What a season it was for Kevin Stefanski and the Cleveland Browns. In his first year as head coach, Stefanski led the Browns to their first playoff berth since 2002, their first playoff win since 1994, and their first road playoff win since 1969. As a result, Stefanski was named the 2020 Coach of the Year. Their dream run was ultimately squashed by the eventual-runners up Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round, but Browns fans are beyond satisfied with their season. Baker Mayfield emerged as the number-one pick he was meant to be, finishing his season 7-3 with a 15:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
The Browns’ offseason plan was clear– after ranking 21st in PFF’s defense rankings in 2020, the Browns went out and acquired John Johnson and Troy Hill (formerly of the Rams), Jadaveon Clowney (formerly of the Titans), and Anthony Walker Jr. (formerly of the Colts). The defensive onslaught continued in the NFL Draft, where Cleveland found a friendly board. They drafted cornerback Greg Newsome II and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah after both slipped later in their rounds.
Cleveland looks as though they’re ready to follow up their best season in over 30 years with another run at the playoffs.
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Cleveland Browns 2021 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Line|
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 12||at Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||Chiefs -5.5|
Browns prop bets
Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. In the Browns’ Week 12 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nick Chubb had a projected 77.5 rushing yards. Those who thought Chubb would rush for 78 or more yards would take the over bet while those who thought Chubb would fail to rush for 78 yards would take the under. Chubb rushed for a season-high 144 yards in the contest, giving over bettors the win.
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Browns futures odds
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures. For example:
2020 Odds to win NFL DPOY
- Chase Young -110
- Patrick Queen +450
- Kenneth Murray +1000
- Jaylon Johnson +1500
This line for the Defensive Rookie of the Year would often be bet before the season starts. Futures allow for bettors to capitalize on players they think are favorites to win awards long before the odds shift away from their favor. For example, Queen opened with odds of +900 to win the DROY award after the NFL Draft; his odds will shift as the season develops based on his performance for the Ravens defense.
Browns Super Bowl LVI odds
The Cleveland Browns opened with +2200 odds to win Super Bowl LVI– one of their best marks ever. Those odds are good enough for second-best in the AFC North and fourth-best in the AFC.
Browns AFC North odds
The Cleveland Browns were eliminated from AFC North contention and did not break their drought of division titles that dates back to 1989.
Browns win totals
9.5 wins (-150 over)/(+120 under)
The Browns finally ended their playoff drought (longest in the NFL) and even managed to pick up their first playoff win since they returned to Cleveland in 1999. There were no real losses personnel-wise and they added a pair of stud defensive backs, meaning the Browns should be right back in the mix in 2021.
How to bet on the Cleveland Browns
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Browns -185
- Eagles +310
The Browns are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -185), requiring a $185 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Eagles are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $410 total for a $100 bet ($310 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Browns -6.5 (-110)
- Falcons +6.5 (-110)
In this example, Cleveland is favored by 6.5 points, indicated by “-6.5.” If the Browns win the game 27-20, the Browns (-6.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Falcons keep the game within seven and lose 23-17, the Falcons (+6.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Browns’ Wild Card matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers had a 57.5 point total. The Browns won the matchup 47-38, resulting in 85 combined points. Those who bet the over in the matchup would have cashed out.
The Browns’ defense was porous in 2020, and coupled with a successful scoring offense, often leading them to have high point totals. Common over/under marks for the 2020 Browns fell above 52 and sometimes as high as 58.
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Browns (-225) were heavily favored against the Bengals (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Browns to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Browns fell to a big 17-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Bengals, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Browns to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Cleveland (+130) at halftime and the Browns pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Bengals (+190) in that game, but Cleveland jumps out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Cleveland (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Browns 2020 recap
Record ATS: 6-10
Over/under record: 9-7
The Browns posted their best record since 1994 (11-5) that included regular-season wins over the Steelers, Colts, and Titans. Their potent offense and excellent rushing game resulted in the Browns usually being able to overcome bad weather conditions and a sometimes-absent defense. They finished with 26.3 points scored per game (13th), which is almost six points better than their 2019 output.
Cleveland was America’s sweetheart this season, showing serious signs of explosiveness; their rout of the Titans and Colts set high expectations frequently. However, adverse weather conditions, bad luck with COVID-19, and an unshakable reputation frequently caused the Browns to not cover their spreads. Cleveland was out-scored on the year with an average point margin of -0.3 (16th). Their fast offense and porous defense led them to having frequently-high point totals on the season, which were still frequently met. The Browns saw point totals of 89, 87, and 85 this year.
Browns 2021 offseason moves
Key re-signings: LB Malcom Smith (one year, $1.3 million)
Key free agent losses: CB Terrance Mitchell (to Texans), T Kendall Lamm (to Titans), EDGE Larry Ogunjobi (to Bengals)
Key free agent signings: S John Johnson (three years, $33 million), EDGE Jadaveon Clowney (one year, $10 million)
Key draft picks: CB Greg Newsome II, LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramah, WR Anthony Schwartz, OT James Hudson, DT Tommy Togiai, S Richard LeCounte, WR/R Demetric Felton