The Cleveland Browns are a difficult team to figure out. After a big playoff run last year, the team’s had an up-and-down 2021, with tough losses and close wins along the way. A win this week would be big for Cleveland’s hopes of winning the AFC North. The New England Patriots seem to be clicking right now with rookie QB Mac Jones, sitting at 5-4 and in contention for the AFC East division. Last week’s domination of the Carolina Panthers showed this team can be gritty when needed, and they’re always a threat as long as Bill Belichick is the man in charge. With the Browns and Patriots battling it out on Sunday, here are some player props you should consider betting on.
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Baker Mayfield Over 1.5 Passing TDs
Yeah, I’m sick of hearing how great Mayfield is without Odell Beckham Jr. too. But, let’s face it, it’s looking to be true. Mayfield looked sharp in his first post-OBJ game, tossing two TDs and completing 66.7% of his passes. I think the second half of the season will be kind to Mayfield, who has struggled with injury and inconsistency in his fourth year at the helm. Take Mayfield to toss a few scores this Sunday.
Baker Mayfield Over 0.5 Interceptions
However, I don’t expect him to go without a turnover for the second week in a row. Mayfield’s been avoiding turnovers this year, only tossing three so far. However, he’s facing a bit of a ballhawk defense, as the Patriots have nabbed 13 interceptions this season. With the Cleveland Browns down to their third-string running back (I’ll get to that next), I expect the team to air it out more often against the Patriots, meaning more potential interceptions.
D’Ernest Johnson Over 80.5 Rushing Yards
The way D’Ernest Johnson played in his sole start this season was electric. The young running back amassed 146 yards and a score on just 22 attempts, completely tearing the Denver Broncos defense apart. And, thanks to the Cleveland running scheme and offensive line, I expect him to have a productive Sunday. While the team would definitely like Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt back in the lineup, Johnson is an above-average replacement. Expect him to go over his yardage total this Sunday.
Jakobi Meyers Under 49.5 Receiving Yards
The days of the Patriots airing it out every Sunday are long gone. With rookie QB Mac Jones at the helm, the team has been much more conservative on offense. This is obvious from the stat sheet, as last week the quarterback attempted just 18 passes against the Carolina Panthers. This makes me fade the New England receiving corps, at least for the time being. WR Jakobi Meyers isn’t exactly stretching the field either, with only one game of more than 70 yards this year. Last week, Meyers hauled in one catch on four targets for a mere eight yards. I’m leaning under for Meyer’s yardage total, especially against an improved Cleveland defense.