Thursday Night Football Picks Week 5 – Browns Can Continue Winning Streak Against Bills

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Since the benching of Brandon Weeden, for either production or injury issues, the Browns have went 2-0 and now find themselves in second place in the AFC North. The Browns are one of the more surprising teams to date as many though they would continue their fall after the trading of Trent Richardson, but now they seem to be a formidable treat to beat the Buffalo Bills. The Bills seem to have made the right move by drafting EJ Manuel in the first round, but they will have to play a good game if they hope to get their third win on the year and become a legitimate sports betting option. Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, OH Odds: Browns -4.

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The Buffalo Bills’ dynamic running back duo both suffered leg injuries in Week 4, but it sounds like C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will tough it out for Thursday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.

Somehow the Browns come into this match-up as the odd-on favorite to win even though they have a former third string quarterback, Brian Hoyer, as their new starter. Without Richardson on the team the Browns have turned to throwing the ball more, which was a bit of a risk with Hoyer in but now they appear to be a dangerous team with Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon as their two main threats through the air. The Browns were able to pull off an upset of the Cincinnati Bengals last week and Hoyer continued to look like a starting caliber QB as he threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The run game failed to produce over 100 yards rushing once again but the Cleveland defense was able to do the same to the Bengals run game, which is how they got their second win this season.

The Bills have one bad loss to the New York Jets this season, but other than that they have surprised everyone as they almost beat the New England Patriots in Week 1 and are fresh off a 23-20 NFL Picks victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Manuel has quickly become the Bills’ best offensive player as he has accumulated nearly 1,000 total yards through four games and has a QB rating of 80. The future is clearly bright in Buffalo, but the real question is whether the future is now or not as the run game has struggled for the Bills, but if it can get on track with both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson breaking long runs this Bills team could surprise a few more teams this season.

The Browns do posses a solid defense which is what could ultimately win them this game considering Manuel struggled to complete 45% of his passes against the Ravens this past weekend. The Browns look like a new team with Hoyer under center and considering he has shown more consistency than Manuel it is understandable why the Bills are the underdog. However, the Bills are a team that could easily be undefeated to this point and with numerous Bills receivers stepping up their game recently I am going with the Bills as my upset pick to get the victory over the Browns. To view more NFL betting lines visit BetOnline.com..

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