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Alex Highsmith of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his sack against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Alex Highsmith of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his sack against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images via AFP.

Which players will have an impact on this battle for the top spot in the AFC North? Here are our top Thursday Night Football prop picks as the Cleveland Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both the Steelers and Browns find themselves in a surprising position to start the season. Each has a shot at taking first place in the AFC North with a win in their Thursday night matchup. With the Cincinnati Bengals at 0-2, this division is wide open and this game is open to several individual performances on which to profit.   

Here are our top Thursday Night prop picks for Week 3 (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook).

Top Thursday Night Football Prop Picks

TNF Prop Predictions

Browns Over 1.5 first-half touchdowns (+165)

Surprisingly, Cleveland scored at least two touchdowns in the first half of both of its games to start the season. Thanks in large part to Nick Chubb and the running game, the Browns have found ways to move the ball into the red zone with consistency, leading to more quality scoring opportunities.     

Pittsburgh has yet to allow a team to score two touchdowns in the first half this season. Last week, the New England Patriots drove 76 yards on their first possession only to settle for a field goal after a penalty derailed the drive. The Pats did score a touchdown on a late second-quarter drive.

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Chubb anytime TD scorer (-110)

Chubb found the end zone for the first time this season last week against the New York Jets. In fact, he found it three times. The Browns' lead back already has 39 carries to start the season. In seven career games against the Steelers, he is averaging 15.1 attempts and 66.1 rushing yards per game, and he has one receiving touchdown.

Last week, Pittsburgh surrendered a touchdown to Patriots running back Damien Harris. He ended the day with 15 carries for 71 yards. In their last Thursday night game, the Steelers allowed Minnesota Vikingas running back Dalvin Cook to score twice.

Highsmith Over 4.5 tackles+assists (+130)

Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith opened the season with nine combined tackles against the Bengals. He was given plenty of opportunities to make stops as running back Joe Mixon carried the ball 27 times in that game and averaged 3.0 yards per carry. This week, Highsmith will be tasked with stopping Chubb.   

Last week, 13 Jets defenders topped this mark against the Browns, including outside linebacker Kwon Alexander who registered seven total tackles. In Week 1, Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Frankie Luvu led the team with six total tackles against Cleveland.

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Thursday Night Football prop picks made on 9/21/2022 at 10:03 a.m. ET