The city of Cleveland has more buzz around it than, well ever before. However while most of the attention has drawn away from football, the Browns will be center stage after the Lebron-drama dies down. But will it be a short spotlight? Their NFL Odds say so.
Super Bowl (+7500)
If we are talking about the other Cleveland sports team that has championship aspirations, then I will listen all day. However the NFL betting odds are against the Browns winning the Super Bowl this year. I don’t care if Johnny Manziel ends up usurping Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, and wins rookie of the year and the division. It still isn’t happening. However despite their star wide receiver destroying his career, and the big-time quarterback battle going on, things are looking up in Cleveland! The defense should be very good this season after showing signs of great things to come last year. They signed Donte Whitner to start at strong safety and Isaiah Trufant to give them a backup to Joe Haden and seemingly a nickel corner. Although their Super Bowl aspirations could be a few years away, the Browns could very well have some value ATS this season. However it’s all up to the offense, and unfortunately that’s where all the public hype is centered.
The AFC North is likely still too tough for the Browns to come out of, but they are not far from being there. I could easily see Cleveland win six or seven games this season, and if all goes well, maybe even eight. Their schedule is not that bad, and with a defense like theirs, they are going to win some games against worse offenses. However the problem with being confident in their ATS betting pick value is their skill players. Without Gordon likely for the entire season after he got busted for DUI a few weeks ago, the Browns’ receiving options go down. They did bring in Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin, however neither one of those guys brings the versatility and separation ability of Gordon. Jordan Cameron will have to take on a lot of the pass catching duties in the slot, however teams are going to key in on him this season without Gordon.
AFC North (+500)
The same could be said about their running back core right now. Newly signed, Ben Tate is now their leading back after spending three seasons in Houston, however the Browns also drafted Terrene West in the third round, and I expect him to get a long look this preseason and possibly during the season as well. All of this considered, I’m not against it if you want to wager on the Browns to win the division, however I would probably not recommend it as an NFL betting pick either. This division might be down this year from last. However the Steelers are better, and while the Bengals may be worse, neither them nor the Ravens will be easy to beat. This division is up for grabs, and while the Browns have the upside, I don’t think they have enough to follow through. It would be a completely different story if Gordon wasn’t facing suspension, but in reality, the Browns are still likely a year away.