An AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Browns wraps up Week 8 of the NFL season. Cincinnati is a three-point road favorite despite having dropped its last four contests against Cleveland. After a promising start, the Browns are on a four-game losing streak while the Bengals are winners of two in a row.
Even though Ja’Marr Chase has already been ruled out for the game, there’s still offensive players to watch—and bet on—for both sides that make this Halloween night matchup even more interesting.
Here are three prop bets I like in this game.
Joe Burrow Over 263.5 Passing Yards (-114)
Burrow cleared this total by more than 200 yards a week ago in his best game of the season. He averages just under 300 yards per game and has only failed to eclipse this number in two of seven games this year. And in three career games against Cleveland, Burrow has thrown for at least 280 yards in each meeting. Even with top receiver Ja’Marr Chase out, this feels like an easy over for Burrow, whose connection with Tyler Boyd has come alive in the past few weeks. Cleveland has defended against the pass relatively well—Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert both finished with under 250 yards —but the Bengals are passing more than ever, so Burrow will have plenty of chances to break off some big gains.
Donovan Peoples-Jones Over 42.5 Receiving Yards (-114)
DPJ has emerged as a solid No. 2 option for Jacoby Brissett and has strung together several weeks of consistent play. Peoples-Jones has 50 or more yards four games in a row and 70 or more in three of his last four. In the five games where he has seen at least five targets, Peoples-Jones has hit the over on this prop each time. Cincinnati’s secondary has held up well this season, but DPJ is capable of delivering on the over with just one deep ball and his increased involvement should see to it that he clears this total with or without a chunk play.
Amari Cooper Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+160)
Cooper has scored in every Browns home game this season and has been held out of the end zone in every road game. Does he just love playing at FirstEnergy Stadium? Maybe. But the real reason behind his stark home vs. away splits is the bump in usage he sees when Cleveland plays on its own turf. Cooper has 10-plus targets in every home game, so he has way more opportunities to score than on the road where he’s topped out at six targets in three games. And when Jacoby Brissett gets inside the 20, he knows where he’s going with the ball: Cooper is tied for 12th in red-zone targets, which is where all of his touchdowns have come this season. Bet on another against the Bengals.