NFL Picks: Cleveland Browns AFC North Division Future Odds

Jordan Sharp

Friday, May 24, 2013 5:58 PM GMT

The Browns are another team actively rebuilding, and they are once again heading into and offseason with a new coach and scheme.

 

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Cleveland Browns divisional future odds update 

The Browns are another team actively rebuilding, and they are once again heading into and offseason with a new coach and scheme. The NFL divisional future odds courtesy of LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas, have them as solid +700 underdogs in the AFC North odds. While there is absolutely no value in that line whatsoever, it doesn’t mean the Browns won’t hold any value in the upcoming 2013 season.

The Browns started and finished 2012 on down notes, as they opened the season going 0-5 SU and finished it losing their last three games of the season SU as well. During the 0-5 start, they went 2-2-1 ATS and finished the season about the same at 8-7-1 ATS. Not bad for a team with little to no special talent on either side of the ball.

2013 Brings another NFL betting season for the Browns, and there were other areas of note last season that we can bring with us to this year. The Browns were 10-6 cashing the under for NFL bettors last season. Trent Richardson looks like the franchise running back they hoped he would be as long as he stays healthy, but other than that they have little on offense with Brandon Weeden still developing on the fly. However, now with Norv Turner in town as the OC I see this offense being better than it was a year ago. It remains to be seen how much better, but I doubt they will again be overvalued in the NFL odds and the books will probably undervalue their defense for that matter.

Speaking of that defense they spent the 6th overall pick on Barkevious Mingo (2009 Name of the Year), a thinner, but extremely gifted and athletic outside linebacker. The Browns only had five picks in the draft, but four of them went to the defensive side of the ball. They are going to need it to, as owner Jimmy Haslam’s money is tied up in a sticky investigation into his business. Because of it, the Browns have not been able to spend in free agency as much as they would have hoped, although they have made some nice signings and retentions. Most of the guys are value-players, none of which make much money.

However bleak the situation in Cleveland looks, I think there should still be some room for optimism about their value. Their situation as a team is not as bad as say the one their owner is dealing with. Haslam owns Pilot Flying J and there are several parties filing suit against his company claiming things like fraud and breach of contract, and alleging that he knew about it the whole time.

Needless to say the attention in Cleveland is likely not on the football team this upcoming season and especially this summer, that could play into our advantage or it cold blow up in our faces. I won’t go as far as to say the Browns will have little value next season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were once again hovering around .500 ATS and well below that mark SU in 2013.