NFL: TOP EXPERT RELEASES SELECTION FOR BROWNS VS. BENGALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

BROWNS VS. BENGALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Winner Picks

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NFL: TOP EXPERT RELEASES SELECTION FOR BROWNS VS. BENGALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

SportsLine’s all-time No. 1 expert Mike Tierney entered this season 282-222 on all NFL picks. He has released another selection for Thursday Night Football matchup between Cleveland and Cincinnati.

BROWNS VS. BENGALS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Winner Picks

Thursday Night Football Cleveland vs. Cincinnati

A pair of AFC teams continue their longtime rivalry when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. Cleveland is a six-point favorite and the over-under is 43.5 in the latest Browns vs. Bengals odds from William Hill. Before locking in any picks of your own, you NEED to see what SportsLine’s all-time No. 1 NFL expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.

A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He prefers to evaluate each game from the underdog’s point of view and has used that philosophy to dominate the NFL, going 66-44 against the spread in 2019 and 63-46 in 2018.

Tierney entered the 2020 season with a 282-222 record at SportsLine (2016-19) on all NFL picks, returning $3,704 to $100 players, and hit all six of his Week 1 picks. He’s also had a sharp eye for the tendencies of both the Browns and Bengals, posting a stunning 16-3 record on against-the-spread picks for or against Cleveland and Cincinnati! Anyone who has followed him is WAY UP.

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Now he’s studied Browns vs. Bengals from every possible angle. We can tell you he’s leaning Under the total, and he’s also found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before you lock in your own picks.

Here is Tierney’s pick and analysis (posted Monday):

BENGALS +5.5

CINCINNATI BENGALS @ CLEVELAND BROWNS | 9/17 | 8:20 p.m. ET

Huh? The team that laid a giant egg in the league’s worst Week 1 defeat is laying more than five points? Plus, it emerges from that game beat up, with three players going down in the thrashing at the hands of Baltimore. The fates of three key members of the secondary who sat out the opener are unclear. Cincinnati came away from its opening loss reasonably healthy, and calm rookie QB Joe Burrow passed his first test with a conservative game plan that could be loosened up. Burrow won’t have to deal with the raucous Dawg Pound in what would have been an unsettling scenario.

 

Expert
Picks (6 Live)
Micah Roberts
FORMER VEGAS BOOKMAKER
8:07 PM

 CLEVELAND -6

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

Both teams come off awful offensive performances. But I can see the Browns being more polished in Week 2, working hard on a short week. The Browns are an emotion-driven team and last week it worked against them with the sulking, but I like it to work fin their favor against the last team they defeated, in Week 14 last season. The one thing the Browns did well last week was run the ball. Take the Browns to cover.

4-3-1 IN LAST 8 CLE ATS PICKS | +55

R.J. White
SUPER STAT GEEK
7:02 PM

 CINCINNATI +6

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

Despite only putting up 13 points, I was impressed by Joe Burrow in his NFL debut and I expect him to have a big day here against a much worse defense in Cleveland. The Browns are incredibly beat up already, with 10 players questionable or worse on the final injury report. That will help an improved Bengals defense slow down a Browns offense that’s still finding its feet under Kevin Stefanski. The Bengals have lost 13 straight on the road but are 8-5 ATS in those matchups as well as 8-3 ATS in that stretch when ‘dogs of at least four points. Look for them to cash once again in that situation here.

 8-2 IN LAST 10 NFL PICKS | +580

15-10 IN LAST 25 CIN ATS PICKS | +399

12-8-2 IN LAST 22 CLE ATS PICKS | +317

Hank Goldberg
HAMMER
1:57 PM

 CLEVELAND -6

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

Everybody is raving about Joe Burrow but aside from the last drive I thought he was very ordinary. He’ll be good eventually, but this is a game in which the Browns will assert themselves. They’re more talented than they showed Week 1. Lay the points.

3-1 IN LAST 4 NFL ATS PICKS | +190

3-0 IN LAST 3 CIN ATS PICKS | +300

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CLE ATS PICKS | +161

Matt Severance
SEVERANCE PAYS
YESTERDAY 5:22 PM

 OVER 43.5

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

Yes, these state rivals combined for only 19 points in Week 1 losses, but both teams are missing key defensive players due to injury. Baker Mayfield can only improve off his effort in Baltimore, and Joe Burrow should also be better with an NFL game under his belt. The total has gone Over in four of the past five in this series with an average final score of 49.4 points. It should be in that ballpark again, but jump now at 43.5 before before it potentially rises back up to 44 (could see a 24-20 final score). Over is the play.

Mike McClure
MONEY
YESTERDAY 11:56 AM

 CINCINNATI +6

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

My simulations make the Browns -2.1 points better on a neutral field, 4.7 points better in a traditional home game, and 3.8 points better in a 2020 home game. I liked a lot of what I saw from Joe Burrow in his debut in a game they likely should have won without the questionable offensive pass interference in the end zone. The Bengals with the points are a must play considering the 2.2 point edge in the model.

3-0 IN LAST 3 NFL ATS PICKS | +300

Mike Tierney
TOP DOG
MON 9/14

 CINCINNATI +5.5

CINCINNATI @ CLEVELAND | 9/17 | 8:20 PM EDT

Huh? The team that laid a giant egg in the league’s worst Week 1 defeat is laying more than five points? Plus, it emerges from that game beat up, with three players going down in the thrashing at the hands of Baltimore. The fates of three key members of the secondary who sat out the opener are unclear. Cincinnati came away from its opening loss reasonably healthy, and calm rookie QB Joe Burrow passed his first test with a conservative game plan that could be loosened up. Burrow won’t have to deal with the raucous Dawg Pound in what would have been an unsettling scenario.

 6-0-1 IN LAST 7 NFL PICKS | +600

13-3 IN LAST 16 CIN ATS PICKS | +971

3-0 IN LAST 3 CLE ATS PICKS | +300

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