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The Cleveland Browns will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. Handicapper LearLocks is here with his best bet for Monday Night Football and he has his eyes on someone you might not have thought of when looking at this game.

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, Player Prop Pick: Is Mike Thomas Flying Under the Radar?

Browns vs. Bengals Start Time, Where To Watch, and Odds

  • Date - Monday, October 31, 2022
  • Time - 8:15 p.m. EDT/7:15 p.m. PDT
  • Where - First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Where To Watch - ESPN

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Ja'Marr Chase is out for 4-6 weeks. So who is going to step up and be that number three receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals? Look no further than Mike Thomas. He doesn't have the numbers at all this NFL season, but when thrown in the mix, Joe Burrow has loved to throw to him.

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Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Prediction

Can the Cincinnati Bengals offense keep up the consistency without Ja'Marr Chase? This Bengals team really relies on the pass to generate their offense. They only are averaging a lackluster 85 yards per game on the ground this season. They have one of the worst rush offenses in all of football. Joe Burrow has been slinging the ball around 30+ times a game, and that's how this offense has moved the ball. For the most part, Joe Mixon hasn't brought this team any production this season. Now they need to replace All-Pro Ja'Marr Chase as he is out 4-6 weeks with an injury. Tee Higgins has shown up this season, and Tyler Boyd has sometimes been sneaky. Now it's up to 3rd string wide receiver Mike Thomas to fill the need for Joe Burrow in the passing game.

When Mike Thomas has played this season, he has been targeted a lot. He hasn't done much with those targets, with only 3 catches and 73 yards on the season, but he has that big play potential in him. Thomas should see a lot more playing time now that Chase is out for a couple of weeks. You know the Bengals have really struggled in the run game, and the only way they have moved the ball is through the air.

With Chase out, much of the attention will be on Tee Higgins for the Bengals. Higgins has been having a very good year and has helped Joe Burrow when needed. Now that there is no Chase, I expect defenses to play over the top on Higgins and try to shut him down and make someone else beat them. This is where a player like Mike Thomas comes into play. He will be the least worried about target, and I expect Burrow to find him early and often. His prop is very low tonight, and I expect this to be the lowest total we will see of him all season.

So for tonight, we will try to cash another PRIMETIME prop. Mike Thomas should get a lot of playing time tonight and step up big for the Bengals when they need him. When I watched him play this season, it felt like he was always open but just didn't make the play. He also has some great speed, so this prop can potentially hit on one deep pass from Joe Burrow. The Browns defense has allowed 260+ passing yards per game this season. So look for Mike Thomas as the unsung hero for the Bengals today. I expect him to cash this prop very easily.

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One of the best tennis cappers in the industry, Lear Locks will be providing OddsChecker readers with sharp tennis picks and analysis. You can follow him on Twitter at @LEARLOCKS.


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