BetAnySports.com is back with another great set of NFL betting props for the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. Join us for the Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns prop picks for this AFC North duel at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ray Rice To Score a First Half Touchdown (+120): It’s a little ballsy to make a play on a prop like this one, but we are basically banking on Rice to have one of the first two Baltimore touchdowns, essentially. The former Rutgers Scarlet Knight is likely to find the end zone in this one, knowing that his TDs are rarely pillaged at this point with RB Ricky Williams now retired. Rice hasn’t had the TD production that we were expecting out of him at the outset of the year, but we have a bit of a gut that in the first 30 minutes, he’ll be celebrating in the end zone against a bad Cleveland defense that is known for giving up just oodles of yards without DB Joe Haden in the lineup.
Joe Flacco Under 1.5 Touchdown Passes (+150): At some point, Flacco has to cut back on his touchdown production, because we don’t see him throwing 35-40 scores over the course of the year. He had three TDs last week on Sunday Night Football against New England, but this might be a tougher challenge to get into the end zone. There will be some deep balls, namely to WR Torrey Smith, but in the end, this is a game that should feature rushing touchdowns from in close, not these air mailed scores that come from 40 yards away. Joe Cool will get his TD, but even if Baltimore gets to 34 points in this one or something of the sorts, that doesn’t mean that he’ll end up getting to two. Cleveland is bad, but it isn’t so bad that Flacco will throw two TDs against it in two thirds of the meetings of these two in all likelihood.
Brandon Weeden Total Completions Under 21.5 (-115): This is most certainly a hefty task to put on a rookie going into his first ever start in primetime. Asking for 22 completions is a ton, and most just won’t be able to do it here at M&T Bank Stadium. If Head Coach Pat Shumur wants to see his rookie QB make it through the game in one piece, he had better have Weeden turn around and hand the ball off to RB Trent Richardson quite a bit, because the Okie State standout will get crippled if he holds the ball too long by these massive and aggressive defenders. The possibility is there that this game will be a blowout as well, and that might see Weeden on the bench for the fourth quarter, sort of like what we saw last week with QB Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers against the New York Giants. This just isn’t a good spot for Weeden to be in, and he probably won’t have a chance to complete 22 passes.
Longest Made Field of the Game Over 44.5 Yards (+100): K Justin Tucker has been booting the ball from all over the field over the course of the first three games of his career, and he already has at least one from beyond this range in two of his first three. Head Coach John Harbaugh generally allows his kickers to come out and try kicks from all over the place, and this should be no exception should the Baltimore offense end up stalling out just outside of the Cleveland red zone. Don’t forget about K Phil Dawson, who already has five field goals this year, including one from 50 yards. If there is one attempted from out here, it figures to be made, and we would think that both Dawson and Tucker have the ability to get the job done. Don’t be shocked if both end up with a kick of at least 45 yards when this is said and done.
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