’s QB1 in the Broncos’ last, though. Bridgewater tossed 3 touchdown passes. He also threw 3 interceptions. The 3 interceptions in the loss to the Raiders make up 3 of Teddy’s total 4 interceptions on the season. Expect a more focused Bridgewater on Thursday night.
Most NFL handicappers believe Denver has one of the best defenses in the league. The Broncos rank fourth in yards allowed each game, fourth in rushing yards allowed per, and fourth in points allowed each contest.
Opponents average 314.7 total yards of which 85.5 are rushing yards. Denver gives up 18.3 points per game. The average takes into account the 34 that the Vegas Raiders posted in the Broncos’ 24-34 loss in NFL Week
Why Bet on the Cleveland Browns?
Rock City is the best rushing team in the NFL. Every game, Cleveland averages a fantastic 168.7 yards on the ground. The Browns pass for 227.8 ranking twenty-sixth. The 396.3 total yards the Browns post each game ranks ninth.
Cleveland averages 26 points per, which also ranks ninth. On Thursday night, the Browns could have some trouble reaching their point output average. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt won’t play. Without their starting running backs and starting quarterback, the Browns might try and lean on their defense.
Cleveland allows just 307.7 total yards per game, ranking second in the category. The Browns rank sixth in rushing yards allowed. Opponent average 87 yards on the ground every contest. Opposing teams pass for just 220.7 each game, which ranks ninth.
Those stats are great. But the Browns defense has room to improve in takeaways, the defense has forced just 3 in 6 games, and points allowed, opponents average 25.2 each game.
Broncos vs. Browns Betting Trends
- Broncos are 11-3 ATS int heir last 14 Thursday games.
- Denver is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS loss.
- Over is 4-1 in Denver’s last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Browns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Cleveland is 5-14 ATS in their last 19 versus the AFC.
- Over is 5-1 in Cleveland’s last 6 versus the AFC.
Broncos vs. Browns Expert Betting Predictions
Word didn’t land that Mayfield would miss this game until Wednesday morning. By that time, some NFL handicappers had already dumped on Cleveland. Based on the new odds, the Browns should still take care of business. Ah, but here’s the kicker, Bridgewater is listed as probable, which means the Browns will be at a disadvantage in the most important position on the field.
Case Keenum, Cleveland’s starter, has experience. But he won’t have Chubb or Hunt to lean on in the rushing attack. Not only that, but it’s not likely that Denver’s defense folds early the way it did against the Raiders.
If Bridgewater can manage the game with a lead, forget it. Teddy is great at chewing up clock and keeping the ball. All signs point to the Broncos winning this straight up.
NFL Week 7 Pick: Denver Broncos moneyline
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