Cleveland Improved, Yet Still Under Play for Wins

Cleveland Browns Rookies

Doug Upstone

Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:37 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 7:37 PM UTC

For once, we have to give Cleveland some credit. They took three players in the first round of the draft that could be stars. They might have their quarterback of the future in DeShone Kizer.

While some players might help immediately, the Browns are not really sure if they have their quarterback of the future and it a given at best Cody Kessler might make them a .500 in a couple years. With South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas hanging a 4.5 win total on Cleveland, what are their prospects?


Wins You Can Count On: The easy answer is none, but we will try and be a little more optimistic. In Weeks 4 and 5 Cleveland has Cincinnati and the New York Jets near the Lake Erie shore and this could be two victories. The Week 8 contest with Minnesota in England would seem to offer hope, as would Week 11 when Jacksonville heads to northern Ohio.


Games That Could Go Either Way: Two matchups that stand out are road games, at Chicago and at the Los Angeles Chargers. Neither figures to have a real home field advantage and if Cleveland can run the ball and not turn the ball over, they will have a chance.


Real Trouble Spots: In truth, too many to mention. Let's start with it would seem at best the Browns are 1-5 in the division, with losing all six again a real possibility. (For NFL picks, the Browns could go 3-3 ATS.) Contests against Green Bay, Tennessee, at Indianapolis, at Houston and at Detroit do not seem to offer much hope.


Week 1, September 10, 1 pm Steelers - Loss

Week 2, September 17, 1 pm at Ravens - Loss

Week 3, September 24, 1 pm at Colts - Loss

Week 4, October 1, 1 pm Bengals - Win

Week 5, October 8, 1 pm Jets - Win

Week 6, October 15, 1 pm at Texans - Loss

Week 7, October 22, 1 pm Titans - Loss

Week 8, November 29, 9:30 am Vikings (England) - Win


Week 10, November 12, 1 pm at Lions - Loss

Week 11, November 19, 1 pm Jaguars - Loss

Week 12, November 26, 1 pm at Bengals - Loss

Week 13, December 3, 4:05 pm at Chargers - Loss

Week 14, December 10, 1 pm Packers - Loss

Week 15, December 17, 1 pm Ravens - Loss

Week 16, December 24, 1 pm at Bears - Win

Week 17, December 31, 1 pm at Steelers - Loss


Bottom Line: Cleveland will be better, how could they be much worse, but will fall just short against the NFL odds at 4-12.


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