Even though there are still skeptics, let’s take a look at the Browns’ odds this season. All future NFL odds for this series are courtesy of Bet365.
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Super Bowl (+6600)
This number seems right on target with where the Browns are. Even though they won’t be starting a rookie quarterback or running back this season, Cleveland has a new head coach and a lot of holes to fill. You’d think they would have some good draft picks, but outside of their 1st round selection of Barkevious Mingo, the Browns only had four other selections, and three of them were in the last two rounds. I’m not saying Cleveland and head coach Rob Chudzinski won’t come out and have an 7-9 season and have an above .500 ATS record, because they certainly could. However they could also win less than four games SU and go 6-10 ATS. This team is very unpredictable, which means no value.
Once again, this price seems pretty fair considering the circumstances. The city of Cleveland has a force field around it that repels championships. Still there are a total of six teams that have worse odds to win the Super Bowl, so things could be worst, but no one is expecting the Browns to be an above .500 team this season. If you ask me the Browns might once again be fade material. They were 8-7-1 ATS last season, so they could have a pint of value this season, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up that the Browns will be a cashing machine on a game-to-game basis.
The Browns have been making some moves in free agency this offseason, and while it remains to be seen if it will have lasting impact, it appears they are on the road to winning some games. Paul Kruger was their big signing, and while a lot of people questioned it, he will give the Browns some more defensive output. Cleveland’s defense was not bad last season, and improving it more could lead to some value.
All the questions lie on offense and away from the field. Will Trent Richardson stay healthy? Will Brandon Weeden have a sophomore slump? Will the new owner Jimmy Haslam’s legal troubles cause more than their fair share of distractions? I seems as if the Cleveland fans will once again fade away into sorrow over a below average football team.
This is Rob Chudzinski’s first gig as a head coach, but he does bring some good offensive experience. Defensive coordinator ray Horton has been retooling the defense to a 3-4 package, and I do believe it will be hard to run and throw on the Browns this season. Like I said above, they could have a lot of value, or hardly any. It all remains to be seen, but for the Browns, there are currently no offseason bets worth adding to your NFL picks.