Cleveland Browns Betting Preview 2018
Bet on the Cleveland Browns
I want to start off by saying, I really like Hue Jackson. The Browns have been absolutely terrible in his two seasons as head coach. Honestly, they’ve been terrible since they came back into the league, but they are 1-31 over the past two years. Last season marked only the second 0-16 record in NFL history.
You can’t blame Jackson alone for the teams’ failures. The front office dismantled this roster without replacing any of the talent. They did stockpile draft picks, but it didn’t help the product on the field. Eventually those draft picks will mean something, but with the win now attitude in the league, the Browns have been unable to compete.
Key Offseason Changes
Unlike the other Ohio team, the Browns make all the offseason moves. Once again, they are blowing up the roster, but this time it the front office is putting it together with a combination of rookies and veterans.
Plus, Cleveland managed to limit the number of free agents who ran away from the team.
Despite limiting free agent departures, there were still a few players who left. The biggest loss came with the retirement of Joe Thomas. The future hall of famer leaves a big hole on the offensive line, but there should be enough pieces in place to limit the impact of his absence. Isaiah Crowell also left the team for the Jets. Those were the biggest changes. It is worth noting that there isn’t a quarterback on the team that was on the roster last year.
A handful of impact veterans were brought in during the offseason which will change the face of the Browns. They traded for Tyrod Taylor were just took the Bills to the playoffs for the first time this century. Jarvis Landry also came in via a trade with Miami. Carlos Hyde when healthy is a quality running back and easily replaces Crowell. EJ Gaines and TJ Carrie come in to help sure up the defensive secondary. No one was signed to replace Joe Thomas because the team is giving third year player Shon Coleman a shot at left tackle.
It’s hard to say what the Browns draft looks like. Baker Mayfield was an odd selection with the first overall pick. At fourth overall, Denzel Ward was an even more peculiar pick especially with Bradley Chubb still on the board. Austin Corbett and Nick Chubb were taken in the second round. It seemed a bit early for both players, and I’m not sure either player gets a second contract. They also stretched on every pick after that. Time will tell, but this class could be a disaster.
Betting on the Browns
It’s hard to believe the Browns can be any worse. I hope they turn it around because I have a lot of respect for Hue Jackson as a coach. He went to Oakland as the offensive coordinator and massively transformed the offense in one year. At the same position in Cincinnati, he made Andy Dalton look like a franchise quarterback. This year they need to turn the corner for Jackson to keep his job.
Win the AFC North
KEEP YOUR MONEY – This team makes a move this year and will show great improvement. But that means like six or seven wins. There is no chance they finish anywhere but last in this division. Surprisingly, they are pretty close to the Bengals odds wise at +1,200.
Win the AFC Championship
KEEP YOUR MONEY – At +3,000, Cleveland is one of the largest longshots. You can’t win the AFC if can’t make the playoffs.
Win the Super Bowl
KEEP YOUR MONEY – Same as above. If longshots are your thing, the Browns are it. +8,000 is an intriguing prospect but keep your money. They don’t have a chance.
OVER -155 – The Browns sit at 4.5 for the over/under win total, and I have to take the over. The Browns have a chance to flirt with .500 this year, so they for sure hit five wins. You won’t get a big return on your money, but it is guaranteed money.