After a long offseason of deliberation and rumors, Deshaun Watson has been handed a six-game suspension. While Cleveland Browns futures odds had a suspension baked in, the finality of the decision set their prices in motion. According to a statement released Sunday, the NFLPA will not appeal the decision. How did their Super Bowl 57 odds change? Where do they stand in the AFC North?
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Cleveland Browns Futures Odds
How Their Futures Moved
These odds will continue to move all offseason long. Previously, many bettors were hesitant to bet on the Browns, but now that the suspension is set, Cleveland will probably be one of the most popular teams to bet on.
Browns Super Bowl Odds
Just hours before the decision broke, the Browns were +3000 to win Super Bowl 57 at DraftKings Sportsbook. That number was significantly down from +1400, which is what the price was right after the Browns traded for Watson in March. The best price you can buy the Browns at right now is .
The initial reposted number (+2800) was slightly shorter than the pre-announcement. This indicates DK anticipated a worse suspension (perhaps eight games).
AFC and AFC North
Congruent to their Super Bowl odds, the Browns have the eighth-shortest odds to win the AFC (+1400 at DraftKings). They sit behind the obvious contenders in the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, but also behind two of their own division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. DraftKings did not move their AFC price.
The AFC North is shaping up to be one of the most competitive NFL Divisions again. The Browns were third on odds boards at +275 before the suspension was announced. Their best price is now , a slight improvement on the initial reposted odds at DK (+230).
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Other Browns Futures Odds
Odds for the Browns were on and off boards all offseason long. Their season-long win total briefly appeared at 9.5 this summer, but was mostly OTB the past few months. At times, AFC North odds were OTB as well with oddsmakers puzzled at what to do with Cleveland.
The Browns’ win total remained steady after being reposted at .
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What Are The Browns Without Watson?
Backup Jacoby Brissett was announced to be the replacement starter by head coach Kevin Stefanski in mid-July. Brissett – while far from being the most talented QB in the division – has plenty of starting experience.
He led the Colts to a 4-12 record in 2017 and a 7-9 record in 2019 after the surprise retirement announcement from Andrew Luck. Brissett also has starting experience from his time with the Dolphins and Patriots, but this Browns roster is by far the most talented he’s had around him.
The first four games of the Browns’ season is among the easiest stretch any team has in the NFL (at Carolina, vs. New York Jets, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, at Atlanta Falcons). Should the Browns maintain as favorites against the Panthers, we can reasonably expect them to be favored in all four of these games.
However, the next two games are against the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots, both at home. Cleveland will almost certainly be underdogs in both games. Watson will make his Browns debut on the road against the Ravens on Oct. 23.
Week 1 Odds: Browns Vs. Panthers
After the Browns traded away Baker Mayfield, odds for their Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers were put up, but those too were taken down not too long after. Cleveland was a 1-point favorite and the over/under was set at 41.5 points.
Be sure to follow along with TheLines’ continuing coverage of the Cleveland Browns this offseason. Odds will move as the situation develops.