Cleveland Browns Online Betting – 2018 Football Odds
The win total for the Cleveland Browns has decreased in each of the last two seasons, and that’s hard to do when you start with just three. So after becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16, there is nowhere to go but up. Oddsmakers have the Browns win total at 6.5, and that’s a huge leap from where the club finished. A six-win improvement from one season to the next is nearly unheard of in the league. After going 4-44 over the last three seasons, the club stockpiled draft picks and if those players do their jobs, the Browns just might get their total.
2018 Cleveland Browns at a Glance
Browns Super Bowl Odds: +9500
Browns AFC Championship Odds: +4500
Browns AFC North Odds: +1200
Browns Regular Season Win Total: 6.5
Offensively the Browns were a mess in 2017. They had a trio of quarterbacks who all looked overmatched when on the field and none of them are back. Instead, the club used the first overall pick in the draft on Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield in an effort to solidify a position that’s been a black hole since the Browns rejoined the NFL in 1999. Mayfield is expected to one day be the starter, but in the meantime they acquired Tyrod Taylor, who is an upgrade from DeShone Kizer. Taylor led the Buffalo Bills to a surprising playoff berth last season and will take better care of the football than Kizer, who led the league with 22 interceptions.
Taylor, or whoever starts the opener, will be the 29th different starting quarterback for the club since 1999. And in an effort to improve on the league’s lowest scoring team from last year, playmakers were added to the group. The return of Josh Gordon gives the receiving corps a boost, as does the acquisition of Jarvis Landry. During the offseason Gordon boasted that the Browns have “the best group of receivers in the league.” That’s a stretch, but they are significantly improved.
Statistically the Browns weren’t terrible on defense last season. They ranked seventh in rushing yards and 14th in total yards allowed, but they were hung out to dry too many times by the 41 turnovers committed by the offense. The line can potentially be great if Myles Garrett stays healthy. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick played only 11 games and racked up a team-best 7.0 sacks. The Browns won’t go winless again in 2018, but making the leap to playoff contender is a stretch.
2018 Cleveland Browns Schedule
Week 1: Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 2: Browns at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 3: Browns vs. New York Jets, Thursday, Sep. 20, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN)
Week 4: Browns at Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sep. 30, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 5: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 6: Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 7: Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 8: Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 9: Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 10: Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 13: Browns at Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 14: Browns vs. Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 15: Browns at Denver Broncos, Saturday, Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m. ET (NFLN)
Week 16: Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: Browns at Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Cleveland Browns History
Back when the Browns came into existence, they were a model franchise. Joining the All-America Football Conference in 1946, Cleveland won the league title in all four years before the AAFC folded. Joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns won another championship in their inaugural season, and played in the next five championship games, winning additional titles in 1954 and 1955, as well as in 1964. Their streak of playing in 10 consecutive league championship games is unequaled in any North American professional sports league.
The club wasn’t as successful once the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The Browns reached the postseason five times between 1970 and 1985. They enjoyed their best run of success since the early 1960s under coach Marty Schottenheimer starting in 1986 when they won 12 games and reached the AFC Championship. The Browns would play for the conference title in two of the next three seasons, only to be denied each time by the Denver Broncos. That’s the closest they’ve come to playing in a Super Bowl.
Following the 1996 season, owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore and as part of the deal reached between the city and the NFL, Cleveland would retain the Browns’ properties with a new team to be established by 1999. The Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999 and they’ve struggled. They’ve had just two winning seasons and one playoff appearance while sifting through nine head coaches. With Buffalo qualifying for the playoffs last season, the Browns now own the NFL’s longest current playoff drought.
|2002||9-7||Lost Wild Card|
|1994||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1989||9-6-1||Lost Conference Championship|
|1988||10-6||Lost Wild Card|
|1987||10-5||Lost Conference Championship|
|1986||12-4||Lost Conference Championship|
|1985||8-8||Lost Divisional Round|
|1982||4-5||Lost Wild Card|
|1980||11-5||Lost Divisional Round|
|1972||10-4||Lost Divisional Round|
|1971||9-5||Lost Divisional Round|