Betting on the Quarterbacks on Thursday Night Football

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4.5 point underdogs to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football.
  • Jacoby Brissett has -160 odds to pass for less than 197.5 yards.
  • Mitch Trubisky has -120 odds to have more than 31.5 pass attempts in the game.

CLEVELAND – Jacoby Brissett and Mitch Trubisky are going to be the primetime headliners on Thursday Night Football as the Cleveland Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Odds

  • Pittsburgh Steelers +4.5
  • Cleveland Browns -4.5

Brissett and Trubisky are not world-beaters. The two of them are tipped to combine for about 400 passing yards total by the online sportsbooks.

Total Passing Yards – Jacoby Brissett

  • Over 197.5 +120
  • Under 197.5 -160

In two games so far this season, Brissett has thrown for 147 yards and 229 yards. He’s played three games against the Steelers in his career, but only one as a starter.

In that game, Brissett passed for 222 yards as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Total Passing Yards – Mitch Trubisky

  • Over 203.5 -115
  • Under 203.5 -115

Trubisky has not passed for more than 200 yards this season, passing for 194 and 168 yards against the Bengals and Patriots respectively.

In his four seasons as a starting QB, he averaged more than 203.5 yards per game in three of them.

Total Passing Attempts – Jacoby Brissett

  • Over 27.5 +100
  • Under 27.5 -130

Brissett has attempted 27 and 34 passes in his two games so far. Interestingly, he attempted less passes in the game in which he passed for 229 yards than he did in the game in which he passed for 147 yards.

The odds suggest that he’s likely to go under on this prop, despite having thrown reasonable numbers of passes in his previous games.

Total Passing Attempts – Mitch Trubisky

  • Over 31.5 -120
  • Under 31.5 -110

Trubisky is expected to throw a bit more than Brissett, with an O/U four passes higher, and shading going towards the Over.

He’s attempted 38 and 33 passes so far as the Steelers’ starting QB, with about 5.0 yards per attempt on average.

This suggests a passing profile that involves a lot of short passes to players like Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson who are comfortable operating in space.

The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. The game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET.